06 Feb Breakfast for learning
Breakfast is indeed a very important meal. A good breakfast fuels you up and gets you ready for the day. Nearly half of all American families regularly skip breakfast. Is your family one of them? When it comes to getting your children to school, a healthy breakfast is just as important as sharp pencils gym and shoes.
In general, kids and teens who eat breakfast have more energy, do better in school, and eat healthier throughout the day. Without breakfast, people can get irritable, restless, and tired. So make time for breakfast — for you and your kids!
Breakfast makes your child healthier
It’s important for kids 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.
Breakfast makes your child better
• Better test scores
• Better memory better attention span to decreased irritability
• Healthier body weights
• Improved overall nutrition
Tips for parents
Whether you opt for a simple breakfast or a more elaborate one, any effort to make it nutritious is better than no breakfast at all.
Make sure you carve out enough time to allow your child to eat without pressure. Especially for infants and toddlers, this includes factoring in enough time in the morning’s schedule to allow for both assisted- and self-feeding.
Fix breakfast before bedtime
In other words, plan ahead. As with just about all other aspects of feeding your child, a little advance planning can go a long way toward having a wider range of healthy foods on hand.
Broaden your horizons
You’ll certainly want to keep safety in mind when figuring out what’s age-appropriate to offer your child for breakfast, but don’t let yourself be constrained by artificially imposed labels to determine what is good to serve for a morning meal. Think protein, think fruits and vegetables, and think outside the box when it comes to expanding your breakfast horizons beyond just breakfast cereals and milk.
If the reality of your schedule is such that you and your kids routinely run out the door with no time to spare in the morning, then try stocking up on a variety of nutritious foods that you can prepare and prepackage for healthier grab-and-go convenience. In addition to hard-boiled eggs, consider other fast favorites like sliced apples, homemade muffins, or a bagel with low-fat cream cheese.
Breaking the Fast is Healthy
In reality however, skipping breakfast is more likely to cause weight gain than it is to prevent it. A 2008 study in the journal Pediatrics found that adolescents who ate breakfast daily had a lower body mass index than teens who never ate breakfast or only on occasion. Children who eat breakfast are generally in better health overall, a fact that may be attributed to the types of food often associated with the morning meal. Breakfast provides a golden opportunity to fortify your teen with nutrients that can easily fall by the wayside the rest of the day. Breakfast is also an opportunity to feed your child bone building calcium and vitamin D. Kids enter their peak bone building years in adolescence and continue building bone into their early 20s. Although vitamin D is best known for its role in promoting the absorption of calcium, new studies show vitamin D may also boost immunity and help prevent infections, autoimmune diseases, cancer and diabetes.
Breakfast Ideas for parents
Just like with other meals, try to serve a variety of foods, including:
• grains ( make at least half your grains whole grains)
• protein (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dry beans, nuts, and seeds)
• dairy products (low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese, and yogurt)
As parents you can think over many more ideas to keep your children healthy.
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