We know you've heard the phrase, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." Whether it was from your parents, teachers or sports coach, you have no doubt been lectured on why you need to eat your eggs and whole-grain toast in the morning. Now that you're a parent, it's your turn to teach your own kids why they need to have something to eat before they head off to school in the morning.
We get that mornings can be hectic though. Getting your kids up and ready in time to sit down for a proper meal can be a production, often resulting in a granola bar on-the-go and hoping it doesn’t end up lost in the bottom of their back pack. However, in recognition of National Nutrition Month and National School Breakfast Week, we want to share with you some key reasons to teach your kids why they should not skip breakfast.
Breakfast ‘Breaks the Fast’
By the time your kids wake up in the morning, it has been a long time since they last ate. Many believe skipping breakfast is a great way to fight obesity. However, it can have the opposite result. Studies have found those who skip breakfast tend to weigh more than those who eat a nutritious meal in the morning. Further, those who skip breakfast are more likely to graze on unhealthy options later in the day and miss out on key nutrients and vitamins. For this reason, kids who eat breakfast in the morning have greater overall health because their bodies are consuming things like protein and fiber soon after waking, giving it the power it needs to kick start daily functions.
Breakfast Creates A Healthier Mentality
Many common breakfast choices, such as eggs, whole grain cereals and fruit, help the brain function. When kids eat breakfast, they are essentially feeding their brains! As a result, their brain will be awake and functioning, increasing your child's mood and energy levels at school. They will arrive to school ready to participate in class and focus on learning. They'll also be less likely to feel tired and fall asleep during the day. Above all, their brains will have the energy to spark creativity and ignite problem-solving skills, allowing them to excel in academics and do what they love. The psychological benefits of giving your brain the proper nutrients in the morning will help improve their grades and lay the foundation for them to be strong mentally.
Breakfast Increases Physical Ability
In the same way breakfast provides your child's brain what it needs in the morning, it also helps supply nutrients for the rest of their body. When your kid’s brain is energized, it helps drive the energy to assist their body’s everyday functions. Breakfasts that are rich in protein and whole grains provide the fuel needed for an active kid. Breakfast gives energy to participate in sports, play with friends and explore new and old passions. The ability to do these well also increases. Studies have found eating breakfast improves hand-eye coordination and helps kids stay more alert. At the same time, they are fighting obesity and working to maintain a healthy weight. Being active during the day also helps them get a good night’s rest. Physically, your kids need nutrients in the morning to provide the fuel to motivate and energize them.
When your kids eat breakfast every morning, they are setting themselves up for a great day and improving their overall health. There are plenty of great and tasty breakfast options your kids will love. Here is a link to some easy and nutritious recipes, so you and your kids can start each morning off by eating well, to be able to live well.