Breakfast is a nice time for fathers to bond with their children.

Ideas for School Breakfasts With Dad

by David Coodin

Dad might not be that good at cooking breakfast, but that doesn't mean he will hesitate to enjoy it. A school breakfast with dad is a fun way for children to bond with their fathers, and for dads to get to know one another. Send your husband and child to school together with a pair of breakfasts that will satisfy both a tiny stomach and a hungry man. Using some quick tips and ideas, you can make a delicious school breakfast that won't have you up at the crack of dawn.

1. Bagels

Turn a school breakfast into a weekend brunch by giving dad and child bagels to take to school. Try to find fresh whole-grain bagels. Pack along some low-fat cream cheese. You can also include smoked salmon, onions and capers. Instead of making these sandwiches at home, pack all the ingredients separately and let your husband and child pretend they are at a buffet. If your child won't eat fish or is allergic to it, you can include egg salad or peanut butter, or mix some ranch dressing with whipped cream cheese and add chopped vegetables for a savory, healthy breakfast.

2. Muffins and Fruit

Muffins can be a healthy and filling breakfast. Find muffins that are low in fat, sugar and sodium. If you can't find any healthy store-bought muffins, make your own using whole-wheat flour. Use fruit or maple syrup instead of sugar. Accompany muffins with a container of fruit or fruit salad. Mix together strawberries, grapes and cantaloupe slices. Pack some toothpicks so they can eat their fruit without getting sticky.

3. Oatmeal

Especially on a cold winter's day, oatmeal makes a satisfying first meal of the day. Pack some cooked oatmeal in a thermos for your husband and child to take to school together. Give them some extras to add themselves, such as blueberries, strawberries and other fruits. Pack a small container of maple syrup that they can pour into their oatmeal.

4. Egg Sandwich

Make a homemade and healthy version of the popular fast-food sandwich that both child and dad will love. Use whole wheat English muffins and place a fried egg and low-fat cheese in the middle. A slice of tomato works well instead of ham. If you want to add meat, find lean ham or use a lighter meat, such as turkey or chicken. You can also add avocado to the sandwich. Alternatively, mix dry ranch seasoning with your scrambled eggs and roll them up in a whole wheat tortilla along with cucumber and tomato.

About the Author

David Coodin began working as a writer in 2005, and has been published in "The Walrus." He contributes to various websites, writing primarily in the areas of education and art. Coodin holds a Ph.D. in English literature from York University in Toronto.

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