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August 16, 2011

Six Out of the Box Back to School Breakfast Ideas

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

You may have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I'm not sure that one meal is more valuable than any another, but I am certain that breakfast jump starts the body and brain like no other meal, especially in children.

Good nutrition is essential for academic success. Kids who eat breakfast are often more alert and learn better than breakfast skippers, who get hungry and grouchy by mid-morning.

When school is in session, kids need a balanced morning meal. Some children may not like traditional breakfast fare, so I've come up with 6 of my favorite "out of the box" breakfast ideas to get kids off on to the best start every day:

• Banana Boat: Spread 2 tablespoons peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter on a whole wheat hot dog bun.  Place a peeled banana in the bun.  Enjoy with a glass of Hood Milk .

• Berry Berry Good Smoothie: Combine 1/3 cup plain low fat Greek yogurt, ¾ cup fresh or frozen berries, ¼ cup orange juice, and 1 teaspoon sugar (optional) in a food processor or blender. Combine until smooth. Serve immediately with a slice of whole grain toast or small muffin.

• Breakfast Taco: Scramble one or two eggs.  Place on a 7-inch whole wheat tortilla along with salsa and shredded cheddar cheese. Roll up or fold in half.  Pair with 100% orange juice.

• On The Go Trail Mix: Combine ½ cup whole grain cereal, 2 tablespoons chopped nuts or sunflower seeds, and ¼ cup dried cranberries or raisins.  Have with a cup of milk.

• Waffle sandwich: Toast two frozen whole grain waffles. Spread with 2 tablespoons peanut butter and sprinkle with ¼ cup raisins. Wash it all down with milk.

• Cheese and Crackers: Top whole grain crackers with Hood Cottage Cheese . Pair with fruit. 

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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