My kids are now into almost any food that makes them feel smart or strong. For example, if I put something like roast carrots on their plates and they linger uneaten, all I have to say is, "they'll help you see better," and they're gobbled up in a jiff.
All too often, kids (and many adults) aren't aware of the important health benefits certain foods offer their bodies and minds. Yet when we start to understand the positive effects different foods have on our bodies, we tend to make better choices, and in many ways, start to enjoy eating more.
We're big Greek yogurt eaters in my house. Greek yogurt is packed with protein, calcium and most contain natural probiotics which are great for our digestive health and can even boost our immune systems. Combine it with two other super foods like blueberries and walnuts, omega-3 and fiber-packed flax seeds, and a few other naturally sweet ingredients like apples and honey and you've got a true power breakfast that will give your body and mind a big boost first thing in the morning -- when you need it most.
How smart do you feel now knowing that?
Brainy Breakfast (serves 2)
- 1 cup greek yogurt (0 or 2 %)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 small apple, cored and chopped
- 1/2 cup mixed berries
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds (ground or whole)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon