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How to Make Hot Cereal Appeal to Kids

Getting your children to eat a nutritious breakfast can be difficult. Sweet, sugary cereals or toaster pastries are not the best choice, even though kids love them. Once that sugar high kicks in, moms definitely do not love them as much as the kids do.

One way to make breakfast more appealing is to spice it up a little by stirring in tasty treats — ones that also have more nutritional value for little growing bodies. Hot cereals like steel cut oatmeal and Cream of Wheat are nutrient dense and a blank canvas for stirring in all sorts of toppings.


A few slices or chunks of fruit (fresh or dried) is a good way to add fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals to your hot cereal.

  • Sliced apples
  • Sliced pears
  • Sliced peaches
  • Mango chunks
  • Sliced banana
  • Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or blackberries
  • Frozen berries
  • Frozen peaches
  • Frozen cherries
  • Dried cherries
  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried figs
  • Dates

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Nuts and Seeds

A sprinkle of nuts or a seeds adds crunch, protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Sliced and whole almonds
  • Cashews
  • Walnuts
  • Pine nuts
  • Pistachios
  • Unsweetened coconut
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Almond butter
  • Sunflower butter
  • Peanut butter
  • Cashew butter


Instead of processed white sugar, try adding other forms of sugar to sweeten your cereal.

  • Maple syrup
  • Raw sugar
  • Honey
  • Agave syrup
  • Stevia
  • Rice syrup
  • Molasses
  • Pumpkin butter
  • Apple butter

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