The Doctors: Breakfast Routine Benefits
Instilling a healthy breakfast routine for your family is very important according to Dr. Stork and Dr. Jim Sears. Studies have shown that eating breakfast can improve your mental alertness, attention span and memory.
Incorporating protein into your breakfast helps make you feel fuller longer and more alert. Dr. Stork said to look for options like low-fat milk, eggs, or nuts. Dr. Sears said that skipping breakfast may not only put your kids at a nutritional disadvantage, but a disadvantage at school as well.
The Doctors: Quick and Healthy Breakfast Recipes
Dr. Sears put on his apron and went into the kitchen to whip up some healthy breakfast treats that kids will love.
Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bites
First up were The Doctors’ Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bites. Dr. Sears used low-fat milk, pancake mix and an egg. He threw in some chopped apples, cinnamon and honey, then poured the mixture into mini muffin pans. These will give your kids protein, calcium and vitamins A and B. I’m considering making these when I get done with this story!
If you’re pressed for time, Dr. Sears recommends smoothies. He said to use low-fat milk and things like oatmeal or fruit. Adults can also add steamed low fat milk to their coffee, and natural sweeteners like honey or cocoa.
Dr. Sears said that studies show that regular breakfast eaters tend to have healthier diets overall. Here are Dr. Sears’ healthy breakfast recipes.
The Doctors: Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bites Recipe
- 2 cups of pancake mix
- 1 cup of low-fat milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp. of ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup of apple, freshly chopped
- 1 tbsp. of pure agave or honey
- Mini cupcake tray and liners
- Preheat your oven to 325.°
- Stir pancake mix and cinnamon together in a mixing bowl until well combined.
- Add milk, egg, agave/honey and beat the ingredients together until the batter is smooth. Carefully fold in the apples.
- Divide batter evenly into greased or lined mini cupcake pan, and bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
The Doctors: Breakfast Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup of low-fat milk
- 1 peeled, ripe banana
- 1 cup of frozen, unsweetened tart cherries
- 1 ½ cups of ice
- Place all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth or to desired consistency.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
The Doctors: Low-Fat Latte Recipe
- 1/2 cup low-fat milk
- 8 oz. extra bold brewed hot coffee
- 2 tsp. raw sugar, agave nectar or honey
- 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp. cinnamon, nutmeg or cocoa powder
- Brew coffee. Carefully heat milk in saucepan with a steaming wand, or in the microwave until warm but not scalding.
- Add vanilla extract, sweetener and/or cinnamon, nutmeg or cocoa powder to a coffee cup and pour in coffee and milk.
- Stir, then top it off with a dusting of cinnamon, nutmeg or cocoa powder.