“Eat your breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day!” Why are parents always saying that?
Well, imagine you’re a car. After a long night of sleeping, your fuel tank is empty. Breakfast is the fuel that gets you going so you can hit the road.
- 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.
- Try not to eat junk food like donuts or pastries. Foods like that do not have a lot of nutrients to keep a body healthy and high sugar foods don’t stick around long and you’ll be hungry again way before lunch!
- Best foods are a mix of protein, healthy fat, vegetables, whole grains, fruits and a calcium source. (Some suggestions: breakfast burrito, oatmeal with nuts and raisins, peanut butter smoothie etc and pair a piece of whole fruit with any of those!)
- See kidshealth.org and search “breakfast” for more ideas.