Oats: For sustaining energy

A warm, cozy bowl of oatmeal is a kid-friendly breakfast with benefits. The fiber-rich, slow-burn carbohydrates in whole-grain oats supply a steady stream of energy that your kids’ bodies and brains can draw upon all morning long. Starting the day with high-quality carbs helps kids stay focused during their morning classes and activities — and gives young athletes the fuel they need to stay at the top of their game during long sporting events. To jazz up plain oatmeal, mix in chopped apple, sliced banana, raisins, dried cherries or cranberries, chopped nuts, even peanut butter, and stir in an optional 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar, honey, or maple syrup for sweetness (I bet your little guys will love my Apple ‘N’ Oat Cobbler).