This article originally appeared on Fatherly.
Ever look at your kid’s morning bowl of Cheerios (or their charred Pop Tart, no one’s judging you) and wonder what parents around the world feed their own kids for breakfast? It turns out, all sorts of stuff, and some countries do a decidedly better job than others. That’s according to Frances Largeman-Roth, a registered dietician and the author of the book Eating In Color. While Largeman-Roth stresses that “really any breakfast is better than no breakfast at all,” after her assessment of normal kids’ breakfasts from 12 different countries, one thing is clear: Don’t let a Dutchman serve your kid hagelslag.
Tortillas, black beans, eggs, plantains, papaya or mango, and avocado — even their breakfast sounds like a tropical paradise.
Largeman-Roth Says: “The beans offer up protein and fiber, the eggs contribute more protein, plus choline, which is vital for brain development. The avocado is rich in heart healthy monounsaturated fats and the mango and papaya both deliver beta-carotene and Vitamin C, which is important for a kid’s vulnerable immune system.”
A Japanese kid’s breakfast — rolled omelet, grilled salmon, miso soup, and okayu rice porridge — is basically the best takeout meal you had last week.
Largeman-Roth Says: “Delicious! This breakfast offers protein, omega-3s, and hydration, and it sounds very filling. The omega-3s are vital for brain development in kids.”