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Breakfast: The most important meal of the day

By Sheila Gregory, Currituck Extension

As a child, do you remember your parents saying “breakfast was the most important meal of the day”? Well they were right. It is very important that we make eating breakfast a regular habit. A morning meal provides the necessary fuel, not only for your body, but for the brain as well. Eating a healthy breakfast helps improve your concentration and productivity throughout the day. It can be a challenge in the morning, whether you are getting your child or yourself ready for school or work. However, the first meal of the day can be quick, fun and eaten on the run if necessary.

Here are just a few good breakfast choices for you and your family to try:

– Peanut butter and banana sandwich and glass of favorite milk.

– Top cold or hot cereal with fresh or canned fruit.

– Bagel with fruit spread or low-fat cream cheese on top.

– Cereal bar and milk make a great, quick, on the run breakfast meal.

– Yogurt is a quick way to get some calcium.

– Fresh fruit cup.

– Fruit or vegetable smoothie.

– Boiled egg.

Children will eat better when you let them be involved in the kitchen preparing a meal. Have a special breakfast one day a week where everyone helps out in the kitchen. Try this yummy recipe!

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

Ingredients:

2 eggs beaten

2 bananas, mashed

½ cup of old fashioned rolled oats, uncooked

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon olive oil

½ cup fresh or frozen fruit

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients, baking batter should be cohesive and without lumps.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet on medium-low heat. Once heated, spoon ¼ cup portions of the batter onto the skillet and cook until golden brown on both sides (about 4 minutes on each side).
  3. Heat fruit in a small skillet until warm, stirring occasionally. Serve over pancakes. You can also serve pancakes with chopped nuts or peanut butter on top.

For more information on delicious recipes you and your family can prepare together, contact Sheila Gregory at sheila_grergory@ncsu.edu or via phone 252-232-2261. Today’s recipe was retrieved from https://www.eatsmartmovemorenc.com.

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