When our daughter was younger, we tried to get creative with some of the plain breakfast cereals that we used to purchase at our local grocery store. Our daughter would enjoy bowls of cereal for breakfast before school or as an after school snack.
Some of these suggestions are on the healthy side and some should only be used as an occasional treat. If your child enjoys snacking on a bowl of dry cereal, you can certainly omit the milk. If you are putting together a take-along treat, only use dry ingredients placed in a zipper closure bag.
Fun Milk Tip: Instead of using white milk, you can use chocolate. If you are health conscience, you can try using soy milk.
Fun Cereal Add-Ins for Kids Suggestion List
Brownies, chopped or crumbled up
Cantaloupe, chopped into small chunks
Caramel Ice Cream Sauce
Chocolate Covered Raisins
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, 3 crushed cookies
Cocoa Powder, 1/4 teaspoon
Cool Whip, one medium-sized spoonful
Fruit Butters – apple, peach, pear or pumpkin
Fruit Cobblers – one scoop of left-over cobbler
Graham Cracker Crumbs
Hot Fudge Chocolate Sauce
Ice Cream, one scoop
Mandarin Oranges, drain juice
Oatmeal, sprinkle instant oatmeal as a topping
Pears, freshly diced
Pineapples, canned or freshly chopped
Sherbet, one scoop
Shortcake, crumbled up
Strawberries, freshly sliced
Trail Mix, one scoop
Watermelon, chopped into chunks or shaped into small balls
White Chocolate Chips
Yogurt Covered Raisins
As you can see from the above list, you can dress up that plain bowl of breakfast cereal with a lot of things. Breakfast for kids should be fun, not boring. For the majority of breakfasts, choose the healthy options…but there is certainly nothing wrong with allowing a few of the other goodies from time to time too.