Last year, I wrote a post “Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Kids” as part of my “Food for the Brain” series where I talked about foods that are good for the brain. These included berries, apples, eggs, yogurt, whole grains, nuts, leafy green vegetables, fatty fish and iron rich foods.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “eating a healthy breakfast is associated with improved cognitive function (especially memory), reduced absenteeism, and improved mood.” Eating breakfast is also beneficial to adults. Studies show those who eat breakfast are less likely to become overweight, will maintain better cholesterol levels and will maintain an overall healthy lifestyle.
With school underway, starting the day off with a healthy and satisfying breakfast is a priority. Since my kids were young, I’ve always emphasized the importance of a good breakfast. Fortunately, the idea of a good healthy breakfast has sunk into my older boys over the years, and now that they make their own breakfast in the morning, they make good choices on their own. Oatmeal, whole grain cereal, Greek yogurt and bananas are their go-to breakfast foods on any given school day.
I still make breakfast for my little guy because he gets up a little later than my older boys and I’m more awake by then. Sometimes I’ll make him a Fruit Smoothie with Greek yogurt or a Yogurt Granola Fruit Parfait; other days, breakfast might be an fluffy omelet stuffed with leftover vegetables from the night before, a breakfast burrito stuffed with scrambled eggs and uncured turkey bacon, or vegetarian refried beans topped with a poached egg and salsa.
One recent morning, I treated my little guy to this Almond Crusted Stuffed French Toast served with fresh strawberries. Made with whole grain raisin bread spread with almond butter and blueberry jam from the farmer’s market, then dipped in egg and crusted with sliced almonds, this French toast was a fun way to add fiber and protein at breakfast time.
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September is Better Breakfast Month and The California Almond Board is giving away a Better Breakfast Starter Kit (total value of approximately $50), filled with:
- One $20 Visa gift card to buy anything else that makes your breakfast better
- One pound of whole natural almonds
- One jar of almond butter
- One pound of sliced almonds
- One reusable, insulated travel pouch for breakfasts on-the-go
- One double-sided recipe card for better breakfast inspiration
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During the month of September, The California Almond Board is also running a Better Breakfast Challenge, where they are challenging people to makeover their breakfasts for at least one week during Better Breakfast Month. By entering, you could win a year’s supply of almonds! All you have to do is visit their website (www.almonds.com) in September, submit a photo of your better breakfast made with almonds and let them know why it’s better for you. Winners will be posted daily on their Facebook page.
Almond Crusted Stuffed French Toast
- 4 pieces whole grain gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 2 tablespoons blueberry jam
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons low-fat milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- a dash of ground cinnamon
- 2 ounces sliced raw almonds
- cooking spray
- honey for serving
Spread 2 slices of bread with almond butter and blueberry jam. Place slice of bread on top of each slice to make two sandwiches.
In a pie pan, beat egg with milk, vanilla and cinnamon. Place almonds on a plate.
Dip one side of each of the sandwiches in the egg mixture and place on top of almonds. Gently pressure so almonds stick to sandwich. Dip other side of sandwich and press into almonds on the plate. Carefully spray both sides of sandwiches with cooking spray. Cook on the stove in a pan or on a panini press.
Serve with honey if desired.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary Better Breakfast Starter Kit to play around with because I am a big advocate of healthier breakfasts.