Feb. 18, 2011

Today was supposed to be a cold lunch day, but our school's were cancelled as so many teachers are out for the day protesting proposed state legislature to balance the $3.6 billion budget shortfall. So, I thought this might be the perfect opportunity to talk a bit about breakfast. I used to rely A LOT on cold cereal in the morning as I raced around getting my son out the door. I didn't realize the importance protein & fiber plays in children...especially when they are headed off to school. You can read more about this topic here, but basically protein and fiber are digested slower than foods lower in fiber and higher in sugar (cereal). This means foods higher in protein and fiber will keep kids feeling full longer than low fiber/high sugar foods. In working with our nutrtionist, Maria, I've also learned how essential protein is for healthy brain function. Without a sufficient amount of protein our bodies cannot produce enough neurotransmitters such asserotonin which helps boost energy and provides mental clarity (along with many other things)!

Now, I'm a bit more conscious to fill our breakfast plates with protein rich food. Here is an example of a quick and easy breakfast that my boys LOVE: Organic scrambled eggs with cheese & one slice of bacon on a Tumaro's multi-grain tortilla and blueberries which are low in sugar and high in anti-oxidants making it one of my favorite fruits.

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