Meal Idea for Kids: Blueberry Pancakes!

meal-idea-for-kidsChildren spend an enormous amount of energy during the day as they learn to read, write, spell and solve problems. Therefore, it’s important for them to nourish their body with wholesome foods to keep them going. To help fuel your little ones throughout the day, we’re providing some healthy meal ideas.meal-idea-for-kids

Today’s great meal idea for kids is a true classic: Blueberry Pancakes!  Blueberries are one of the fantastic foods that promote brain power and are also filled with powerful antioxidants to keep you healthy and strong.

The best part is that kids can help out in the kitchen and learn while preparing them. With today’s recipe, children can learn about measuring, clean-as-you-go practices, and even the difference between liquids and solids!

Here’s the recipe:

Time to prep:  About 20 minutes.

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon butter or margarine

1 Egg (or 2 tsp. of egg replacer mixed with warm water)

¾ c. Milk (Can be soy, almond, etc.)

½ c. Blueberries, washed and drained

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

¾ c. flour (You can use white, wheat, or GF flour, depending on your dietary needs)

1 Tablespoon sugar (You may substitute with either Agave Nectar, Stevia, or other sugar substitute.)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a small saucepan, place one tab of butter and allow it to melt
  3. Crack the egg into a medium-size bowl, and then add your milk and melted butter/margarine.
  4. Whisk egg mixture for about 1 ½ minutes, or until thoroughly blended.
  5. Add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients. Blend or whisk until well combined
  6. Put any leftover butter or margarine in your cooking pan and heat it on the stovetop on medium heat.  You’ll know that it is hot enough to pour your pancake mixture in when the butter starts to bubble.
  7. Add roughly 1/4 cup of batter into the pan (you can add more for larger pancakes, or less for smaller ones) .  Add blueberries to the top of the pancake.  *NOTE: You can also mash your blueberries into the pancake batter for a more thorough taste.
  8. Cook your pancakes on a medium heat until small bubbles start to appear on the top.  This is a sign that the pancakes are ready to flip. Then continue to flip your pancakes
  9. Cook for 2-3 more minutes until the pancakes are a golden brown on the side being cooked.
  10. Once the pancakes are done on both sides, plate them and ENJOY!

After your children have finished their breakfast and helped with cleanup, talk with them about what they learned while preparing the meal.  Chances are, they really enjoyed helping prepare the meal and didn’t even realize that they were learning during the process!

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