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September 29th, 2009

Now that it’s back to school season, I know moms and dads are worried about their kids getting a healthy start to have all the energy they need to stay alert and focused at school. In fact, one-third of kids in America are either skipping breakfast entirely or are starting their days with empty calories laden with artificial flavors and preservatives.

Fast food might be convenient, but it can also be pretty expensive, not to mention loaded with excessive calories, fat and sugar.  And store-bought options are often filled with sugar, corn syrup and additives, so here are some simple and easy recipes that anyone can make at home that provide a more healthful and natural alternative.

Parents are juggling a million things in the morning, trying to get out the door on time, but still want to make sure the kids are fed a wholesome and nutritious breakfast that will get them through the school day.

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My first recipe is a granola parfait layered with yogurt, crunchy granola, blueberries and topped with a drizzle of pure Canadian maple syrup. It’s quick and easy, and the kids can eat this at home, or you can just make it in to-go containers for the ride to school.

If you want to make something a little more substantial to get your kids through the day, you could also try my Oatmeal P.B. and Banana Pancakes.

What people might not realize is the “real thing” comes mostly from Canadian maple trees, and contains only pure maple syrup, a natural product from the earth with no additives, preservatives…unlike pancake syrups that contain mostly high-fructose corn syrup. So, check the bottle to make sure you and your kids are getting the real thing. It tastes much better and is actually better for you than the alternatives.

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If you want to give your kids a touch of sweetness that is healthy and delicious, this is a great blueberry milkshake recipe for you to try.

Studies have shown that kids who eat breakfast have less school absences, can improve math, reading, and test scores, and are less likely to be overweight. One study showed that eating breakfast food high in fiber and low in sugar helped students sustain the cognitive effects of breakfast. So, a good breakfast really is so important for everyone, but especially kids.

These recipes are easy and affordable, homemade alternatives to give kids a good start or a great option as an after-school snack. Even better, it’ll help parents save money making kids breakfasts and snacks at home, and the recipes are so delicious, so your kids will thank you for it.

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