Thursday, Oct. 12 is National Farmers Day, and I’m honored to have a day to recognize my career choice — dairy farmer.
As mother of three children, I take great pride in caring for the cows on our farm that produce milk for our communities. That same milk also nourishes my children because I know the importance of keeping them fueled throughout the day, starting with breakfast.
Amidst the flurry of back-to-school and fall activities, it’s essential to take time for a healthy breakfast — to feed our kids’ minds and bodies. Eating breakfast helps them think, learn, pay attention and ultimately, be more successful in school.
Dairy is our family’s breakfast staple — whether in a glass, poured over cereal, or mixed with fruit in a smoothie. Milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy foods are rich in nutrients and critical for your child’s growth and development.
As a dairy farmer, I am proud to give my children wholesome dairy-inspired breakfasts. But just like other mothers, I’m not without challenges when it comes to getting my children to eat healthy. I have found they are more likely to eat breakfast when I put a creative spin on a nutritious dish or a classic dessert.
In place of ice cream, use vanilla yogurt scooped on top of a split banana. Kids will have fun topping with berries, nuts and even mini chocolate chips.
This five-minute breakfast is easy enough for them to create in the morning before they get on the school bus, and you’ll feel good knowing they have downed a healthful meal to start the day.
I encourage everyone — not just kids — to try it and see if it makes your life easier in the morning. Enjoy!