Breakfast Pitfalls and Solutions

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Breakfast, Favorite Topics | 1 comment

Breakfast Pitfalls and Solutions

The research shows that we should all probably care a little more about breakfast. Kids who eat breakfast have better concentration, cognitive function and do better in school (just drinking one glass of water may even improve test scores!) Despite what many of my teen patients think, skipping breakfast may also lead to excess weight gain. However, many of the typical breakfast food choices are not the most nutritionally sound. Here are some of the pitfalls I have noticed over the years in talking to my patients...

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Pumpkin Apple Flax Muffin (Gluten Free)

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Breakfast, Desserts and Snacks, Gluten-free | 1 comment

Pumpkin Apple Flax Muffin (Gluten Free)

I have lately observed the increase in demand for gluten-free recipes.  Gluten is the protein found in wheat, barley and rye. More and more people are being diagnosed with gluten sensitivity, but want to be able to eat some of the recipes they love. I adapted this muffin recipe from one I found on bigeatstinykitchen.com.  It uses almond flour instead of wheat flour. Almond flour is pretty pricey, but can be made using blanched almonds and a food processor for a bit less money. I made a few modifications to this...

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Peach Jam

Posted by on Jul 28, 2012 in Breakfast, Desserts and Snacks | 2 comments

Peach Jam

Recently I took the kids to a local peach orchard where we picked the most beautiful, scumptious peaches. In my quest to learn about canning, I decided we would make peach jam to preserve a little bit of summer. I’ve made freezer jam with my mom since I was a kid, and there is nothing like homemade jam, especially on top of a slice of warm, fresh bread. Yum!! Canning is not that hard as long as you have a little time and a few basic tools. We used pint sized jars. Today we made three batches at once which...

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Oatmeal Breakfast Cakes

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Breakfast, Gluten-free, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Oatmeal Breakfast Cakes

This recipe idea came from my friend Debbie who is a vegan and teaches vegetarian and vegan cooking.  I misplaced her recipe, but sort of recreated it the best I could. I hesitate to call these “pancakes” because even though they look like pancakes, they taste and feel quite different. They are dense like a bowl of oatmeal.  Imagine a yummy bowl of oatmeal that looks like a pancake!  I used almond milk which was delicious, and the banana adds a nice sweetness. I have a hard time getting Tiny...

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Friteenie Frittatas

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Babyfood Option, Breakfast, Entrees, Sides, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Friteenie Frittatas

I have a lot of swiss chard growing in the garden. I asked friends for ideas on how to use it up, and one good friend suggested making frittatas.  Of course!  Like a giant baked omelette, frittatas are a wholesome vegetarian meal that can be served for breakfast or dinner. They are also a great way to use up extra veggies.  While I started making frittatas I saw a great egg muffin idea from a wonderful facebook page called, “Help! Mom’s on a Health Kick!”  Then it occured to me that I could...

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Crêpes

Posted by on Feb 22, 2012 in Breakfast, Desserts and Snacks | 2 comments

Crêpes

I love crêpes.  They are super versatile, kid-friendly, and easy to make. We were introduced to crêpes by a lovely French exchange student named Hélène who stayed with my family for a summer when I was a child. Hélène and I recently reconnected after MANY years, and as it turns out she is a nutritionist! For years my family would make these on the weekends and fill them with different fruits.  These can also be made with savory fillings like ham, cheese and vegetables. Spinach and cheese would also be...

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Doctor Yum’s Waffles

Posted by on Jan 29, 2012 in Breakfast | 0 comments

Doctor Yum’s Waffles

This is a recipe I recently doctored up to include more whole wheat flour.  I have been afraid to do this, because I thought that the lightness and fluffiness would suffer.  This morning I tried using white whole wheat flour (King Arthur’s brand is the most widely available) which is a much softer, milder wheat flour.  When I swapped out half of my all-purpose flour for the white whole wheat the results were great. The kids didn’t notice the difference either!  We all could use a little more...

