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A Fast, Healthy (and Fun) Breakfast

Perfect for breakfast or snack, this souped-up smoothie is packed with powerful antioxidants, potassium, and protein.

Brainy Berry Smoothie

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup organic milk
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup avocado
1 banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
Optional: 1 tsp. honey

Blend ingredients together adding water to thin the consistency.

Power-Up Oatmeal

Fiber-rich oatmeal is a warm and wholesome way to start your child's morning. Most of the oatmeal that she is eating, however, is likely to be quick rolled oats which have a high glycemic index, causing the blood sugar to spike and crash. Steel-cut oats, by comparison, are healthier to eat because they burn slower in the body keeping the insulin level stable, but are time-consuming to prepare. If you want to stick with quick oats, add protein in the form of eggs to help maintain a balanced blood sugar level. Here's how to keep 'em incognito:

-Cook oatmeal according to the directions on the container.
-While the oats are cooking, break an egg (one egg for every serving) into a stainless steel bowl and beat lightly.
-Before the oats are finished cooking, transfer them to the stainless steel bowl while quickly incorporating the egg with a wooden spoon. This process, called tempering, will keep the egg from becoming scrambled.
-Pour the oatmeal mixture back into pot and continue cooking for another 4 minutes to ensure that the egg is thoroughly cooked.
-The egg in the oatmeal may alter the texture a bit by making it slightly creamier and make the oatmeal appear more yellow in tone. To distract your child from these differences, make a smiley face using dried cranberries or raisins on top of the oatmeal.

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