I’ve got a delicious recipe to share with you guys today!
Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars.
As school starts up again, I’m teaming up with the American Dairy Association Mideast and some other bloggers for a little recipe exchange and Twitter party! The goal is to share some delicious breakfast ideas with you guys and to promote dairy products as a healthy part of a nutritious breakfast for kids!
As an RD, I’m a HUGE proponent of everyone eating a healthy breakfast each morning. Kids are no exception. Research has shown that breakfast eaters have better attention and memory than breakfast skippers, and kids who eat breakfast have better math and reading scores, better attendance and better attention in the classroom than those who don’t eat breakfast. (Remember when I went to the Learning Connection Summit with ADA Mideast? One of the big focus areas was how Healthy Students are Better Students…and better nutrition starts with breakfast!)
Did you know that eating a nutritious breakfast that includes low fat or fat free milk provides one-fourth of a child’s daily nutrient needs and is linked to a higher intake of calcium, a nutrient kids are lacking?
When I started thinking about what recipe I was going to create, I decided to focus on a couple of ways ADA Mideast shares to build a better breakfast:
Build a better breakfast
- Be a role model – Your kids are more likely to eat breakfast if you do, too.
- Beyond boxed cereal – Get creative with breakfast options that kids will be sure to wake up for. Top a tortilla with peanut butter and banana slices and serve with low fat milk.
- Rushed morning rescue – Keep portable items on hand such as yogurts in a tube, granola bars, fruit and single-serve, low fat milk.
- Eat for energy – Plan breakfast around at least three of the five food groups, especially low fat or fat-free dairy foods, fruits and whole grains.
- Late out of the gate? Eat breakfast at school – School breakfast is a convenient and nutritious option for busy families or kids who don’t feel hungry as soon as they wake up. It’s available to all students, regardless of socio-economic background and is a great nutritional value!
I wanted to create something that was grab-and-go. As a kid, I never had trouble getting up to eat breakfast but my sister was CONSTANTLY oversleeping/running late/skipping breakfast on her way to school. When kids have trouble getting up in the morning, it’s important to have quick, easy options ready for them so they don’t miss out on the most important meal of the day. I also wanted to create an energy dense breakfast that included at least three of the five food groups. These Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars contain whole grains, dairy and fruit all in one easy to eat bar!
It took me a few tries to get this recipe the way I wanted it, but the end result is delicious. These bars are full of flavor and super moist! It’s almost like eating cake for breakfast 🙂 Plus, Fall is fast approaching so it’s a great way to incorporate one of my favorite fall fruits (apples!) into your diet.
Here’s the recipe:
If you’re making these to eat on the run, let them cool completely, cut into bars and place in individual ziploc bags. Store them in the fridge and your kids can grab one on their way out the door.
If you have a little more time in the morning, stick one on a plate, microwave to warm it up and top with a little peanut butter…OR crumble one into a bowl of low-fat yogurt!
PS. On September 11th, join us for the #DairyFuel for Back-to-School twitter party at 9PM EST!! There will be lots of great info and recipes being shared and there’s a chance to win lots of great prizes! Mark your calendars!
*ADA Mideast compensated me for this post. All thoughts, opinions and the recipe are my own*