Want the kids to focus? Focus on breakfast.

What if there was a way to help kids improve their concentration and stay more focused at school? Even better, one that didn’t involve a lot of supervision or constant reminders. Sound too good to be true? Well, look no further than your kitchen. Studies show that the secret weapon is breakfast. But not just any breakfast. The best breakfast for kids is one that’s rich in protein. Not only can protein help kids concentrate at school, it also helps their hair, bones and teeth grow healthy and strong.

There’s more good news. The benefits of breakfasts like these stretch well beyond the school day. Getting kids started on a routine of healthy habits like this can lay the groundwork for a lifetime of good nutrition. One important lesson, though, is that when it comes to delivering all these benefits, not all protein foods are the same.

Milk, for instance, is a great, fully natural way to deliver more of the benefits of protein (along with a host of other essential nutrients). Milk contains two different types of protein: whey (20 percent) and casein (80 percent). Both these high-quality proteins contain plenty of all the essential amino acids needed to build strong muscles. Plant-based proteins like beans and peas, while good in other ways, aren’t complete proteins.

Fortunately, reaping all these rewards doesn’t need to be a chore—the last thing you need added to your plate in the morning. So here are some breakfasts ideas that will get the kids up and running (or learning), without slowing you down. Even if you don’t get to eat them yourself—these recipes are proof that not only do such breakfasts exist, getting them to your breakfast table is easy as 1-2-3.

PB&J Protein Power Muffins
Start the morning with a bit of nostalgia (not that the kids will notice). Paired with an 8-ounce glass of milk, each PB&J muffin delivers 25 grams of protein. Though honestly, you had me at PB&J…

Homemade Pop Pastries
Here’s proof that even a breakfast icon be improved upon when re-imagined with real, honest to goodness ingredients like strawberries. Who would’ve thought?

Apple Cinnamon Whole Grain Pancake Muffins
Make all those I want muffins vs. I want pancakes battles a thing of the past. This wholesome treat is a sure-fire mash-up of two of breakfast’s greatest hits.

Protein Power Huevos Rancheros
Eggs, turkey sausage, cheese. This only sounds too good to be good for you. Try them with an 8-ounce glass of milk and start the day with 30 terrific grams of protein.

Monster Breakfast Pizza Recipe
Who wouldn’t want to wake up to pizza for breakfast? Make the fantasy come true in a way that’s healthy and still, to be honest, a treat.


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