Breakfast choices

By Staff
Suzanne Langcuster
hildren who eat breakfast perform better on standardized achievement tests and have fewer behavior problems in school.
It can also improve your mood thoughout the day
Breakfast muffins are one of the better choices for breakfast that can help insure healthy eating.
Some of them are very inviting and come in a variety of tastes.
Most muffins are easy to prepare. Cake mixes can be used if you are in a rush.
What I like about muffins is that you can cook them ahead of time and store them in tins or zip lock bags.
Just warm and serve.
Served with chunks of pineapple, watermelon and grapes, they make a great breakfast treat.
Don't forget to add a dish of mixed nuts like almonds, walnuts and pecans.
Breads are another good breakfast choice.
You can find recipes in your cookbooks or magazines that will help you find something to suit your tastes.
Breads made with healthy ingredients can be a plus for your family. Cheese bread, wheat bread, banana bread, Irish bread, soy nut bread, cranberry bread and pumpkin bread are just a few.
You might want to experiment to find the bread your family enjoys most.
Also, pancakes can house some wonderful ingredients that make your family healthier.
They may contain yogurt, eggs, honey, milk, bran, pineapple or lemon juice, and would you believe peanut butter?
Yes, there is a peanut butter pancake. Don't forget your maple syrup or honey.
The National Weight Control Registry is a database of more than 3,000 people who have lost at least 60 pounds and kept it off for at least 6 years. Seventy eight percent of these people in the registry found that eating breakfast daily was an
excellent weight control strategy along with eating a low-fat diet and exercising for an hour or more every day.
I hope you will check today's recipes for some healthy breakfast choices. Sometimes, having a new treat on the table brings a smile to the faces of your loved ones.
You will be smiling, too, because you helped make them healthier and happy.
Suzanne Langcuster is a food columnist for the Franklin County Times.

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