- Breakfast is an important meal for growing children. Studies show that breakfast eaters tend to have higher school attendance, less tardiness and fewer hunger-induced stomachaches in the morning. Their overall test scores are higher, they concentrate better, solve problems more easily and have better muscle coordination.
- If your child’s school provides meals, take time to review the menu with them and discuss how to build a healthful and nutritious meal they will enjoy. Make sure the choices include whole grains, vegetables, fruits and low-fat or fat-free dairy at every meal.
- If you pack your children’s lunches, take your kids grocery shopping with you and allow them to pick out healthy foods that they enjoy. Your kids are much more likely to eat what you pack for them if they have picked it out themselves.
- For children that are involved in an after-school activity, packing a healthy snack they can eat beforehand. Such as fruit or vegetable slices, 100 percent fruit juice and whole-grain crackers with low-fat cheese are healthy options that will give them the energy they need to make it to dinner.
- Regular physical activity is very important to a child’s development. Not all children may like sports, but there are still plenty of ways they can get exercise on a daily basis at school and at home. Creating an activity that you and your child both enjoy is a great way to spend quality time with your child while being active.
Want a quick morning boost or snack before a sporting event and tired of all the commercial cereal bars?
Try these healthy breakfast cookies containing oatmeal, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. These cookies are a good source of fiber and protein and I have found these cookies to be very filling. They have a hint of sweetness with a great combination of flavors and textures.
- 1/2 c. butter
- 1 egg
- 3 Tlb. unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 c. greek yogurt
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 2 Tlb. nut butter (I used almond butter)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 Tlb. cocoa powder
- 1/4 c. almond flour or wheat. flour
- 2 scoops protein powder-(I used whey vanilla protein) Chocolate might be good, if you are a big fan of chocolate.
- 1 3/4 c. quick oats
- 1/4c. sunflower seeds
- 1/4c. chopped pecans
- 1/4c. chopped walnuts
- 1/4c. chopped crasins
- 1/4c. chopped tropical dried fruit
- 1 Tlb. honey
- Preheat oven to 350 deg. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
- Cream butter.
- Add in the rest of the liquid ingredients (including yogurt and nut butter) and beat until well combined.
- Add in dry ingredients ( except oats, dried fruit, nuts) and mix until combined.
- Mix in oats, followed by any additional add-ins.
- Spoon onto cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes until cookie starts to brown and is firm to touch
This is a wonderful alternative to commercial cereal and protein bars. I took these cookies for snacks at Sunday school and everyone really enjoyed them. Try two cookies with 8 oz. skim or 1% milk for a very healthy, quick and convenient breakfast. cb