You've heard it time and again: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It's also the most neglected. One recent government study showed students who ate healthy breakfasts paid better attention in school, scored higher on math and reading tests and behaved better overall. Eating a healthy breakfast also helps both kids and adults maintain a healthy weight and have lower blood cholesterol. Finding time in your family's busy schedule for breakfast will make both you and your kids happier, smarter and healthier. Here are some recipes for morning meals that will get your kids out of bed.
- Crunchy Bran French Toast
- Microwave Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- Open Faced Banana Cinnamon Toasts
- Whole Grain Waffles
- Chocolate Chip Waffles
- Cinnamon Sugar French-Style Texas Toast
- Mixed Berry Salad
If they're running late, a smoothie made with fruit and yogurt is a super-quick, healthy option. Just throw the ingredients in the blender, puree until smooth, pour into a cup and hand it to them as they run out the door.
Get Breakfast on the Table Fast
If you're always behind schedule in the morning, try these time-saving techniques to make breakfast easier:
- Plan breakfast the night before by measuring out cereals or ingredients.
- Don't be a short-order cook — encourage everyone to eat the same thing.
- Make multigrain muffins or maple granola on the weekend and freeze extras for weekday mornings.
- Always keep fruit on hand for a fast source of vitamins, energy and fiber on hectic school days.
- Involve your kids in the process of planning breakfasts — you'll save time and ensure they'll like the results.