Should We Give Children Dessert for Breakfast

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Blueberries-Granola-Vanilla-Yogurt_cWith today's fast-paced lifestyles, it's no wonder that busy moms can be tempted to rely on high priced, sugar-coated cold cereals that are low in nutrition. But how about dessert for breakfast? Feeding your children (or your husband or yourself, for that matter) dessert for breakfast doesn't sound very healthy, does it? How about feeding your children fresh fruit, cottage cheese, eggs and plain yogurt for breakfast, accompanied by whole-grain bread? That sounds a lot better, doesn't it?

By Pat Meadows

With today's fast-paced lifestyles, it's no wonder that busy moms can be tempted to rely on high priced, sugar-coated cold cereals that are low in nutrition. Oatmeal, and that other old stand-by hot cereals are both nutritious and frugal, but reliance on them for more than one or two breakfasts per week is almost certain to cause rebellion in the ranks.

How about dessert for breakfast? Feeding your children (or your husband or yourself, for that matter) dessert for breakfast doesn't sound very healthy, does it? How about feeding your children fresh fruit, cottage cheese, eggs and plain yogurt for breakfast, accompanied by whole-grain bread? That sounds a lot better, doesn't it? But your child wouldn't eat fresh fruit, cottage cheese, eggs and plain yogurt for breakfast? I bet she'll really enjoy the Banana Cheese Pie recipe given below.

And it gets even better. Besides being both healthy and frugal, the four "dessert for breakfast" recipes below can all be made the night before. Three of them only take a very few minutes to prepare, and the fourth -- the muffins -- can be frozen and popped in the microwave when you're ready for warm, fresh muffins.


Here are some recipes:

Cheese Pie with Banana and Honey

Vanilla Bread Pudding

Whole-wheat Muffins


Final notes

You will have noticed, I hope, that the recipes I've shared with you are all very lightly sweetened, fairly low in fat and have substantial amounts of healthy ingredients. If you want to lower the fat contents even more, you can substitute two egg whites for each whole egg called for in the recipes -- except the custard. The custard needs the whole eggs.

If you look through your own dessert recipes with a critical eye as to their nutritive value, you may find other "dessert for breakfast" recipes that your family will enjoy. And don't forget muffins and quick breads! I've found that quick breads and muffins are the very best way to get "white flour people" to begin enjoying healthy whole grain foods.


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