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Good Mornings!

These healthy breakfast recipes will rev up your family for the day ahead.
 

Learning Benefits

A cold bowl of cereal is okay to wake up to, but if you really want to kick-start your child's school day, try giving him a breakfast that includes protein, whole-grain cereal or bread, and fresh fruit. The nutrients in these foods power up his brain and sustain energy all morning long. On weekends, get him in on the fun — encourage him to help prepare his own breakfast and find playful ways to incorporate nutrient-rich foods, like an apple-slice smiley on his bowl of oatmeal. These versatile, vitamin-packed recipes for the morning meal keep growing brains in gear all the way to lunchtime.

 

Berry Burst

What you need:

  • ½ cup fresh berries
  • 1 small ripe banana, cut into chunks
  • 3 Tbsp strawberry yogurt
  • 2 tsp honey
  • ¼ cup cold milk

What to do:
If using frozen fruits, allow them to thaw for about 20 minutes. Put the berries, banana, yogurt, and honey into a blender and blend for 1 to 2 minutes, until smooth. Add the milk and blend again until frothy. Pour into a glass and serve (makes 1 serving).

 

Annabel's Homemade Granola

What you need:

  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup raisins

What to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  2. Put the oats, pecans, coconut, salt, and brown sugar in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon.
  3. Whisk the oil and maple syrup together in a small bowl. Pour over the oats and mix well.
  4. Spread out on a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake in the center of the oven for 40 to 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a bowl, stir in the raisins, and let cool. Makes 6 servings.

Welsh "Rabbits"

What you need:

  • 1½ oz. Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp cream or milk
  • 2-3 drops Worcestershire sauce (or to taste)
  • 1 English muffin, split and toasted
  • Peas, pea pods, and carrot, for garnish
  • 1 black olive, halved, for garnish
  • Chives, for garnish

What to do:

  1. Preheat the grill on high. Mash cheese, egg yolk, cream, and Worcestershire sauce together in a bowl. Season with pepper to taste.
  2. Spread the cheese mixture over the cut sides of the toasted muffin, spreading to the edges. Grill the muffin 7 to 8 centimeters from the heat source for 3 to 4 minutes, until the cheese is golden and bubbling. Don't let the muffin halves get too close to the heat or they may brown too quickly.
  3. Decorate the muffin with peas for eyes, pea pods for ears, an olive for a nose, chives for whiskers, and a carrot for fun. Makes 1 serving.

French Toast With Caramelized Apples

What you need:

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp superfine sugar
  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 12 wedges
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 3-4 drops vanilla extract
  • 2 thick slices slightly stale white bread, crusts removed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

What to do:

  1. For the apples, melt half the butter in a frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Stir in 2 tablespoons sugar until dissolved. Add the apple slices and cook, turning them occasionally for 5 to 10 minutes or until soft and lightly golden.
  3. For the French toast, beat the eggs, milk, ½ tablespoon of sugar, and vanilla in a shallow dish.
  4. Melt the rest of the butter in the frying pan. With each slice of bread: Soak in the beaten egg, then fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden on one side. Flip and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Mix the remaining ½ tablespoon sugar and cinnamon and scatter over the hot French toast. Serve the caramelized apples on the side. Makes 2 servings.

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