By: Jamie Becker, NC State Student and OFL Class Instructor

 This week we featured banana pancakes for our "Power of Eating Right" OFL class. The kids loved the pancakes, especially putting fresh bananas and strawberries on top! Fixing this recipe helped to hit home our message about eating plenty of grains and the fact that breakfast is the MOST IMPORTANT meal of the day. Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day you may ask? Most people who want to diet skip a morning meal, however eating breakfast has the important job of jumpstarting your metabolism, and giving you brain fuel first thing in the morning to help you at work or school.

Starting your day off right with a nutritious meal is best; a good rule of thumb is to try a breakfast trio. A trio is where you combine three different food groups to create a balanced meal. One of my favorite trios is cereal (Special K, Cheerios, etc.), milk, and fresh bananas sliced on top. The benefit is that you are including one serving of grains (cereal), one serving of dairy (milk), and one serving of fruit (banana).

This starts off your day right and helps to keep you going until lunch.

The best diet includes breakfast!! So try a trio in the morning!