Balanced Breakfast Combinations
An ideal, nutritious, balanced breakfast contains complex carbohydrates and protein. Think grains, plus dairy, plus fruits. Of course, it’s what you eat not what you say that impresses a child most. By treating yourself to a healthy, balanced breakfast, you model to your children that eating a healthy breakfast gives the whole family a smart nutritional start.
Examples of balanced breakfasts are:
1. Granola cereal, yogurt, a sliced apple
2. Scrambled eggs, toast, orange juice
3. Veggie omelet, bran muffin, fruit with yogurt
4. Whole-grain pancakes or waffles topped with berries and/or yogurt, milk
5. Whole-wheat zucchini pancakes topped with fruit, milk
6. French toast topped with fruit, orange juice or milk
7. Low-fat cheese melted on toast with a piece of fruit
8. Low-fat cream cheese on a whole-grain bagel, orange juice
9. Peanut butter and banana slices on an english muffin, milk
10. For a breakfast-on-the-run smoothie, see “School-Ade.”
Dr. Sears, or Dr. Bill as his “little patients” call him, has been advising busy parents on how to raise healthier families for over 40 years. He received his medical training at Harvard Medical School’s Children’s Hospital in Boston and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, the world’s largest children’s hospital, where he was associate ward chief of the newborn intensive care unit before serving as the chief of pediatrics at Toronto Western Hospital, a teaching hospital of the University of Toronto. He has served as a professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto, University of South Carolina, University of Southern California School of Medicine, and University of California: Irvine. As a father of 8 children, he coached Little League sports for 20 years, and together with his wife Martha has written more than 40 best-selling books and countless articles on nutrition, parenting, and healthy aging. He serves as a health consultant for magazines, TV, radio and other media, and his AskDrSears.com website is one of the most popular health and parenting sites. Dr. Sears has appeared on over 100 television programs, including 20/20, Good Morning America, Oprah, Today, The View, and Dr. Phil, and was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine in May 2012. He is noted for his science-made-simple-and-fun approach to family health.