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Breakfast Ideas for Vegetarian Kids

Posted by on Nov 2, 2011 in Breakfast, Feeding Babies, Feeding Children, Vegetarian | 5 comments

This week Cara, our vegetarian nutritionist talks about breakfast. _______________________________________________________ I was really looking forward to writing a post about my perfect daughter and how she ate the plateful of scrambled eggs and toast I made her every morning. Evelyn did eat eggs…at one point…but now she swats them away as if they were poison. Alas, we had several great months of a high protein, high iron breakfast. (By the way, eggs are the perfect protein and contain just about every...

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Granola Bars with Cherries and Chocolate Chips

Posted by on Oct 28, 2011 in Breakfast, Desserts and Snacks, School Lunch Ideas | 9 comments

Granola Bars with Cherries and Chocolate Chips

This recipe idea came from weelicious.com which is a great resource for family recipes.  I used the same basic proportions but put my own spin on it.  If you don’t like chocolate chips and raisins, you can certainly use other chips or dried fruit to put your own spin on it.  Even cinnamon and raisins would make a great version. Budget Friendly- I priced a batch of these at about 4 dollars (using organic old-fashioned oats and dried cherries from the bulk bins).  The batch makes 20-30 bars (my kids are...

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Lunch Idea – Letter Pancake Sandwiches

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Breakfast, School Lunch Ideas | 8 comments

Lunch Idea – Letter Pancake Sandwiches

This past Sunday I made my homemade pancake recipe (with white whole wheat flour, and flax). I decided to make the kids a surprise by making the pancakes into the first letter of their names.  I couldn’t find a squeeze bottle, so I put some of the batter into a zip top bag and cut a small hole from the corner.  I then piped out the letters onto the skillet.  I found that cooking them on a lower temp made it easier to flip the letters (the tops could cook longer and were less runny).  When they saw their...

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Blackberry Breakfast Muffins

Posted by on Jun 20, 2011 in Breakfast | 2 comments

Blackberry Breakfast Muffins

I bought the most SCRUMPTIOUS, melt-in-your mouth blackberries at the farmers market yesterday. I was so in love with them that I bought more than usual so that I could to try them in some recipes. Breakfast muffins are a great way to pack in nutrition, and because they freeze well can be a quick easy breakfast. This recipe uses some whole grains and my favorite ingredients, flax and wheat germ. The result is a crazy good muffin that’s high in fiber and nutrition. As a side note, I also used a few to make a...

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Breakfast, Desserts and Snacks | 6 comments

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

This is a classic summertime bread made healthier with a few substitutions. I also made it enticing with some dark chocolate chips! This recipe could be a great breakfast or snack bread.  I even  sliced small cubes of it as a sweet side dish for school lunch today. INGREDIENTS 3 eggs ½ cup vegetable oil ½ cup low fat vanilla yogurt 1½ cups light brown sugar 2 cups grated zucchini 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1½ cups white whole wheat flour 1 cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup flax meal ¼ cup wheat germ ½...

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Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples

Posted by on Feb 14, 2011 in Breakfast, Gluten-free | 1 comment

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples

This recipe is great for a quick nutritious breakfast.  Put this in the crockpot at night and just serve in the morning.  As opposed to traditional oatmeal, the steel cut variety is less processed (it’s basically the oat kernel cut in 2-3 pieces). Steel cut oats have a nutty flavor and an interesting texture when cooked well. Generally oatmeal has a low glycemic index.  This means the energy that you get is released more slowly and evenly, so you feel full longer. I love having this in the wintertime...

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Cheesy Green Eggs

Posted by on Feb 13, 2011 in Breakfast, Gluten-free, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Cheesy Green Eggs

Baby spinach is a great green to hide in lots of savory foods because it wilts so easily. You can often get it to blend into the background and Tiny Tasters will never know it’s there. In this case the spinach highlights playfully with its bright green color.  At my house I’ll occasionally serve this with bacon and we call them “Green Eggs and Ham”! INGREDIENTS 1 small handful of baby spinach 1/4 cup milk 2 eggs 1 egg white 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese salt and pepper DIRECTIONS Place milk...

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