Share your breakfast tips for back to school

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    Share your breakfast tips for back to school

    It's that time of year again. Students are filling their backpacks with notebooks and making their way back into the classroom. What do you fill their stomachs with before they head out the door? Is it a challenge to get your kids to eat? Whether you prepare a sit-down meal or breakfast to go, share your tips and recipes for your morning meals.

    From the Globe: Just don't call it breakfast (recipes included)
     
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    Toasted Steel Cut Oats (crock pot)

    1. Toast (don't burn) until brown 1 C steel cut oats in a pan in oil (whatever you have, canola, olive, butter, crisco).  This is optional but changes the taste for the better.
    2. Transfer oats to crock pot
    3. Add 3 C Water, 2 C milk (any combo which results in 5 C, more milk makes them richer, more cream in milk, makes em creamier)
    4. Add anything or nothing.  Suggestions 1/2C brown sugar, 1/2C maple syrup, nuts, raisins, chopped up dried fruits, plums, apricots, etc.  1C Karo, 1/2 -1 C sugar
    5. Cook on Low overnight.  Ready in the morning.  Store in fridge and reheat in microwave.  Takes about 90 seconds to reheat a coffee mug of oats.  Probably about 8-10 servings.
     
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    Re: Share your breakfast tips for back to school

    This is not for everyday. For special days like when they have a game, exam, or even a long day; I like to give them something that really sticks to their ribs. That includes protien and carbohydrates. So I feed them this Pastrami Hash recipe.

    My older boy gets hyper and loses concentration when he gets hungry, I find that a substantial breakfast like this helps him perform bette. Otherwise he is hungry before lunch.

    Another thing I do to save time is that I make large batches of pancakes on the weeked and freeze them. I find that pancakes re-heat really well in the microwave.


     
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    Re: Share your breakfast tips for back to school

    I realize that may last suggestion is not something that solves your problem on a regular basis. My favorite thing to do for both breakfast and lunch is to make stuff on the weekends that lasts 1-2 weeks.

    My wife makes this Banana Nut Bread, which is very healthy and makes a satisfying breakfast. It re-heats very well in the toaster over or microwave if you like something warm in the morning. I love it with coffee, but my son has it with OJ.

     
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    Re: Share your breakfast tips for back to school

    Couple of simple options:  you can replace sugary cereals with a fruit bowl consisting of strawberries, blueberries, apple, and banana with non or low fat milk.  Sprinkle some cinnamon on top and the combination satisfies that sweet tooth.  These fruits are pretty low in simple sugars which is critical in keeping a healthy diet.  You can also substitute the milk with a low-fat/non-fat yogurt or cottage cheese.  You can omit the cinammon when subbing yogurt or cottage cheese).  This one also works well for a snack.

    Oatmeal is also a great and healthy option.  (Proteins, complex carbs).  To enhance the taste don"t forget to add the fruit and tasty cinnamon.

    These are pretty simple to make and "taste great"!   
     
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    Re: Share your breakfast tips for back to school

    This is our favorite in the wintertime. Quick, warm and stick-t-your-bones.

    1/3 cup old fashioned oats, pinch of cinnamon, 1/4 cup orange juice and 1/4 cup water (depending on how liquidly or soft you want it when done, you can add more water), some raisins or chopped dates - maybe a tablespoon - 3 dried apricots. Heat in microwave for 5 minutes on MEDIUM. Stir and let sit for a few minutes. Drizzle with maple syrup if you want, but it is not necessary. Have a glass of milk on the side and you are all set to go for the day.

    This is for one person, and something the kids can make on their own.
     
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    Re: Share your breakfast tips for back to school

    OldMan - you mention freezing pancakes.  Great idea.  I wanted to add a tip.  Fiber One brand pancakes have way more fiber and protein than most brands and tend to keep a kid feeling full longer.

    My favorite well balanced breakfast is yogurt parfait.  a low fat yogurt layered with low fat granola and fruit.  I use Chappaqua Brand granola and peaches, but of course, use what you like!! 
     
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    Re: Share your breakfast tips for back to school

    AB and Old Man,
    I freeze left over waffles as well. Make a big batch, whenever I make them. Pack them in small ziplock bags - two to a bag. (Do the same with left over pancakes). Easy for anyone in the family to take out and pop in the toaster. Serve both with Maple Sirup and whatever fruit I have on hand.
     
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    Re: Share your breakfast tips for back to school

    AB,

    I like Fiber One stuff. I love their cereal and I like their bars. Actually the bars are a great breakfast on the go, but you have to be careful they are easy to eat, but give you lots of fiber Embarassed

    I will try their pancakes.

    Your yogurt parfait sounds like it would make as great dessert too! We can all use a little luxury in the morning.

    I would have to fight the temptation to top it with whipped cream.



    OMR


     
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    Re: Share your breakfast tips for back to school

    OMR - lol!!  NO, adding the whipped cream kind of defeats the purpose of low fat, high fiber, good for you stuff!!

    Better you stick to yogurt!! Laughing

    But thanks for the smile!!   :)
     

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