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5 Brain-Boosting Breakfasts for Your Back-to-School Bunch

The many brain and body boosting benefits of eating a good breakfast are widely touted. From amping up your metabolism to increased cognitive function, eating breakfast is more than just delicious, it's good for the body and soul. So...

The many brain and body boosting benefits of eating a good breakfast are widely touted. From amping up your metabolism to increased cognitive function, eating breakfast is more than just delicious, it's good for the body and soul. So why do so many people skip out on this savory morning meal? In honor of back to school and September's "All-American Breakfast Month," let's count down five simple yet sustaining recipes sure to send your kids off school well-fueled for the day ahead.

 

Brain boosting breakfasts
No time to cook? Try peanut butter and bananas for a protein-packed flavor favorite.

 

1. Blueberry Power Muffins with Almond Streusel

While many muffins are simply cupcakes parading as a healthy alternative, these are the real deal. Coined "power" muffins by Cooking Light for their combination of whole-wheat flour, blueberries, and milk and yogurt, they're the perfect breakfast for when the bus is already rounding the corner. For the ultimate in ease, these can even be made in advance and frozen for up to a month.

2. English Muffin Egg Pizzas

It looks like a pizza but contains everything your child needs to start the day off right. Even the pickiest eaters will love this playful variation on an every-kid favorite, which includes antioxidant-rich tomatoes, protein packed hard-boiled eggs, and heart-healthy olive oil. In-shell hard-boiled eggs last for up to a week in the fridge, so save time by boiling up a batch.

3. Breakfast Taquitos

Step away from the Pop-Tarts and frozen waffles. Instead, serve up these ready-in-minutes breakfast taquitos from RachelRay.com. Made with scrambled eggs, cheese, and corn tortillas, they're the perfect grab-and-go meal. Don't forget to chop up plenty of your kids' favorite veggies to add an extra punch of nutrition and flavor. And we all know how much little hands love to dip, so be sure to serve up with a side of salsa or ketchup.

4. Citrus Berry Smoothie

Kids will find this meal-in-a-glass to be the ultimate morning treat. Packed with cancer-fighting berries, creamy low-fat yogurt, and toasted wheat germ for brain power, this one will require no convincing. Even better? Just toss all of the ingredients in your blender, and you're good to go. (One helpful hint: Make extra.)

 

Brain boosting breakfasts
Why buy yogurt when you can make your own?

 

5. Mango-Coconut Parfait

Appetizing enough to be dessert but healthy enough for breakfast, Martha Stewart's Mango Coconut Parfait is a tropically-inspired treat thanks to the flavors of fiber-loaded mango and rich coconut. A hint of pure maple syrup sweetens the deal without inducing a sugar rush.

The importance of teaching your kids the value of eating a healthy breakfast can't be overstated. However, the busyness of everyday life often gets in the way. But it doesn't have to be that way. These breakfasts offer a "best of both worlds" solution to the breakfast bind felt in households across the country offering options which are quick, delicious and wonderfully nutritious, too.

Want to join in the festivities of "All-American Breakfast Month," but don't know where to start? Be sure to stock up on gourmet cooking supplies and equipment at Cilantro The Cooks Shop. Back to school season has never tasted so good!