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Brainy Breakfast
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Type: Recipes   Skills: Health & Safety
A brainy breakfast should consist of foods that are high in protein like eggs and milk, and healthy carbohydrates, such as, plain yogurt with fresh fruit, whole grain cereal or pancakes and oatmeal. Children who begin the day with a brainy breakfast have a higher attention span and do better throughout the day. Brainy Breakfast
What We Learn
Kids need 5 to 9 servings of fruits & vegetables a day
One serving is equal to a childís fist
Allow children to graze all day
Educate children about proper nutrition early in their life
Supply List
Milk
Yogurt
Protein powder
Fruit (strawberries, blueberries, etc.)
Honey
Tofu
Blender
How-To
Fruit Smoothie
When youíre on the go, and you donít have time to create the perfect brainy breakfast, hereís an easy alternative that contains all the nutritional needs that your kids require to start the day right. Itís a fruit smoothie.

Pour into a blender a cup of milk. (Whole milk for kids under 2 years of age. 1% or 2% Milk for kids older than 2.)

Add 1/3 cup of plain yogurt. It will help give the smoothie a nice, smooth texture.

Add a couple servings of protein powder. There are a variety of protein powders to choose from (rice, soy, milk & egg) and they come in different flavors (chocolate, vanilla). Add whatever fruit your kids like, such as strawberries, blueberries, mango, etc.

Sweeten it with honey only if children are over the age of one.

Lastly, add tofu or as an alternative, peanut butter with non-hydrogenated oil.

Put the lid on and blend away.

Tips on how to make a Nibbling Tray
The best way to get kids to graze all day long is to put together a nibbling tray. For a 1 to 2 year old, you can use an ice cube tray and cut small pieces of the following: slices of hard-boiled egg, raisins, apples, bananas, strawberries, broccoli, carrot sticks, oranges. Then put them in the different compartments of the ice cube tray. Also put some fun dipping sauces in some of the compartments, like guacamole, hummus or peanut butter. This makes the food fun and appealing to the kids and will draw them into eating healthy.

As the kids get older you can use larger nibbling trays such as a muffin or cupcake tin to put your healthy choices in. Leave these trays out all day long and allow the kids to eat them when they want to. This will ensure your kids will get the proper foods for them to grow up fit and healthy.

Remember, it can take up to 15 to 20 exposures of a food item before a child will try it. If you are consistent about giving them these healthy choices, they will eventually eat them. Just do your best to make the foods attractive and appealing.
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