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9 packaged breakfast foods your kids will love

From sprouted-grain bread to superfood smoothies, these yummy breakfast staples get the day started right.

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not serve up something extra special? Help them rise and shine with these low-sugar, protein-rich packaged foods that you can add to the mix of whole foods you serve (like eggs!) and will keep them fuelled until lunchtime.

1. Crofter’s Just Fruit Spread Organic Wild Blueberry

jar of blueberry jam with bear

Photo: Crofter’s

Made from wild blueberries picked in Quebec, this organic, non-GMO spread is made with 33 percent less sugar than a traditional preserve. $5, or look for the 660 mL jar at Costco.

2. The a2 Milk Company 2% Partly Skimmed Milk

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This milk contains only a2 protein, which are believed to be more gentle on the stomach than ordinary cow’s milk. $6,

3. Stonemill Bakehouse Honest Wellness Plant-Based Protein Bread with 11 Whole Grains

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Photo: Stonemill

Packed with protein and fibre, this whole grain bread is allowed to naturally ferment for up to 12 hours before being baked in small batches to provide a unique flavour and texture. $4,

4. Silver Hills Organic Sprouted Power Full Seed Ahead

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We know that whole grains are good for us, but think of sprouted whole grains as upping the ante to provide even more nutritional value. $5,

5. Good Dee’s Pancake & More Low Carb Baking Mix

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Photo: Good Dee’s

If you’re worried about the hollow calories in traditional pancakes, this sugar-free, gluten-free mix is made with almond flour and will offer a filling alternative. $16,

6. Evive Smoothie Cubes

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Don’t have the right ingredients to make a flavour- and nutrient-packed smoothie? These frozen cubes have been prepared in advance—and kids will love the different flavour options. All you need to add is water, milk or coconut water and then give them a shake. $11/3-6 portion pack, or

7. La Presserie Cold Pressed Juices

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Photo: La Presserie

Made in small batches from raw fruits and veggies, these cold-pressed juices have no added sugar, no added water and do not contain preservatives. $30/pack of 6 bottles,

8. Nature’s Path Envirokids Organic Turtle Splash Cereal

colourful box of cereal featuring a sea turtle

Photo: Nature’s Path

The strawberry and chocolate mini turtles are made with organic navy beans, fruit and veggies with no artificial colours or ingredients. Teach kids about the environment and the importance of saving sea turtles (each box contains a free turtle adoption) as they munch on this crunchy cereal. $5,

9. Little Northern Bakehouse Gluten-free Everything Bagels

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Photo: Little Northern Bakehouse

Topped with the classic mix of poppy seed, onion, garlic, and salt (minus the sesame seeds to keep them allergy-friendly), these bagels deliver a satisfying, New York-style chewiness you’ll love without the gluten. $8,