Tips On Getting A Great Start To The Day

Experts say children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the playground. As children return to school, it’s important to start their day with a nutritious breakfast to help them succeed.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the playground, with better concentration, problem-solving skills and eye-hand coordination. Also, kids who skip breakfast get sleepy at school and tend to eat more junk food later in the day.

Healthy Morning Options

Making your busy mornings healthier can be as easy as opening your freezer or refrigerator door, say the experts at the National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association.

Frozen and refrigerated foods are quick and easy, tasty and nutritious and can help you and your family start the day in a very good way. Even if you think you don’t have time to eat breakfast, here are some quick and healthy options to consider:

• Fill toasted waffles with peanut butter and jam for a unique breakfast sandwich.
• Create a yogurt parfait by layering your favorite yogurt, fruits and granola.
• Make a tasty shredded cheese and veggie omelet and serve with precooked turkey sausage.
• Top pancakes with bananas, drizzle with chocolate syrup and serve with a glass of skim milk.
• Mix nonfat yogurt, frozen berries, skim milk, juice and bananas for a delicious smoothie.
• For quick grab-and-go meals, have readily available string cheese, a variety of yogurts, a selection of fruit juices, and breakfast sandwiches that are ready to heat and eat in minutes.

For an easy, healthy breakfast treat, try this waffle recipe to get your family off to a great day.

A Perfectly Healthy Breakfast

Ingredients

Whole-grain frozen waffles
Maple syrup
Bananas, sliced
Strawberries, sliced
Blueberries
Orange juice (“Mom” prefers freshly squeezed orange juice)

Preparation

Toast waffles as directed and top with syrup and fruit. Serve with orange juice.

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*Article and image courtesy of NAPS.*

Completely lick-able and oh-so likeable, these cool and creamy frozen pops are made with our new peach yogurt. These easy to make yogurt pops are as smooth and creamy as ice cream, but because they’re made with our real dairy, lactose free yogurt and packed with tummy soothing probiotics there’s no tummy trouble. And these pops have a good “pop” of protein (4g) with only 84 calories per serving.

Peaches-n-Cream Dream Pops

Ingredients

3 (6 oz.) Green Valley Organics Peach Yogurts

2/3 cup Green Valley Organics Plain Kefir

3 Tbs. honey or agave nectar

1 tsp. vanilla or almond extract

1 1/2 cups chopped fresh or frozen peaches

Preparation

1.Put yogurt, kefir, honey, and vanilla in a blender, and pulse until smooth.
2.Pour some of the yogurt mixture into each of the molds, about 2-inches.
3.Divide the chopped peaches evenly between the molds, and top off each mold with the rest of the yogurt mixture.
4.Using a chopstick or wooden skewer, poke the peaches in and around the yogurt mixture, swirling as you move the stick up, down, and around in the mold.
5.Tap mold gently to release any air bubbles.
6.If using a conventional mold, place the top on the pops and insert sticks. Freeze until solid, about 3 to 4 hours. If using cups, glasses or unconventional molds, freeze until pops just begin to set, then insert the sticks, and freeze until solid.

Makes 10, 3 oz. pops.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Green Valley Organics.*