There are health experts who consider breakfast an important, if not the most important, meal in a day. Research on the topic may or may not support this. Not eating a morning meal, however, can lead to a decreased attention span, an uncomfortable mid-morning slump, and possible overeating during the day.
I, for one, am a breakfast fan, especially for hard-working and active kids. And to get the school year off to a healthy start, here are some suggestions to consider.
- Reach for the cereal. Yes, it is boring but dependable. Nothing is easier than low-fat or fat-free milk, cereal (hot or cold), and a fruit or crunchy nut topping. Be sure to choose whole grain cereals with low added sugar. Let the fruit provide extra sweetness and favor.
- Swirl up some smoothies. Keep the blender out and have fat-free yogurt along with frozen, canned, or fresh fruit on hand. The more adventurous may want to add some flax meal or wheat germ to the mix. Check out Eating Well for some yummy recipes that include apricots, bananas, and kiwi.
- Indulge in a parfait. This is easy-peasy. Just make alternate layers of yogurt, cereal, fruit, and nuts for an energy-packed breakfast. This also works for a quick lunch or snack.
- Roll out the roll-ups. This is another easy and fun breakfast. Put thinly sliced low-fat cheese and turkey on a flour tortilla and simply roll up the goodies. Or, spread peanut butter on the tortilla and add sliced bananas or other sliced fruit. For a quick breakfast sandwich, try English muffins and bagels with the same toppings. Just watch the size of bagel that you use. A two-ounce bagel provides a good base without overdoing the calories.
- Prepare a take-along meal. Juice boxes, whole fruit such as apples, bananas, ripe pears, and bags of homemade trail mix make convenient meals for those days when breakfast must be eaten in the car. For the trail mix, combine cereal, dried fruit, and nuts, and keep the mix in an air-tight container for quick access.
Planning is the key to making sure kids eat healthy breakfasts on a busy, school day morning. Give the day a healthy start with breakfast.
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The articles written by Andrea Wenger, Birmingham Diets Examiner, are for informational purposes only and are not to be used in the place of medical advice. Please contact a licensed physician or other medical professional before changing any health care routine or before starting any diet, fitness, or exercise program. Although every effort has been made to include the most current information, new information is released daily and may cause some recommendations to change.