Eat Your Breakfast Children!

We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is especially true for children. Their bodies are still actively growing, so they need the consistent nutrients. Breakfast also helps children focus at school. Numerous studies confirm that children learn more and perform better when their brains are well fed.

Breakfast for your Brain

Breakfast that includes some glucose-rich food like fresh or dried fruit is great fuel to get the brain going in the morning. Try bananas in a bowl of cereal or dried fruit mixed with oatmeal.

Breakfast gives you Power

Another important component in breakfast should include protein. Protein will give your child the sustainable fullness to last until snack or lunch time. This will help your child stay focused on their work instead of a grumbling tummy. Try a little peanut butter on apple slices or an egg and cheese scramble.

Here is a great recipe for Smiling Baked Oatmeal from Better Homes and Gardens


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup mixed dried fruit bits
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Mixed dried fruit bits and/or cut-up maraschino cherries
  • 2 tablespoons light pancake and waffle syrup product (optional)


1. Lightly coat four 10-ounce custard cups with cooking spray; set aside. Stir together the oats and the 1/2 cup fruit bits. Divide oat mixture between the four custard cups. In a medium bowl combine milk, egg product, sugar, vanilla, and salt, stirring to dissolve sugar and salt. Pour milk mixture into the custard cups, dividing evenly. Place custard cups in a shallow baking pan.

2. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until centers are nearly set. Arrange additional dried fruit bits on top of each serving to make a smiling face. Serve warm. If desired, drizzle with syrup. Makes 4 servings.

Studies have even linked healthy breakfasts with less chronic disease, increased longevity and better health. So, start the day off right for your children with a good, healthy breakfast.


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6 thoughts on “Eat Your Breakfast Children!

  • November 25, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I may have to try this for my son. I’m following from MBC. I hope you will check out my blog when you get a chance.

  • November 27, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Hi Stephanie. Thanks a bunch for stopping by. I’ll go check out your blog right now.

  • November 29, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    what a great idea! thanks!

  • December 18, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    My husband and I are oatmeal maniacs. We have tried lots but will definitely try this one.
    The little guys though, they won’t eat it. About the only thing they will reliably eat is pancakes. And unless we make them from scratch the night before and freeze them they get the instant organic ones from a can (Batter Blaster in the bright yellow can). Not as good as scratch but good and something warm for their little tummies in the morning.
    We have fresh fruit and real maple syrup (warmed in the microwave!) and it is a nice little morning with no food arguments – yay!

  • December 18, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Jennie. I love the ideas you’ve shared too.


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