Posted at: 08/22/2012 2:52 PM

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Back-To-School Quick & Easy Breakfasts

It may be a cliché, but breakfast IS the most important meal of the day!  Treat your body right by getting the nutrition you need each morning to carry you through a busy day with plenty of mental and physical energy.   Jen Haugen, Registered Dietitian at Austin Hy-Vee, will show you three quick and easy breakfast ideas for all ages.

Eating a healthy breakfast each morning can:

•    Increase energy level
•    Boost metabolism
•    Improve concentration
•    Increase cognitive ability
•    Improve your health

Keys to a Balanced Breakfast:

•    Fruit or Vegetable
•    Protein
•    Whole Grain

Dark Chocolate Cherry No-Bake Bites
Source: Hy-Vee Seasons Back to School 2012
Serves 12 (1 each)

½ cup Hy-Vee old-fashioned rolled oats
¼ cup almond flour
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
2 tablespoons Hy-Vee honey
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup almond butter
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
¼ cup dried cherries

Combine oats, almond flour and flax seed in a medium bowl.  In a small separate bowl, stir together honey, vanilla and almond butter.  

Using a spatula, mix together flour mixture, almond butter mixture, chocolate chips and dried cherries in a medium bowl.  

Refrigerate for 30 minutes before shaping into 12 (1-inch) balls.  Store, covered, in the refrigerator.  

Nutrition Facts per Serving: 110 calories, 7 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 12 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 3 g protein.

Balanced Bagel:
½ whole grain bagel +
2 tablespoons peanut or almond butter +
1 banana +
1 tablespoon mini dark chocolate chips

Berry Good:
1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt +
¼ cup Hy-Vee old fashioned oats +
½ cup fresh or frozen (yet thawed) mixed berries +
1 Tablespoon honey +
1 teaspoon ground flax seeds

Sunny – Side Muffin:
1 toasted whole wheat muffin +
1 handful baby spinach leaves +
1 slice cheese +
1 cooked egg

Check out www.hy-vee.com for more delicious recipes.
Top 10 ways to enjoy corn: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/top-10-ways-to-enjoy-corn
Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.  Jen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.