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How to provide a quick, healthy breakfast for your children.
Nashville, Ark. – When the first bell rings, you want your child to be at their best
and ready to meet the challenges of the day. That first morning is a busy time for
everyone. Just because you are in a rush, doesn’t mean you need to skip the most important
meal of the day, breakfast.
What makes it the most important meal? Think about this. Your body has
gone 8-10 hours without having anything to eat. Food is like fuel for your car. If
your tank is empty, you are not going very far before you run out of gas. The same
is true for your body. Eating the right foods in the morning gives you fuel and helps
your body and mind work at maximum speed.
According to research, children who eat breakfast showed significant gains
in math scores, decreased rates of tardiness and fewer discipline problems. This is
good news for parents, children, and teachers. Children, who come to school, not hungry,
are alert and ready to learn.
Getting back into the school time routine may be a challenge. They may
not be hungry in the morning since they are not accustomed to getting up early. Many
people choose not to eat breakfast; however, it is still recommended that you eat
something light and then pack a snack for later in the morning. A light breakfast
might include a piece of toast or fresh fruit.
Here are some tips for fitting in breakfast to your busy morning routine:
Many children enjoy cereal for breakfast. With so many choices available at the grocery
store, it can get confusing on which one to choose. Select those that are made from
whole grains and does not have a lot of added sugars. Look at the fiber content. A
cereal that is high in fiber will help you feel full longer.
Finally, be creative! Just because it is breakfast does not mean you must eat breakfast
foods. Leftovers from the night before can be substituted in place of traditional
breakfast foods. Even pizza may fit into an overall healthy diet!
For more information on eating healthy, contact the Howard County Extension Service
at 870-845-7517 or visit our office located on the second floor of the courthouse.
If you have a child in the lower grades, be on the lookout for recipe ideas and nutrition
information through our SNAP-Ed program. Information is sent home with students on
a regular basis. Check out the website www.myplate.gov for nutrition information or recipes. There are tons of healthy/rated recipes available.
Recipe of the Week
Cookies for breakfast? Sure, if they are packed with nutrients. These
breakfast cookies can be prepared in advance for a breakfast on the go. They are easy
to make and do not heat up the kitchen. Your child can help prepare them!
½ cup honey (or light corn syrup)
½ cup non-fat dry milk (instant)
½ cup raisins (or chopped dry fruit)
½ cup creamy peanut butter
2 ½ cups crushed flaked cereal (cornflakes or bran flakes)
Wash hands and gather items.
Heat honey and peanut butter in a medium saucepan over low heat.
Stir until blended.
Remove from heat. Stir in dry milk.
Fold in cereal and raisins.
Drop by heaping Tablespoons onto waxed paper to form mounds.
Cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator.
Yield 12 servings.
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 ChairU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 firstname.lastname@example.org
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