Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It’s in the name: Break-Fast. It was named “breakfast” because the first meal of the morning is breaking the fast of the night. During the day we feel hungry and eat every few hours. At night we are sleeping for (hopefully) 8 hours, which is much longer than we would go without food during the day.
It is especially important for children. Kids are better able to pay attention at school and learn when they have had a good breakfast. Unfortunately, back-to-school time is so hectic and getting into a new routine can be tough. Many families have little or no time to eat a good, healthy breakfast. Sometimes a piece of toast or a bowl of sugary cereal is all a kid will get when Mom is feeling hurried. Here are some quick and easy ideas for breakfast. Plan them when you plan your dinner menu and have a good breakfast every morning!
Breakfast Burritos— The night before, brown some breakfast sausage until crumbly and no longer pink. Add in onions and bell peppers. In the morning, throw the sausage mixture in a skillet with one beaten egg per person. Fill flour tortillas with egg/sausage mixture and top with cheese and salsa. When I feel really rushed, I just use a slice of American sandwich cheese instead of shredding something from a block. *Serve with some cut fruit and milk.
Breakfast Sandwiches– Whether you like homemade, canned or frozen biscuits, prepare them the night before. In the morning, fry one egg for each person. Split the biscuits and fill with one egg, some deli ham or turkey, and a slice of cheese. (Avocado would be good on this too) *Serve with a banana and some milk.
Eating uncooked or “runny” egg yolk has potential for salmonella poisoning. It is best to cook eggs over hard- or until yolk is solid.
Yogurt Parfaits: Layer Greek yogurt and fruit in a small cup or jelly jar- Use whatever flavor of yogurt you like and whatever kind of fruit you like. Top with chopped nuts and granola. You can make these up in advance and store in the refrigerator for several days.
Green Smoothie: Throw one cup of non-fat plain Greek yogurt in a blender with 1/4 cup canned pineapple, 1/2 banana, and a big handful of fresh spinach. Blend together until smooth. Add a dollop of honey for a little extra sweetness. *Serve with some whole grain toast or a whole grain toaster waffle.
When planning your family’s breakfast menu, be sure to include some protein and some carbs in every breakfast idea. These are extremely important in keeping your kids from feeling hungry by 9:00 a.m.