Breakfast 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  How many times have we heard that told to us?
 

Breakfast is a great way to give the body the refueling it needs. Children who eat breakfast tend to eat healthier overall and are more likely to participate in physical activities and these are two great ways to help maintain a healthy weight.

 

Skipping breakfast can make kids feel tired, restless, or irritable.

 

After going without food during the night for almost twelve hours, the body needs to be refueled to keep the energy level up and this is where breakfast comes in.  

 

Breakfast kick-starts the body's metabolism, the process by which the body converts the fuel in food to energy and when the metabolism gets moving, the body starts burning calories.

People who don't eat breakfast often consume more calories throughout the day and are more likely to be overweight. That's because someone who skips breakfast is likely to get famished before lunchtime and snack on high-calorie foods or overeat at lunch.

 

Breakfast Is Brain Power

It is important for children to have breakfast every day, but what they eat in the morning is crucial too. Choosing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein while low in added sugar may boost kids' attention span, concentration, and memory, which they need to learn in school.

 

Children who eat breakfast are more likely to get fiber, calcium, and other important nutrients. They also tend to keep their weight under control, have lower blood cholesterol levels and fewer absences from school, and make fewer trips to the doctor with stomach complaints related to hunger.

Breakfast Brain Power

It's important for children to have breakfast every day, but what they eat in the morning is crucial too. Choosing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein while low in added sugar may boost kids' attention span, concentration, and memory, which they need to learn in school.

 

Children who eat breakfast are more likely to get fiber, calcium, and other important nutrients. They also tend to keep their weight under control, have lower blood cholesterol levels and fewer absences from school, and make fewer trips to the doctor with stomach complaints related to hunger.

 

Making Breakfast Happen

The five breakfast plan is ideal to help you plan nutritious breakfasts for the week, but some mornings might be a little difficult and here are some suggestions to help you organise for each morning:

  • prepare as much as you can the night before (gets dishes and utensils ready, cut up fruit, etc.) 

  • get everyone up 10 minutes earlier

  • Every night, let children choose their breakfast from the '5 Breakfasts That Won't Overload Your Kids On Sugar And Taste Delicious

  • Have grab-and-go alternatives (fresh fruit, individual boxes of cereal, yogurt or smoothies, trail-mix) on days when there is little or no time to eat

  • If children aren't hungry first thing in the morning, be sure to pack their breakfast that they can eat when they get to school.