October 21, 2021

Sweet Ideas for Easy Back-to-School Breakfasts

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(Family Features) A healthy breakfast can give your student a boost that lasts all day long. Mornings tend to be rushed, but it’s still possible to prepare easy breakfasts that power little learners throughout the school day.

Fresh fruit is a breakfast staple, and a nutritious option like watermelon is a sweet way to satisfy hunger (and thirst). As a refreshing ingredient or standalone treat, watermelon includes just 80 calories and no fat. It’s an excellent source of vitamin C (25%) and because it’s made of 92% water, it’s a flavorful way to encourage kids to start a busy day well hydrated.

A bowl of watermelon cut into cubes, balls or fun shapes is a winning idea, but you can also think outside the rind with these ways to give watermelon a place at your breakfast table:

  • Top a grain-based cereal like corn flakes or oatmeal with bite-size bits.
  • Make Watermelon Donuts for a grab-and-go delight, perfect on hectic mornings.
  • Freeze cubes overnight and use them in place of ice with your favorite smoothie ingredients.
  • Put a twist on a breakfast favorite with these Watermelon Oat Flour Waffles.
  • Add a layer of oat crumble to a bowl of watermelon balls for a savory, satisfying treat.

Get in a school morning groove with more easy breakfast ideas at watermelon.org.

Kid-Friendly Cuts

It’s no secret that kids gravitate toward fun foods. Watermelon is a versatile fruit that offers plenty of serving options that let kids get hands-on and creative.

Slices: A classic watermelon slice may be basic, but it does have a few tricks up its sleeve. With the rind on, it’s an instant finger food with a built-in “handle.” Add a wooden stick for watermelon you can eat like a sucker or pop it in the freezer for a cool way to start the day.

Cubes: Simple and versatile cubes are a solution for banishing breakfast boredom. You can cube a melon and use them differently every day of the week by eating them on their own, mixing in a fruit salad, layering with other ingredients, blending in a smoothie and more.

Sticks: There’s nothing like a dipper to get kids’ attention. A watermelon stick offers a bit of rind to hold onto and a juicy strip of sweet melon that’s perfect for dunking in a cup of yogurt or fruit dip.

Cutouts: Cut watermelon into thin slices and use cookie cutters to create a treat that shows off creativity.

Watermelon Oat Flour Waffles

Yield: 8 waffles

Waffles:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned or regular oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup watermelon juice
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 egg whites
  • nonstick cooking spray

Garnish:

  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 cups watermelon, diced 1/2 inch
  • fresh mint leaves
  • powdered sugar (optional)
  • honey (optional)

Directions:

  • Preheat Belgian or regular waffle iron.
  • In blender, process oat flakes into flour.
  • In bowl, mix oat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Mix in watermelon juice and oil.
  • Whip egg whites into stiff peaks and fold into batter.
  • Spray hot waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray. Pour batter into waffle iron and bake 3-4 minutes, or according to waffle iron instructions. Repeat with remaining batter.
  • Garnish waffles with yogurt; watermelon cubes; mint sprigs; powdered sugar, if desired; and honey, if desired.

Watermelon Donuts

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices seedless watermelon, 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • vanilla, to taste
  • 9 slivered almonds

Directions:

  • Cut out donut shapes from watermelon slices.
  • Sweeten Greek yogurt with sugar and vanilla, to taste, to create frosting.
  • Frost half of watermelon donuts with half of frosting. Add layer of remaining watermelon donuts and top with remaining frosting.
  • Sprinkle toasted almonds over top and serve.

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