After we spent a morning filming registered dietitian Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, with her family, one truth became clear: Nutritionists are human, too. They look for ways to take care of their bodies despite their busy schedules, treat themselves occasionally, and deal with picky eaters in their homes. (Nutritionists: they’re just like us.)
Like all parents, they too have to navigate the chaotic morning routine with their kids. Without resorting to marshmallow-speckled cereal or frosted toaster pastries with sprinkles, how do nutritionists find time to provide a healthy breakfast for the kids?
Sitting down for a nutritious breakfast is mandatory—“no ifs, ands, or buts about it”—in Largeman-Roth’s home in Brooklyn, New York.
Largeman-Roth gives her kids more than one option in the morning, which may reduce picky eating by allowing kids to feel like they have some autonomy over what’s on their plate.
But don’t let them pick anything and everything from the fridge: “Never offer more than three things,” advises Largeman-Roth. “If you give kids more than that, then they can’t make a choice. They find it very, very difficult.” (Decision fatigue is real—at any age.)
Sounds too complicated? Think again. Remember, healthy doesn’t have to mean fancy or time-consuming. These are some of Largeman-Roth’s favorite breakfasts for kids:
Wondering where all the trendy smoothie bowls, chia puddings, and frittatas are? Come back on a Saturday. “We save the fancier stuff for the weekend,” says Largeman-Roth. Check out how she makes gluten-free waffles for a special breakfast.
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