As a busy mom, we all know the importance of meal planning for our family. One of the daily routines we have is providing a nutritional breakfast for our children. The past week I’ve been discussing the topic of menu planning for busy moms and creating dinner menus that fit our busy schedules. This morning I thought I would take a quick break from the dinner plan and discuss breakfast.
When your a busy mom on the go, you need to provide your children with a quick but nutritional breakfast. As our children’s bodies continue to grow, it is a great time to establish good eating habits, both at home and while at school. While much emphasis is focused on childhood obesity, there are many more reasons to eat healthy than just watching the scale. Quality nutrition is directly linked to our children’s success in school.
I was reading our children’s school newsletter and it stated recent research from Tufts University confirms the link between nutrition and cognitive development in children. According to the university’s study on severely undernourished children, “Even nutritional deficiencies of a relatively short-term nature will influence children’s behavior, ability to concentrate, and to perform complex tasks.”
Good nutrition helps children with performance by stabilizing blood sugar levels. This is accomplished by including whole grains, fruits and vegetables with smaller amounts of protein and fat in the diet. When children eat this way, their blood sugar, which influences mood, concentration and performance, will stay steady and they won’t feel as hungry as they might if they are eating lots of sugary foods.
If your child skips breakfast, or does not have a nutritional lunch, that days test scores may suffer. I am sure that once you understand how eating affects your children’s school work, you will carefully plan lunch, supply breakfast in the morning, and have healthy snacks throughout the day.
Here’s an idea of a quick breakfast idea for your kids that’s very easy to make. I baked it on my large stoneware bar pan. The bar pan evenly conducts heat and makes dishes not only cook evenly but faster. So it saves me alot of time in the morning.
Kids Breakfast Pizza
1 pound turkey sausage
1 package pizza dough or you can simply make your own ahead of time
1 cup shredded potatoes (hash brown style)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup lowfat milk 2%
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Slice sauce and cook sausage until browned; drain. Spread pizza dough on ungreased 12 inch pizza pan or bar pan. Press over bottom and sides, pulling up sides to create an edge. Spoon on sausage, sprinkle over this the potatoes. Top with cheddar cheese. Beat egg, milk, salt, and pepper. Pour over all. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
As always, my quick and easy recipes for Busy Moms can be found on my website Noel’s Kitchen Tips.
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