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Q: How can I make breakfast quick and nutritious?

Posted August 27, 2014 in Advice Column, Pleasant Hill

A: It’s that time of year. As the summer months draw to a close, schools are busy preparing to welcome back students for another year of learning. One key to helping your child succeed in the classroom is to make breakfast a daily routine. Research shows kids who eat breakfast are more likely to have higher test scores, improved concentration and healthier body weights. The energy and nutrients in a healthy breakfast help the body wake up after a night’s sleep, starting the day off the right way.

For many families, busy mornings are the biggest barrier to breakfast. Finding foods that are both nutritious and easy to prepare is key. Ready in less than five minutes and simple enough that kids can prepare it themselves, toast is an ideal breakfast choice. Involving your kids in meal preparation builds confidence, independence and a foundation of cooking skills they can rely on as they continue to grow.

Start off with a slice of whole-grain bread and top it off with any variety of spreads, fruits or veggies. Toast with toppings is a breakfast choice that includes protein, fiber and healthy fats. These nutrients slow digestion, keeping kids full, focused and energized longer. Toast with toppings also provides a variety of vitamins and minerals, like vitamins A and C, B vitamins, potassium and iron. The energy and nutrients found in toast provide the get-up-and-go needed to fuel a day of work and play.

Information provided by Molly Muchow, Hy-Vee Dietician, 4815 Maple Drive, Pleasant Hill,  515-262-7944.

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