Bright Papers: Power Up With Breakfast


Did you know your body never turns off, even when you sleep? So, after a long night's rest, you need to refuel with breakfast.

Breakfast powers up your body and your brain. It gives your body energy to move you through the day. It feeds your brain so you can listen up in class, get your schoolwork done, and even do better on tests. It might even help you like school better, too!

Beginning your day without breakfast is like trying to fly a kite without any wind—it's hard to get started and even harder to keep going. Start your day off right with these quick and tasty breakfast ideas: 

  • Try a cereal mix-up. Combine two or more of your favorite cereals, hot or cold, you pick. Mix in some fresh fruit like a sliced banana or dried fruit like raisins and top with milk or yogurt. Need some step-by-step? Try out our "Mmm Mmmorning Sundae" and "Applesaucy Oatmeal" recipes (see link below).
  • Flip out with pancakes or waffles. The frozen kinds are quick and easy to make. Try whole grain waffles if you haven't before. Top them with syrup, fruit, applesauce or peanut butter.
  • Slurp down a breakfast smoothie. Ask a parent to blend together milk or fruit juice with some yogurt and chunks of fresh fruit like bananas, peaches, pineapple, mango, berries or apricots. Add ice cubes to make it cool and slushy. Or try our supreme "Eye-Opening Orange Dream" (see link below).
  • Grab and go. Before you head out, grab a few of these foods: cereal bar, bagel, muffin, piece of fruit, box of raisins, cheese stick, juice pouch, yogurt drink, mini-bottle of milk or cup of yogurt or applesauce.

Learn more ways to power up:

Eating for Energy

For some excellent breakfast ideas:

Applesaucy Oatmeal

Eye-opening Orange Dream

Mmm Mmmorning Sundae