Breakfast has been coined “the most important meal of the day” but does that really hold any value? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics - YES! Eating breakfast has been associated with better memory, better test scores, better attention span, decreased irritability, and healthier body weights. Many families struggle to find the time to eat a balanced meal in the morning. To make this easier, here are some meal prep options to set your new school year up for success.
Breakfast ideas your kids will love
- Muffins are a perfect option for including some nutrient dense foods like these White Bean Muffins that go perfect with a glass of milk.
- Oatmeal is known for being a complex carbohydrate with a good source of fiber. Try eating cold oatmeal that is prepped the night before with these Apple Pie Overnight Oats. Bonus points if you can put it in a mason jar.
- 1/3 cup old fashion rolled oats
- 1/3 cup yogurt (try almond, soy or coconut yogurt for dairy alternatives)
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- Combine above ingredients. Top with chopped apple and walnuts
- Freezer smoothie packs: Combine 1 cup of your favorite fruit in a freezer safe container. Each morning bring out one pack and blend with 1 cup Greek yogurt. Hint: adding in cauliflower won’t change the color or taste of the smoothie, but will surely bump the nutrition.
Now for lunch… 3 tips for a successful mid-day meal
- The cafeteria foods vary depending on your school district. Check their website to get a list of each week’s meals and decide which days your child prefers to buy or pack.
- Try some alternatives to potato chips that have more protein and fiber (important nutrients for keeping bellies full).
- Suggestions: Peatos, Harvest Snaps, Nutter Puffs, Off the Eaten Path, or popcorn.