Pizza? For breakfast? It may not sound like the healthiest choice for your growing child, but if made the right way, eating pizza in the morning can actually help give your child the nutritional daily value he or she needs to grow healthy and strong—not to mention it can also give your child the nutrients he or she needs to help cultivate one of the most important organs in his or her body: the brain. And specifically catering to the brain is extremely important. Your child’s ability to learn, retain information, be alert and be an overall better student can significantly increase. That said, stacking your child’s pizza with healthy “brain” foods such as scrambled eggs (which are loaded with brain-supporting omega-3 and B-vitamins which are needed to build more memory stem cells) and cooked spinach (packed with phytonutrients your body needs for mental clarity) can really help satisfy your child’s brain and grumbling tummy. Below is our own take on Betty Crocker’s whole wheat English muffin breakfast pizzas. Yields 4 pizzas.
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- 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 eggs
- 1 tablespoons of water
- 1/2 cup of frozen spinach
- 2 whole wheat English muffins, split
- 1/4 cup reduced-fat grated cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup of garden salsa (optional)
Directions: Defrost frozen spinach according to the package, making sure to squeeze out any excess moisture. Set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, vigorously whisk the eggs and water together. The combination of water and whisking helps get more air in the mixture which will make the eggs fluffier when they cook. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Set to the side. On medium heat, pour the olive oil into the frying pan. Pour in the egg mixture. Mix in the spinach. Make sure to flip contents until the eggs are fully cooked. Meanwhile, toast the English muffins. Pour the garden salsa on each slice. Then add a layer of warm egg mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
If your child isn’t too fond of spinach, there are other pizza toppings that can help aid in cognitive function as well, such as red bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, sliced roma tomatoes, lean ground turkey sausage and avocado slices.
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