Breakfast for Champions

If you're going to do one thing to give your kids the edge, do it when they wake. Kids who eat a wholesome breakfast have an increase in reading and math scores, increased attention span, reduced illness and improved overall behaviors. They'll also be less likely to snack on garbage and more likely to have extra energy for a little physical activity during recess. Talk about getting a bang for your buck.

As with any meal, a combination of whole grains, fruits and vegetables and some kind of protein makes for maximum impact. Also note that kids need a whole lot of calcium, so include dairy products into their well balanced diets.

Next time you want them to wake up with a little spring in their step, give this one a try. If you're a little slow in the morning, you can always prepare the eggs the night before and reheat and wrap in the A.M. With red peppers, California Ripe Olives and Monterey Jack cheese, you may want to sneak one for yourself!

Rise 'N Shine Burrito

  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup sliced California Ripe Olives
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 large whole grain tortillas, heated
  • prepared salsa as needed

Combine eggs, beans, peppers and California Ripe Olives in a large mixing bowl. Heat oil in a medium sized sauté pan over high heat. Pour egg mixture into pan and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring and shaking pan occasionally until eggs are well scrambled and cooked through. Remove from heat and fold in cheese. Divide into center of each tortilla. Fold edges inward and roll up into burrito shape. Serve with your favorite salsa.* Serves 2.

* If eating on the go, pour a little bit of salsa into each burrito rather than using as a dip.