Research shows that when kids eat oats in the a.m. they score better on memory and listening tests. (Likely because the complex carbs break down slowly in the body, keeping kids full and focused.) Try a healthy-but-sweet version: Combine ½ cup oats, 1 cup regular or almond milk,1 Tbsp natural cocoa powder, 1 tsp brown sugar, and a splash of vanilla extract. Microwave or cook to desired consistency.
Blueberries top the charts for antioxidant power — meaning they have great potential for warding off infection. Blend ⅓ cup regular or almond milk, 1 frozen banana, ½ cup frozen blueberries, 1 Tbsp honey, and 6 oz Greek yogurt. (Add ½ tsp ground flaxseed for an extra immunity boost.)
Extreme-energy french toast
Protein is essential to powering your kids’ body and brain all day long. Eggs are a great, inexpensive source of it. Think outside the scramble: Cut 2 slices bread lengthwise into 8 strips. Beat 1 egg, 2 Tbsp milk, and ⅛ tsp cinnamon; soak sticks in egg and cook in greased nonstick skillet until golden. Top with powdered sugar or honey.
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