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Here are some ideas for jump starting your child’s morning with quick-to-fix nutritious
ideas for breakfast.
Nashville, Ark. – It’s the back-to-school scene every parent dreads. The alarm goes
off; the kids yank their covers over their heads and refuse to budge. When they finally
emerge, they spend forever trying to decide what to wear, fight over the bathroom
and go at the speed of molasses to the breakfast table. One of the biggest challenges
as a parent is providing a nutritious breakfast each morning that consists of more
than just a bowl of cereal. While cereal is fast and can be nutritious, it does get
boring after a while. Here are some ideas for jump starting your child’s morning with
quick-to-fix nutritious ideas for breakfast.
It really is true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Think about
this. You have been asleep for 6 to 8 hours with nothing to eat. Breakfast provides
that jump start we need in order to get our metabolism going. It fuels the body with
nutrients we may not get any other time during the day.
Breakfast provides food energy for the morning’s activities. Studies show that children who eat breakfast learn better. They are more alert and
ready to face the challenges of the day.
Breakfast helps keep a healthy body weight. It helps control the urge to nibble or eat too big a lunch. It also gets your metabolism
going. A high metabolism burns calories faster.
A nutritious breakfast helps kids feel good. Children may get tummy aches if they miss breakfast. These aches are often associated
with hunger pangs.
Here are some ideas for stocking your pantry or preparing quick-to-fix breakfasts.
Prepackaged foods can be a great alternative. Be sure to read the nutrition label
before purchasing these items. Many are loaded with lots of sugar and fat that needs
to be limited in the diet. Also, prepackaged foods will cost more.
Once you get in the habit of preparing a healthy breakfast for your child and/or family,
it will become an easy task to do. Keep in mind the benefits and importance of a healthy
breakfast: better math and reading scores, better classroom behavior, and better school
For more information of healthy breakfast ideas, contact me, Jean Ince at the Howard
County Extension Office at 870-845-7517 or visit our office located on the second
floor of the courthouse.
Here are a couple of quick-to-fix breakfast ideas.
Melt butter in skillet. Mix eggs, milk and vanilla in bowl. Beat well, coat slices
of bread in mixture. Brown the soaked bread in skillet. Sprinkle with a little sugar
and cinnamon and serve with maple syrup.
Make this recipe even quicker by doing some of the preparation the night before. Go ahead and mix up the batter, cover and put in the refrigerator. Cut the bread
slices and put in a zipper type plastic bag. Mix the cinnamon and sugar in a shaker
type container or small bowl. Next morning, coat the bread slices and brown. Add a
teaspoon of the cinnamon and sugar mixture and enjoy.
In a skillet melt butter. Beat eggs and whisk in remaining ingredients. Pour mixture
into hot skillet. Cook, stirring to cook evenly. Turn and cook other side. Serves:
4 to 6
This recipe can be mixed up the night before and put in the refrigerator. Next morning,
use a soup ladle to pour mixture into medium-hot skillet. Another idea would be to
chop all the ingredients the night before and make the omelets to order the next morning.
Preheat griddle or skillet to 375 degrees. Combine pancake mix, water, applesauce,
and cinnamon. Stir just until large lumps are gone. Lightly brush griddle or skillet
with oil. Pour about ¼ cup batter onto griddle or skillet for each pancake. Cook
about 1 minute, until top edges bubble and bubbles break. Turn and cook about a minute
longer, or until browned. Makes about a dozen pancakes.
Again, do the preparation the night before. Consider storing the mix in pitcher with
a spout in the refrigerator. Next morning, stir the mixture and pour onto hot griddle
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff Chair U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 email@example.com
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