We all know breakfast is important, but for many years, my family's breakfast consisted of cereal or Pop-tarts. Not the most nutritious, but easy for a busy morning.
But when two of my sons displayed signs of ADHD, breakfast became even more important. My boys already had trouble sitting still at school, and giving them a high carbohydrate breakfast wasn't helping. The carbs soared through their bodies for a few hours causing increased energy. Then their energy dipped after that burst.
I had to take a serious look at what they ate in the morning and make some significant changes. The biggest change was making sure they had a well-balanced breakfast that included protein.
This week I thought I would share a few of my tips for beating the breakfast blues. One of my kids' favorites is a yogurt parfait. This has numerous flavor options, and is fun to make. It's a simple recipe: yogurt, fresh fruit and granola in layers. The fun comes in getting creative with those ingredients - plus serving it in a water goblet.
If you have a store like Sprouts, or another natural foods store, you can get lots of granola options. They even have great yogurt options.
Here are some of our favorite parfait combinations:
- Banana yogurt, French vanilla granola, bananas
- Vanilla yogurt, strawberry granola, strawberries
- Peach yogurt, cinnamon granola, bananas
How much protein you need a day depends on other factors. I can't give any health advice, so it would probably be a good idea to do some research if you want to get serious about this issue.
Tomorrow I'll share some of my ways to keep from getting the breakfast blues - and how to do it fast.
In His Love,