For our last segment of Wellness Wednesday: Back to School Edition. We wanted to talk about easy grab and go breakfast items. Now that the school year is in full swing, what are we going to feed our kiddies as well as we hustle and bustle out the door to start our day?
Starting the day with a balanced breakfast can ensure that both you and your kids have enough energy to stay focus and can improve their concentration and performance while in school.
When writing this post we found Parenting.com to have some of the easiest recipes your kids can eat on their way to school. Parenting.com has become an essential resource in our household. As this site provides a wealth of knowledge and resources that are relatable to today’s parents. The website provides such a variety of selections, that you will be sure to find an item that even your pickiest eater will be sure to love. We will be sure to provide an update as we re-create these delicious Grab and Go breakfasts items for our own family in the coming weeks. Here are a few of the breakfast recipes featured on the website.
For the complete list please visit: http://www.parenting.com/gallery/on-the-go-breakfast-recipes
Quick and easy way to dress up any yogurt by adding granola or nuts for crunch and honey or fruit for sweetness, not only will you get the nutritious benefits of yogurt without the excess sugar so often found in flavored yogurts.
7 oz container plain yogurt (Greek yogurt is a great option for a good source of protein)
1 Tbsp. raspberry jam or ½ cup of raspberries
1 tsp. honey
2 Tbsp. toasted almonds, roughly chopped or 1 TBSP of granola
Combine all ingredients in the yogurt container. Grab a spoon and go!
Breakfast Pizza Margherita
What kid wouldn’t love pizza for breakfast, with this healthy recipe you won’t feel so bad letting them eat it
1 whole wheat English muffin or gluten free version if your child is allergic
1 large slice of tomato
¼ cup of reduce fat shredded mozzarella cheese
*optional fried egg (great source of protein)
1 tsp of fresh basil finely chopped
Turn on your broiler.
Top one half of the English muffin with the sliced tomato and then shredded mozzarella. Place it on a baking sheet, along with the other half of the English muffin. Slide under the broiler. Broil until the cheese is melted and browned in places. Remove from the oven and add the fried egg, if desired, and the fresh basil. Top with the other half of the English muffin.
For convenience, this recipe can be made overnight and placed in the microwave for reheat. For the savvy go-getters you can batch, prep, freeze and bake what you need. Please be sure to add the fresh basil after heating.
Frozen Fruit Smoothie
The best part is a smoothie can be thrown together in minutes as it is filled with nutritious antioxidants for great energy to start the day.
2 cups of frozen berries or fruit
2 tbsp of orange juice or apple juice
½ cup of water
½ cup of yogurt
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp of honey
Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until completely smooth
Add 1-2 tsp of flax seed or 1 cup of kale to the blender for even more nutrition
Homemade Granola Bar
Making your own granola bar may be easier than you think. This simple recipe not only can taste better than store-bought but also can be even healthier.
2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed
1/4 cup flax seeds or f(or the kiddies unsweetened chocolate chips)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1-1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup dried fruit, chopped (apricots, dates, cranberries, blueberries, raisins, etc.)
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 12-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.
Toss the oatmeal, almonds, and coconut together on a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the flax seeds.
Place the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.* Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the dried fruit and stir well.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until light golden brown. Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting. Wrap in individual servings and store in your pantry.
*Melted butter and sugar can burn, so make sure to keep the kids away from the stove.