Por­ta­ble break­fast for busy stu­dents

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - FOOD / HOME - BY GRETCHEN MCKAY

It’s the start of an­other school year and for some par­ents, get­ting the kids out the door on time with their teeth brushed and lunches packed is only one of many school­re­lated headaches.

It also can be a chal­lenge to get your lit­tle one or teen to eat some break­fast.

Maybe he or she is feel­ing rushed. Of­ten your child is just too sleepy to feel all that hun­gry. If your stu­dent is a teenager who’s started to worry about ap­pear­ances, per­haps she thinks (in­cor­rectly) that she will main­tain or lose weight by for­go­ing that plate of eggs.

For what­ever rea­son, stud­ies show more than 10 per­cent of school chil­dren re gu­larly skip break­fast. And it gets worse as they grow older; ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Di­etetic As­so­ci­a­tion, more than two-thirds of teenaged girls and half of teenaged boys head to class on an empty stom­ach.

Why is this a con­cern? Kids who eat break­fast do bet­ter in school. Not only do they work faster and do bet­ter on math prob­lems, they also per­form bet­ter on vo­cab­u­lary tests than those who ate only a par­tial break­fast. They also have bet­ter con­cen­tra­tion and are more alert.

Your body goes along time be­tween bed­time and rise time with­out food, and those who skip break­fast have trou­ble sta­bi­liz­ing their blood su­gar for the day. Not only does miss­ing this most im­por­tant meal make for a cranky child, but it also makes them tired and rest­less.

It’s prob­a­bly un­re­al­is­tic to get them to sit down for a full break­fast. But if there’s some­thing sit­ting on the counter they can grab as they run out the door, you might just win the break­fast bat­tle.

Be­low, we of­fer three por­ta­ble break­fast dishes that also will make a nu­tri­tious after-school snack for kids who go from the class­room to the sports field or other ac­tiv­i­ties. An added plus: all are easy enough that lit­tle hands can lend a hand in mak­ing them — mak­ing it more likely they’ll want to eat them.

Blue­berr y Pie French Toast Muffins

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