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What's the Big Deal About Breakfast?

What's the Big Deal about Breakfast?

Did you know...

  • breakfast can help children learn better?
  • skipping breakfast changes the way our brains work?
  • school breakfast programs can actually increase daily school attendance?
  • children who skip breakfast are at greater risk for being overweight?

Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

Nutrition Edition. Contra Costa Child Care Council

  • Raisin toast with peanut butter, banana, milk
  • Cheese melted on whole wheat toast, pears, milk
  • Banana bread, cheese, orange juice, milk
  • Tuna fish sandwich, tomato juice, milk
  • English muffin, fresh fruit topped with yogurt
  • Bran muffin orange slices, milk
  • Grilled cheese sandwich, kiwi, milk
  • Homemade cheese/ham pizza, pineapple, milk
  • Scrambled eggs, toast, fruit salad, milk
  • Toaster waffle topped with applesauce, milk
  • Egg salad pita, tangerine slices, milk
  • Fruit smoothie (fruit with yogurt)

A Quick and Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Number of Servings: 4
Cups of Fruits and Vegetables Per Person: 1.0

2 cups orange juice
2 cups strawberries
½ cup bran cereal
1 cup low fat strawberry yogurt
½ cup chopped carrots
2 cups ice

Place all items into blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.


Nutrition Facts label of Fruit and Bran Smoothie
Diabetic Exchange**

Fruit: 1
Vegetables: 0
Meat: 0
Milk: 0
Fat: 0
Carbs: 1
Other: 0

** Diabetic exchanges are calculated based on the American Diabetes Association Exchange System. This site rounds exchanges up or down to equal whole numbers. Therefore, partial exchanges are not included