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Friday, November 2, 2012

The Nutella Breakfast Table Fund

I am sure, that fellow parents know how important it is to send our young scholars off in the mornings, with a healthy breakfast in their bellies.

Each and every morning I struggle with getting my children to eat something before leaving for school.   I speak with them about the importance and how they aren't going to learn well if they are unable to focus, due to feeling hungry.  Yet, it is a struggle.  My children get it honesty though, I am not a morning persona and hardly ever eat breakfast.  It is something I need to work on, and it is definitely something I need to improve within my family.

Teachers report positive results, when children eat breakfast
  • 82% of teachers agree that breakfast improves a student's capacity to learn
  • 62% see an ability to retain learning
  • 69% say it improves a student's ability or willingness to interact with other students

Recently a study was commissioned to find out the habits of Canadian families when it comes to breakfast.  What we know is that Canadians are hungry to know how to improve their breakfast habits.  Two thirds of the moms surveyed agree that if breakfast could be more fun, it would help their family eat breakfast more frequently. Some thoughts to make breakfast more fun are changing up routines, listening to music, and trying new fun foods.  

Nutella Breakfast Bars are a great start to the day

Are you like many of the moms looking for breakfast inspiration?  Check out these yummy bars, that may just do the trick.

3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
3/4 cup applesauce
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup trail mix
1/2 cup nutella

Pre-heat oven to 350 F.  Coat an 8x8 pan with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl mix flours, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.  In another bowl whisk together sugar, cinnamon, melted butter (margarine), applesauce and egg.  Add applesauce mixture to flour mixture and mix to combine.   Gently fold in trail mix and spoon into baking pan.  Smooth the surface.

Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. 

When cool, cut into 10 bars.  Spread nutella over the top of the bars.

What is the Nutella Breakfast Table Fund?

The Nutella Breakfast Table Fund is an initiative which will provide up to $100 000 to organizations and individuals across Canada who are championing breakfast.

Do you know someone who is passionate about feeding kids breakfast?

Is your project or organization part of the movement that's getting kids to the breakfast table?  Apply Today:The Nutella Breakfast Table Fund.  Applications will close on December 31, 2012, and recipients will be announced in February of 2013.

The Nutella Breakfast Table is a facebook page where you will find a community to be involved, and be inspired to eat breakfast every day, where parents can share tips, advice and recipes.  



Janet said...

Breakfast is sooooo important! I remember the first time Philip and I visited Belgium, I was HORRIFIED to see their children have Nutella for breakfast - it's chocolate for goodness sake! On talking to the parents I realised that the nutritional value was far more than just a chocolate bar! :) It was odd though - doesn't seem right having chocolate for breakies - but then chocolate croissants are MY favourite! :)

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I am NOT a breakfast eater, but I know how important it is, especially for kids, so I really appreciate this initiative.

Also that recipe looks scrumptious!

2012july said...

I don't see the amount of time to bake the Nutella Breakfast Bars.
Is it there somewhere and I missed it?