What you need to know to give your child the SCHOOL-ADE advantage
Anytime is a good time to get your child ready for the SCHOOL-ADE advantage. Here are some nutritional tips to enhance your child’s behavior, and performance at school and at home.
An ideal, nutritious breakfast contains a balance of complex carbohydrates and protein. Think grains, plus dairy, plus fruits. Examples of balanced breakfasts are:
- granola cereal, yogurt, a sliced apple
- scrambled eggs, toast, orange juice
- veggie omelet, bran muffin, fruit with yogurt
- whole-grain pancakes or waffles topped with berries and/or yogurt, milk
- whole-wheat zucchini pancakes topped with fruit, milk
- french toast topped with fruit, orange juice or milk
- low-fat cheese melted on toast with a piece of fruit
- low-fat cream cheese on a whole-grain bagel, orange juice
- peanut butter and banana slices on an english muffin, milk
- For a breakfast-on-the-run smoothie, see “School-Ade.”
Of course, it’s what you eat not what you say that impresses a child most. By treating yourself to a healthy breakfast, you model to your children that eating a healthy breakfast gives the whole family a smart nutritional start.
Here is a Sears family recipe for a smoothie we give our children and ourselves for a quick and nutritious breakfast as they are hurrying off to school and we are rushing off to work.
- 3 cups milk or soy beverage
- 11/2 cups plain nonfat yogurt
- 1-2 servings Juice Plus+® Complete or similar multinutrient supplement
- one frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup each of your favorite fruit, frozen (e.g., organic strawberries, papaya, mango)
- 2 tbsp. flax oil or 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
- 4 ounces tofu
- 2 tbsp. peanut butter (optional)
Combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve immediately after blending while the mixture still has a bubbly milkshake-like consistency.
We formulated this recipe based on the principle of “synergy.” The nutrients consumed together enhance each other’s benefits, so the whole nutritional effect is greater than the sum of its parts. I have prescribed this recipe for several hundred school-children and their parents, and we drink it ourselves four to five mornings a week. It’s a powerful performance booster for working parents and school-children.
Because fiber steadies the absorption of carbohydrates and therefore contributes to a steadier blood sugar, we suggest using rich sources of fiber, such as flaxseed meal (i.e. ground flax seeds, containing both the oil and fiber), although flax oil has a more palatable consistency than flaxseed meal. For additional fiber, if you don’t mind a grainier texture, add 1 tbsp. or more of oat bran.
- 2 cups of milk or soy or rice beverage, or 1 cup milk and 1 cup yogurt
- 1 serving Juice Plus+® Complete
- 2 tsp. flax oil
- 1 small frozen banana, cut up
- 1/2 cup each of your favorite fruit, frozen (e.g., blueberries strawberries, papaya)
- 2 ice cubes if fruit is not frozen or if you want a lighter taste
Makes one 20-ounce serving. (approximately 550 calories).