Posted July 5, 2011on:
There is clear evidence that eating breakfast is important to brain and body. “Breakfast jumpstarts the brain and keeps children alert for the day. Eating breakfast is important for everyone, but is especially so for children and adolescents. Children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the playground, with better concentration, problem-solving skills, and eye-hand coordination.” American Dietetic Association.
Pediatricians, schools, homes and health awareness advocates resoundingly agree that children who start the day with breakfast are ready to take on the day’s activities and challenges. But, in a busy summer lifestyle breakfast is often hurried, loaded with empty calories or simply skipped. As adults sip coffee at the table or in the car, children often munch on donuts or other quick sweets.
Fast food chains and restaurants now offer alternatives to syrupy, gooey or greasy breakfast choices. There are multi-grain options for favorite breads, bagels and crackers. Single serving containers of nutritious breakfast classics are available at grocery stores. This is the result of an informed population but also the ever increasing concern of childhood obesity and lack of physical activity. Healthy habits start very young and last a life time.
So are you busy this summer with children who are on the go?
Don’t skip breakfast! Be creative and try these ideas:
Survey your children- Buy fresh, seasonal fruit- Plan for breakfast every day
Breakfast Food Ideas: p.b.& j. sandwiches, cream cheese and jelly sandwiches, ham & cheese roll-ups, cheese sticks, yogurt with fruit or crunchy cereal, donut & quarter pancakes (make pancakes, fold in half when cool and cut a circle in the fold. You have a donut and a quarter! Eat warm with raisins, berries or peanut butter or freeze for tomorrow), fruit smoothies, juice pop-ice (pour any juice in an ice cube tray and freeze or buy inexpensive plastic freezie molds), ziplock baggies (reuse) of breakfast trail mix made of cereal, raisins, coconut, berries, small crackers or bagel bites, juice boxes, granola bars, hard boiled eggs, french toast served with fruit cottage cheese with fresh fruit, classic eggs, egg salad on toast, and almonds.
When children eat breakfast they are just better. They are in better moods, they have a better outlook on the day, they are in better health and they are able to use all of their many skills and talents. They are learning a better way to take care of themselves.
“Mom!!! What’s to eat?! – Every child in America
-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director