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School is back in session, which means early mornings and eager students who need fuel for the day ahead. Take advantage of this quick recipe for fruity bagel sandwiches using whole wheat bagels and delicious, healthy fruit toppings. It's easy to make and can be made to order for each child.
If bananas are not your children's favorite then add strawberries, blueberries or any other fruit they enjoy. More importantly, let your children be involved - ask them what fruits they would like on their bagels. This is also an excellent opportunity to introduce new fruits into their diet.
This bagel sandwich is not just for breakfast - it can be served any time of the day. Whether it is packed in children's lunch boxes or added to their soccer bags for a healthy snack before practice, the fruity bagel sandwich is bound to be a hit with the whole family. It's also an easy way to make sure your kids are getting enough fruits and whole grains.
For younger children or snack-size portions, check out some of the whole grain mini bagels available in your local grocery store.
Strawberries and bananas are featured in this sandwich but vary the fruits according to season and personal preference. Start to finish: 10 minutes.
1 small 3-inch whole wheat bagel
1 tablespoon softened cream cheese
2 whole strawberries, thinly sliced
1 small banana, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
Split and toast the bagel. Spread the cream cheese evenly on the bagel and layer the fruits on top of the bagel. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Makes 1 sandwich.
Nutrition information: 300 calories, 9 g protein, 5 g fat, 55 g carbohydrates, 8 g fiber, 350 mg sodium.
Healthy Family Table is collaboration between The MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation and Framingham State College's nutrition program.