Food for Thought:
Four Brain-Boosting Breakfast Ideas for Happy Students
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Coming up with back to school breakfast ideas isn’t always easy. We’ve all heard how breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s pretty easy to fall back on sugary cereals and grab-and-go breakfast bars when you’re in a rush to get the kids – and yourself – ready for the day. But now that the kids are back in school, it’s even more important to have a healthy breakfast every morning.
In fact, did you know that studies show a breakfast high in whole grains, protein, and fiber help your kids be more active, attentive, and happier in school? Here at Kodiak Cakes, we know that making a healthy breakfast every morning isn’t always easy, so we put together a list of brain-boosting breakfasts that are convenient and taste amazing.
Kodiak Cakes Power Waffles are a great way to start the day, and they only take a few minutes to make! We craft these toaster-ready waffles with 100% whole grains that provide energy for the brain in the form of glucose and fiber that helps regulate the release of that glucose. That means your kids get a steady supply of energy throughout the morning, instead of a quick sugar rush and crash before lunch.
Our Power Waffles also contain 12 grams of protein per serving. Protein is not only one of the many nutrients kids need for healthy brain development, but it also helps keep them full until lunch. To make Kodiak Cakes Power Waffles even more of a brain-boosting back to school breakfast, try topping them with fresh blueberries, raspberries, and our Super Fruit Syrup to add vitamin C, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids to help energize the brain for a full day of learning.
Oatmeal is a great brain food because it is loaded with vitamin E, B-complex vitamins, and zinc, all of which help our brains function at full capacity. Kodiak Cakes Oatmeal Unleashed takes less than a minute to make and contains whole rolled oats and 14 grams of protein per serving. To give this brain-boosting back to school breakfast even more of a boost, try topping it with fresh blueberries and raspberries for more omega-3s in your breakfast. Pro tip: don’t forget to keep an eye on your oatmeal cooking in the microwave so it doesn’t boil over.
For those mornings you do have more time to cook a full back to school breakfast, you can’t go wrong with a classic stack of pancakes. Fire up the griddle, bust out the mixing bowl, and whisk some Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes for your kids. They’re packed with all the essentials of a brain-boosting breakfast – whole grains, protein, and fiber – and you can even add an egg to get more protein and choline content, which has been linked to aid with memory and brain development.
Kodiak Cakes Flapjack Unleashed Cups are the perfect solution for busy mornings when you’re in a rush. Our flapjack cups are made with 100% whole grains and are a good source of protein to keep you and your kids full until lunch. The only thing you have to do is add water, mix, microwave, and dig in! To complement the whole grains, protein, and fiber in our flapjack cups, try topping them with Greek yogurt and fresh blueberries to put a creative spin on an already-tasty back to school breakfast. Greek yogurt is a good source of probiotics, which have been linked to have a positive effect on the brain.
Takeaway: Don’t Skip Breakfast
Thinking about healthy back to school breakfast ideas doesn’t have to take a lot of time; a healthy breakfast can always taste amazing! Remember that one of the easiest ways to get your kids to love a healthy breakfast is by example, so remember to treat yourself to a nourishing and delicious breakfast every day. It’s also a great time to catch up on some family time before heading out for the day!