August 13, 2010, Newsletter Issue #217: Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Tip of the Week

Start your child's day off right - with a healthy breakfast. Although pouring your preschooler a bowl of sugary cereal may be easy, it is not very healthy. Popular kids cereals with a high-glycemic index cause a quick peak in blood sugar, which then drops dramatically, leaving your child hungry again and sluggish. Low-glycemic foods like oatmeal are absorbed more slowly so blood sugar levels stay even and energy lasts longer. Here are some balanced breakfast ideas, each with the right amount of protein and complex carbohydrates.

Scrambled eggs, toast, orange juice
Plain yogurt, Grape Nuts cereal, fresh fruit mixed in
Veggie omelet, bran muffin, milk
Whole-grain pancakes or waffles topped with fresh berries, milk
Oatmeal sprinkled with cinnamon, milk
Whole-grain bagel topped with cream cheese, apple juice
French toast topped with strawberries, milk
Grilled cheese sandwich using whole-grain bread and low-fat cheese
Peanut butter and banana slices on whole-grain bread, milk
Fruit smoothie using fresh fruit and low-fat yogurt

If you don't have time to cook a healthy breakfast, keep fresh fruit and low-fat cheese sticks available for your preschooler to eat on the go.

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