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Saturday, September 10, 2011

On The Go Breakfast Ideas

We all know and have head it over and over again that "Breakfast jump-starts the brain and keeps us alert throughout the morning". As a mom of 5 kids who often have various school starting times each morning I know how crazy trying to get breakfast into each childs tummy can be especially when they are racing out the door to make it to school on time and don't have time to eat.  End the skipping breakfast days in your home with these simple and tasty On The Go Breakfast ideas:
 Keep on hand grab and go items:

Juice Boxes

Fruit - Bananas, apples, grapes ( have fruit washed and bagged up ready to grab).

Yogurt - stir in granola and fruit.

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with slices of banana

Granola bars.

Hard Boiled eggs.

Bagels with cream cheese.

Muffins or quick breads.

Scrambled eggs stuffed in a pita with toppings ( cheese, crumbled bacon, salsa etc.)

Homemade waffles and pancakes ( made ahead and placed in the freezer.  Re-heat in microwave or toaster).

Sweet breakfast wraps (banana, peanut butter and honey wrapped in a tortilla or cream cheese and fresh slices of fruit).

Here are two simple recipes that your kids will enjoy:

Kicked-Up Quesadilla
from Parenting.com

These healthy quesadillas get a bright, fresh kick from the addition of tangy Granny Smith apples. Prepped and ready in less than 5 minutes, it's the perfect meal to munch as you head out to the car.

What you need:
2 flour tortillas (regular or whole-wheat)
1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar
several thin slices of a Granny Smith apple
Sprinkle an even layer of cheese over one tortilla. Scatter the apple slices on top of the cheese and top with the remaining tortilla. Microwave for 30 seconds or until the cheese melts. For a crisper tortilla, use a large skillet and crisp for 1-2 minutes on both sides, until the cheese is melted. Cut into 6-8 wedges.

from Parenting.com

Those sugary ready-made pastries are fun to eat fresh from the toaster. This homemade version is nearly as quick -- but with less sugar and no artificial colors or flavors. The sky's the limit when it comes to imagining taste combinations. You could make a different pop-toast every morning.

What you need:
2 pieces of whole wheat bread
1 tsp butter, softened
1-1/2 Tbsp. jam
Lightly butter both pieces of bread. Spread the jam over the butter onto just one piece of bread leaving 1/2 inch border around the edges. Top with the remaining slice of bread. Cut off the crust and seal the two pieces of bread together using the tines of a fork. Slide into the toaster; then *pop*, breakfast is ready.
Optional: Add thinly sliced fresh fruit such as bananas or strawberries for a fresh flavor. Try adding peanut butter or cream cheese for an added boost of protein. Chocolate fiends could even try a teaspoon of chocolate hazelnut spread instead of butter

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