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Healthier Back-to-School Eating

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It holds the nickname "most important meal of the day" and Lisa Kadermis, a Sanford Health Dietitian, would agree.

"Breakfast tends to be a really busy time of the day but if you skip it, then you might find mid-morning that you're really dragging, so we want to take advantage of the opportunity," said Kadermis.

Experts also say it's not only important to just eat breakfast but make sure you're eating a healthy one. Containing lots of whole grains like oatmeal, getting a good source of protein, along with some fruits and vegetables.

Incorporating a nutritious lunch and after school snack in your daily school diet is also recommended, especially for younger children.

"Going more than three, four hours without eating is kind of more than their bodies can handle, so we want to help them bridge that gap with some good planned nutrition in-between," said Kadermis.

Some recipes shown on Monday's Valley Today include:

Chicken Salad

1 can cooked chicken or ¾ cup homemade chicken

1 stock celery

2 tbs. ranch dressing

Chop celery and drain chicken. Mix ingredients together.

Pumpkin Dip

1 can pumpkin puree

6 oz Greek yogurt – vanilla or honey

2-3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tbs. brown sugar

Combine all ingredients until well blended.

Oatmeal in a Jar

¾ cup rolled oats

¾ cup milk

¾ cup yogurt of choice

½ cup chopped fruit of your choice

Mix ingredients and store in fridge over night. Top with oats/nuts.

Baked Oatmeal – Berry Banana

2 bananas

2 cups frozen berries

3 cups rolled oats

¼ cup brown sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1 ½ tsp. cinnamon

3 tbs. melted butter

2 eggs

2 cups milk

2 tsp. vanilla

Slice banana and line the bottom of the pan with the banana and berries. Mix together dry ingredients, spread in pan over the fruit, mix up the remaining ingredients and pour over top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

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