Our mouthwatering Brain-Boosting Breakfast series continues with celebrity chefs and restaurateurs creating healthy, brain-boosting breakfast ideas to help keep kids going throughout the day.
Our mouthwatering Brain-Boosting Breakfast series continues with celebrity chefs and restaurateurs creating healthy, brain-boosting breakfast ideas to help keep kids going throughout the day. Today's recipes come from Tanya Steel, editor-in-chief of Epicurious.com and author of Real Food For Healthy Kids.
Tanya Steel's seen and heard it all. As the editor-in-chief of Epicurious.com
and author of Real Food For Healthy Kids
, she's encountered picky eaters, moms who don't think they have time to cook, and those who are hesitant to introduce healthy foods to their kids. With childhood obesity on the rise, she's trying to educate parents and kids one meal at a time.
In the midst of the morning rush, breakfast is often just grabbed on the go or thrown on the table, without much thought as to how it can help kids throughout the school day. Tanya's providing us with three first meals of the day that are not only healthy, but kid tested to win over even the pickiest eaters!
- Good Day Pear Crisp: "I love this recipe because it kind of tastes like pie for breakfast, but is so much healthier. At only 162 calories and 3 grams of saturated fat, it is a flavor-packed way for little ones to start the day. You can substitute apples for the pear (Granny Smith or Royal Gala are good varieties) and, in the Summer, stone fruit, like nectarines, plums, or apricots. It’s seasonal, inexpensive, fast to make, and delicious to eat."
- Extreme Granola: "I have to say, this is one of the recipes in Real Food For Healthy Kids that I crave regularly. Whether I am putting it atop berries with Greek yogurt, in a bowl with skim milk, or just eating it as a snack, this granola is extreme — extremely addictive! It’s particularly good for breakfast, as it provides enough carbohydrates and fiber for kids to feel full, focus at school, and get them all the way to lunchtime."
- Whole Biscuit Shortbread: "We love shortbread, but it’s made with so much butter and white flour that was always a special-occasion treat in my household — until we developed this recipe, which uses almost exactly half and half all-purpose to whole wheat. We also reduced the sugar and the upshot is that these delicious crunch biscuits are only 81 calories a cookie. You can [also] dip them in semisweet chocolate, and give them as a lunchbox snack.
Keep reading for Tanya's brain-boosting breakfast recipes for school mornings!