Make Time for Breakfast

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Photo Credit: Vicky Brown, North Powder Charter School

Do your kids eat breakfast? If they do, they will likely be better behaved, have a higher IQ, do better in school and grow up to be healthy adults. These are the conclusions of a mountain of research that shows why breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

 
What makes a good breakfast? An ideal breakfast has carbohydrates, protein and fiber. Combined, these give you quick energy your brain needs after fasting all night, and sustained energy so you feel fuller longer.
 
Here are two easy Oregon ingredient packed recipes that fit the bill, and they’re convenient, so you can eat them on your way out the door:
 
1.     Good to Go Bars with a glass of low fat milk
2.     Oregon Smoothie with a piece of whole grain toast
 
The importance of kids eating breakfast is spotlighted March 3-7th during National School Breakfast Week. Schools serve kids breakfast in the cafeteria, grab-n-go style, or in the classroom. Wondering how school breakfast stacks up? More then ever before, school breakfasts have more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fat free or low fat milk, and less saturated fat, zero trans fats, and less sodium.
 
What’s great about school breakfast in Oregon is that nearly all public schools offer breakfast, half our kids have breakfast available to them at no charge, and now more then ever they feature Oregon foods! Talk about great value for your family. Just ask your school principal how your kids can get breakfast at school.
 
Want to learn more about the importance of breakfast at schools? Check out the Fuel up to play 60 webpage. And find more fast, delicious and inexpensive breakfast recipes at Food Hero.