“Gee, I’d like my kid’s breakfast to be a little more nutritious.”

25 Nov
There is nothing natural about this, folks.

There is nothing natural about this, folks.

Wow.  I just saw this commercial for a breakfast to please kids and moms alike.  I can’t remember what they called it, but it’s some sort of strawberry pastry thing.  The kids wanted “more strawberry filling,” and the moms wanted to “sneak some nutrition in.”  Moms, here’s a thought:  If you want to sneak nutrition in, don’t buy those things.  Feed them a healthy breakfast and save the fruity pastry for dessert.”

And that’s where I come in.  I want to give you some ideas for little treats that you can make for your kids (or for yourself) that aren’t health food, but contain ingredients that actually occur in nature.  I firmly believe that if you feed your family healthy food most of the time that a little splurge every once in awhile is good for the soul.

Make some pie crust.  Try this recipe.  Keep rolled pastry in the freezer so you can make these treats whenever you want to.

Cut 3-inch circles out of your dough, put about 1 1/2 teaspoons of some all-fruit spread in the center, wet 1/2 of the rim of the circle with a bit of water, fold over and crimp with a fork.  Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with a little sugar.  Bake at 350 degrees, F until golden brown and lovely.  Let cool for several minutes.  Eat.

Peel and core small Golden Delicious apples.  Stuff the centers with some brown sugar, a pinch of salt and cinnamon, butter and some raisins if you like them.  Cut circles 6″ circles from your dough.  Set the apple in the middle and start bringing up the edges to meet at the top of the apple.  Fold a bit up, make a pleat and fold up another bit.  Keep going until all the pastry is pleated around the apple.  Seal it tightly at the top.  Brush with some egg wash, sprinkle with some Sugar in the Raw or other sugar with large crystals, and bake at 350 degrees, F until golden brown and lovely.  Let cool a bit; serve with some ice cream or a little real whipped cream.

Cut out a 4 to 5 inch circle of dough.  Sprinkle the center with some brown sugar, butter,a pinch of salt and a bit of ginger.  Place a peach half, cut side down (no pit, thank you very much) on top of the sugar.  Sprinkle with a bit more sugar and pleat up the edges of the dough.  You’ll probably still be able to see the peach–that’s fine.  It’s pretty that way.  Bake at, you guessed it, 350 degrees until it’s done.  This would be lovely with just a little unwhipped, unsweetened heavy cream.

And there you have it.  Three ideas.  Not health food, but not masquerading as a “healthy breakfast,” either.  Enjoy a treat every once in awhile, and stay away from fake food.

One Response to ““Gee, I’d like my kid’s breakfast to be a little more nutritious.””

  1. mickey December 10, 2008 at 2:24 am #

    again, i totally agree with your advice against packaged food-stuffs.

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