There is something to the old saying “Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day”
Breakfast is the fuel that gets not just the body moving but also the brain. The body wakes up craving water and nutrition to function properly. A healthy and nutrient rich breakfast is vital to your child’s growth and health while giving them an advantage on their daily intake requirements of vitamins and minerals.
As adults we use the excuse of time constraints and busy schedule to skip meals. Our children have no excuse to not eat properly. Parents need to ensure their children are waking in enough time to have a balanced meal before heading off to school. A meal packed with smart choices is important not a meal packed with whatever. Fruit, juice, milk and yogurt is a simple plan, something any family can accomplish. Donuts and other sweets only offer a short-term full belly. Pack their meal with protein and know that their meal will get them through classes and recess with the brain power and energy needed to have a successful day.
Simple Breakfast Ideas:
Yogurt or Oatmeal with fruit and nuts
Whole grain waffles or pancakes with peanut butter and bananas
Fresh fruit smoothie
Eggs, any style cooked with little fat
Ready to eat whole grain cereals with low fat milk
Let’s not forget those people who aren’t traditional breakfast eaters (I’m one of them). They shouldn’t be forced to eat what they don’t enjoy. Their bodies still require the fuel you just may have to try a different approach to food. Offer items that still pack in the nutrition but are have a different flavor profile.
Breakfast Alternatives: (include milk and juices to round out nutrients)
Cheese on whole grain toast
Peanut Butter on whole grain crackers
Anything leftover from dinner tucked into a tortilla
The point of breakfast is to get kids out the door ready to battle the day armed with power, energy and strength. Studies show those that skip meals often feel tired, grumpy and lack concentration. Give your kids the best chance at school and on the playground by keeping their bodies stimulated and productive.