Breakfast ~ the most important meal of the day!
Do your children eat or skip breakfast?
“A healthy breakfast should contain some protein and some fiber. Protein can come from low fat meats, eggs, beans or dairy. Fiber can be found in whole grains, vegetables and fruits. A good example of a healthy breakfast might be something simple like a hard boiled egg, an orange, and a bowl of whole grain cereal with low fat milk.
Stay away from the sugary cereals, syrups, pastries, and white breads because they are digested quickly and will leave you hungry and tired in a couple of hours. Protein and fiber satisfy your hunger and will keep you feeling full until lunch time.”
Here are some ideas:
*Ready-to-eat whole-grain cereal topped with fruit and a cup of yogurt
*Whole-grain waffles or pancakes topped with peanut butter, fruit or ricotta cheese
*A whole-wheat pita stuffed with sliced hard-cooked eggs
*Hot cereal such as gritz, oatmeal etc topped with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice or cloves
*Peanut butter on a bagel with fresh fruit such as banana, apple wedges, etc and low-fat milk
*Breakfast smoothie (milk, fruit, teaspoon or bran, whirled in a blender)
*Vegetable omelet with a bran muffin, or English muffin & OJ or vegetable juice
*Grilled vegetables mixed with beans & cheese topped with cilantro
*Heated leftover rice with chopped nuts, cinnamon, chopped apples and fruit juice or milk