Breakfast is the most important meal

Dear Readers: The old saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is still true — even more so for young and growing children, and adults, too!

Children who eat a healthy breakfast tend to perform better academically and stay more focused during the day.

“Breakfast” means “break the fast.” A body needs some fuel to get going!

Here are some hints:

* Try to plan or think about breakfast before 6 a.m.!

* Plan extra time in the morning to eat.

* Preset the table: bowls, utensils, napkins, boxes of cereal or grab bags of granola, bagels or muffins. Oh, if you have “inquisitive and hungry pets,” put the food stuff on a counter they can’t get to!

Breakfast on the go can be a quick fruit smoothie, a banana or an apple and a muffin. Eat something rather than nothing! — Heloise


Dear Heloise: I wanted to remind your readers that soup is a super way to use up leftovers and get a second free meal. We “clean out” the refrigerator the night before grocery shopping and make what we call “Mixed-Up Soup.” After shopping and restocking the refrigerator, we have soup and sandwiches. — F.W. and family in Little Rock, Ark.

Have you been looking into my kitchen? I like your term “Mixed-Up Soup” rather than mine: “Refrigerator Soup.” Cheap and nutritious, soup can be made from lots of different and flavorful ingredients. For quick, easy-to-make soup recipes, including many from family and friends, order my soup pamphlet. Please visit to order, or send a stamped (70 cents), long, self-addressed envelope, along with $5, to: Heloise’s Spectacular Soups, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. To quickly and easily remove grease from soup, put several ice cubes on top; the grease will stick to the ice. Or put the “cool” pot — NOT a hot pot of soup — into the refrigerator, and the fat will congeal on top. Then scrape off! — Heloise


Dear Heloise: When opening a container of yogurt or dip or other similar foods, should the plastic film sealing the product be kept or thrown away? — Doris A., via email

Doris, there’s no real rule on this. Some yogurt and cottage-cheese foil or plastic sealers say to leave this on. It can’t hurt, and it may help keep the food fresher a bit longer. — Heloise


Dear Heloise: I buy the large bags of frozen peas, corn and sweet-potato fries for various recipes.

To let me know where I am on the amounts, I open the bags and pour the frozen vegetables into gallon freezer bags. This way I can stack them neatly in my freezer, and I don’t lose any vegetables with loose closings. — Pam in Lubbock, Texas


Dear Readers: It can be hard to see salt coming out of the shaker, especially if salting an egg, potato or rice. Mix a little pepper into the salt so you can see how much salt you’re using. — Heloise


Hints from Heloise run occasionally in Lifestyles. Readers may send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE, or email: Letters won’t be answered personally.