5 Of The Worst Breakfast Foods For Kids And DIY Healthier Options

2. Pancakes


Who hasn’t tried Kellogg’s Eggo Pancakes with Aunt Jemima’s Syrup? Sure, they are convenient and an American breakfast staple, but they are one of the worst options for breakfast. Refined carbs, artificial ingredients, dangerous chemicals, preservatives, and if you add the fake syrup you will get lots of high fructose corn syrup on top of it. What a disaster! Same applies to their frozen waffles.

Healthier option: you can choose organic pancakes or waffles made with whole grains and add natural sugars like honey or maple syrup instead.

Best option: You can make your own pancakes like my recipes 2 Ingredient Sweet Potato Pancakes or Banana Pancakes. They  are both made in minutes using only 2 ingredients. Add fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, or a little honey or maple syrup, and start your kid’s day the right way with no processed foods.

Sugary cereals


The worst cereals are sadly geared towards children. Popular brands like Froot Loops, Captain Crunch and Apple Jacks are 40 to 50% sugar by weight making them the same as eating candy. I don’t think any parent would like to feed candy for breakfast to their kids. These popular cereals are also full of chemicals, GMOs, and artificial dyes. That fruit loop bowl in the picture looks nothing but artificial to me. Want more information on this topic? please see my post 5 Processed Kids Snacks You Should Avoid.

Healthier options: choose a cereal that has less than 5grams of sugar per serving and is made of 100% whole grains. Plain Cheerios have only 1 gram of sugar per serving and whole grain oats as the first ingredient. General Mills claims they are also non-gmo.

Best option: You can make Banana Oatmeal Pancakes with only a few healthy ingredients. Adding quick oats is a smart way to include a healthy cereal in your kid’s breakfast.

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