Build a Better Breakfast

Kid-friendly options abound

Cold cereal with milk provides good nutrition for kids at breakfast time, but it’s not the only way to break the fast. Nowadays, nutritionists give the green light to everything from wholesome smoothies to whole-wheat wraps and bagels with nut spreads. One thing they agree on: Breakfast is a must. Studies show that ­students who eat breakfast concentrate better in school, have higher test scores and have more muscle coordination.

If you’re flummoxed about breakfast foods for your kids, try:

•    Oatmeal with raisins, dried cranberries, dates or nuts
•    Whole-wheat pita with hard-boiled egg slices and low-fat shredded cheese
•    Low-fat milk smoothie with frozen strawberries or peaches
•    Leftover pizza with a whole-grain crust and veggie toppings
•    Nutritious mini-muffins packed with shredded carrots and zucchini
•    For kids or teens on the go, try homemade trail mix or granola
•    Whole-wheat tortilla with peanut, almond or hazelnut spread, topped with dried fruit
•    Fruit parfait, layered with Greek yogurt, chopped fruit and granola