The Most Important Meal of the Day

March 02, 2009

Eating_breakfastby Jean Saunders, HSC School Wellness Director

Mom was right, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) has designated this week, March 2-6, as National School Breakfast Week. At schools across the country, food service directors will encourage students to participate in school breakfast programs. This year, many schools will promote their breakfast programs with the “Power Up with School Breakfast” campaign, a program that uses super heroes to promote the benefits of eating breakfast.

I thought this was a good day to take mom’s advice to heart and make a healthy breakfast of oatmeal. This time, I made my morning oatmeal with steel cut oats. (These take about 30 minutes to cook – you can  use old fashioned rolled oats or quick or  instant oats if you are in a hurry.)

This recipes makes about two servings:

2 cups water
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup  dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, etc.)
½ cup steel cut oats
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
2 table spoons plain yogurt (optional)

Add salt, and dried fruit to water, bring to a boil. Slowly stir in oats. When oats begin to thicken (after about 5 minutes), reduce heat. Simmer for about 25 minutes, or until desired consistency. I added a little plain yogurt and honey to my steaming bowl of oats – yummy!

Does your child’s school serve breakfast? What was on the menu today?