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Preparing for the School Year
breakfast wrap burritoWe all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it is not always the most convenient! Between morning tasks, picky eaters and getting out of the door on time, eating a healthy breakfast is often easier said than done! When it comes to breakfast, don’t worry about offering traditional breakfast foods. Get creative with favorite foods and serve up familiar foods with new ingredients. Below are a few ideas for breakfast and after school snacks. 

1. Include a fruit or vegetable! These foods provide an array vitamins and minerals and have distinct roles in the development of growing kids. Fruit can be fresh, canned in light syrup, frozen or dried. These can be eaten as is or incorporated into a food such as oatmeal, an omelet, smoothie, pizza, quesadillas, breakfast burritos, a wrap etc. 

2. Try a fruit smoothie and let your child be in charge of his/her smoothie (with supervision of course). Let you child pick out the fruit at the store (bananas, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, mango, peaches/nectarine, or anything you like- I like to use frozen fruit!). Combine fruit and plain yogurt in a blender; let your kids push the button to blend. This is great for the kids who do not like to eat breakfast as it is more like a “drink” but is able to provide an array of nutrients and fuel them up for the morning!

3. Get creative with tortilla shells. Spread a whole wheat tortilla with peanut butter, slice ½ of a banana over peanut butter, sprinkle with cinnamon and roll up! May also try, pear, apple or dried fruit. Make a quesadilla or breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, cheese and lots of chopped vegetables. These are a great make-ahead item and reheated in the microwave or toaster oven.

More ideas next week!


Blog post provided by:
Katie Foster, RDN, LD,
Nutrition Services
Hannibal Regional


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