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Do your kids eat breakfast?

Posted Oct 23 2008 4:31pm
Recent reports show 40% of kids don't eat breakfast! My son does eat breakfast everyday. In the past it might have been junk food like frozen waffles.

Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?

Here is some proof from recent studies:

Students who ate breakfasts before starting school had better math grades, reading scores, increased student attention, reduced nurse visits, and improved behavior.

Children who eat a healthy breakfast 'meet their daily nutritional needs, keep their weight under control, have lower blood cholesterol levels and attend school more frequently.

Kids who eat breakfast are more likely than children who skip breakfast to consume foods with adequate levels of essential minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamins, such as riboflavin, vitamins A, C, and B12, and folate.

So why aren't kids eating breakfast each day?
Most likely it is because most family's are already rushed in the morning and we don't feel like we have time to provide a nutritious breakfast. But remember that a good breakfast doesn't require lots of time - especially if you have a Vita-Mix machine. There are many quick and easy breakfasts that you can give your kids that are also nutritious.

Try this Fruit smoothie:
Makes 2-1/2 cups

Processing Time: 1 minute
Speed: High

1 cup red seedless grapes
1 cup strawberries
1 banana
1 cup

Hint: If using frozen strawberries, do not add ice.

Place all ingredients in the Vita-Mix container in the order listed. Secure 2-part lid. Select VARIABLE, speed #1. Turn on machine and quickly increase speed to #10; then to HIGH. Run for 1 minute, or until smooth. Serve immediately.

I do this morning drink for my son often. He loves it and I know he is getting fruits that he might not get otherwise!

Most of the time I make a smoothie more like this one:

One banana
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 small apple
1 cup organic spinach (doesn't taste like icky green drinks)
Maple syrup if desired- make sure it's Real maple syrup.
Handful of ice

1/2 cup Kefir milk (made fresh from kefir grains) or 1/2 tbs Mt Capra Caprotein Goat-milk Protein
1 tsp organic coconut oil
1 tsp Big B (stabilized rice bran) * Whole Food Nation will offer this product soon, waiting on finishing touches for labels.

Blending this drink is different than a fruit smoothie.
Follow instructions below:

Place fruits, spinach, maple syrup and ice in the Vita-Mix container. Secure 2-part lid. Select VARIABLE, speed #1. Turn on machine and quickly increase speed to #10; then to HIGH. Run for about 45 seconds or until smooth.

Add the Kefir or Caprotein Goat-milk Protein Coconut oil and Big B and blend on low for a few seconds.

These ingredients are fragile - over blending will break down the healthy nutrients. It's important to keep all nutrients intact so just blend them into the drink.

With this drink your child will get fruits, veggies, protein (from kefir or Caprotein), healthy oils and a big healthy dose of vitamin B complex.

Enjoy and play around with the ingredients until you find your child's favorite.

I do have a few bottles of Big B unlabeled if anyone wants more information.

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