A balanced breakfast is crucial to a child's day, but too many children come from homes where a good breakfast is not guaranteed.
To help more children get a good start to the day, schools around the country will this week mark the annual National Breakfast Week in order to raise awareness about school breakfast programs.
The theme of the week, "Be a Star With School Breakfast," highlights how a balanced breakfast can help students shine like their favorite celebrities.
National Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to promote the school breakfast program and to educate the public about links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles.
As people focus on healthy nutrition for children this week, here are some healthy breakfast options:
Healthy Breakfast Options
Bananas and oats are a tasty, healthy combination, and the addition of buttermilk keeps these waffles moist. Serve them with maple syrup, sliced bananas or other toppings.
Pancakes are easy to make, tasty and versatile. This version uses wheat flour, oats and nonfat milk - but there's no skimping on taste.
French toast is another breakfast favorite, but this recipe lightens up on the ingredients. With skim milk, egg whites, wheat bread and honey, chef Emeril Lagasse offers a healthier French toast alternative.
The Academy Award-winning actress is also a star in the kitchen. Paltrow has written her own cook book, and is a passionate foodie. Her recipe for apple crumb muffins uses spelt flour, which she says has more nutritional value than regular wheat flour and it more easily digested. Rolled oats, soy milk and toasted walnuts are among the many other ingredients.
Combine the flavors of ham, cheese and spinach with the richness of eggs for a tasty breakfast that serves as a great start to any day. This particular recipe provides lots of protein, vitamin A, choline, calcium, folate and iron.