Breakfast on the Run
Now that school is back in session, summertime habits of letting breakfast fall through the cracks must end. Common cereals, pop tarts and the like don’t provide enough protein, fiber, or healthy fat fuel your children (or yourself) through the morning. Additionally, they’re full of added sugars. Studies consistently show that daily consumption of breakfast reduces risk of diabetes. It also has been shown to greatly improve cognitive ability and performance at school.
I understand that time plays a large roll in breakfast choices. Here are some truly balanced breakfasts that use an ingredient even the pickiest eater will agree to: waffles.
To make it even healthier, chose a whole grain waffle but if your child refuses, these toppings provide healthy fats and protein to stick to your bones.
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter, ¼ sliced banana, 1 tsp honey and cinnamon to taste
- ½ mashed avocado, 3 slices of turkey, 1 tbsp feta cheese
- ¼ cup ricotta or cottage cheese and ½ tbsp. raspberry jam
- all-natural sausage patty, 1 fried egg, 1 tbsp cheddar
- 2 Tbsp sunflower seed butter, 1 tbsp craisins, 1 tsp maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp full-fat greek yogurt, 2 Tbsp hemp hearts (or any nut/seed), 1 tbsp honey
- ¼ cup labne (a thick, middle eastern “yogurt-cheese”) with 1 tbsp sliced figs
Toast them, top them, and be on your way!