Granola: Vegetarian Foods Kids Love 09/01/11
You can't go wrong with granola, it's a wholesome veggie breakfast that kids love.
While adults can simply decide they are going to eat differently, children can have a harder time adapting to new and different foods. They can be pretty picky about what they eat, so it is important to offer them plenty of good choices so that, at least some where in there, they will get some good nutrition out of their diet. This is important for any family, but especially so for vegetarians.
Pre-packaged cereals are vegetarian and fun, but they don’t stick with you for long and they are loaded with less than desirable ingredients. My kids could eat a whole box in one sitting, and I don’t even want to think about what that means they’ve put in their bodies.
So, we skip the cereal and opt for granola instead. At least in our house, we can’t go wrong with granola. My kids love to put their favorite non-dairy milks in it – one likes coconut and the other likes Almond Breeze. For a special treat, we top it with Dark Chocolate Almond Breeze.
If your health food store has a bulk section worth its salt, there will be a good variety of granolas to choose from. Instead of buying a lot of just one kind, try getting enough for one serving each for a few different kinds. Granola is loaded up with all kinds of grains, nuts, seeds and fruits, so having different kinds will give you some variation, which is important to a healthy diet.
There are plenty of homemade granola recipes, too, so you can just make your own combinations. I like the basic Millet Crunch Granola from The Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook, and there are plenty online, like this one from CrunchyDomesticGoddess.
What is your favorite granola combination?
Brannan is a mother of three and has been striving for a whole foods, vegetarian diet through two pregnancies and several years of breastfeeding and mommyhood. You can find her at ThePregnantVegetarian.Com, blogging through cookbooks and life as a vegetarian mom.