I do my best to feed my son a balanced diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and protein. Lately, however, he’s become really fixated on just a few food items—such as oatmeal—that mostly consist of carbohydrates. I’m trying to shake up his favorites by incorporating them into meals with healthier options and new flavors. So when I saw the Apple-Pie Oatmeal recipe in the September 2012 issue of High Five magazine, I knew I had to give it a try.
First, I peeled an apple and chopped it into small pieces.
Then, I boiled the apple pieces with 1½ cups of milk and a dash of salt. For older kids who are OK with crunchier apple pieces, I would add the apple later (with the oats) to create more texture. My toddler still struggles with hard food pieces, so I wanted to soften the apples a bit.
After the milk came to a boil, I added ¾ cup of oats along with 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon.
I cooked this mixture for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. After letting it cool slightly, I presented it to my son.
It was a hit! My son gobbled this up. He liked the sweetness of the apples and the spice of the cinnamon, and I liked that he was getting more nutrition than what was in his old standby of plain oatmeal. Breakfast success.
What are your suggestions for incorporating more healthy options into your kids’ favorite meals?