Experts all agree that actively growing children need wholesome food at regular intervals to fuel their bodies and brains. Skipping breakfast means your little ones are going at least 10-12 hours without food, and limits their potential not only for stronger bodies, but limits their abilities to do well in school.
Other proven benefits of a healthy breakfast for children include:
- Better body weight regulation
- An overall healthier diet
- More likely to be physically active
- Improved ability to concentrate and perform in school
Few parents would disagree with the need for the children to eat healthy…but who has the time to provide a nutritious breakfast every morning, right?
How To Build Better Breakfasts For Your Child
For the sake of time, and to anticipate what they might have a taste for, try to plan for breakfast the night before. Also, healthier breakfasts don’t always have to be time-consuming, or made from scratch.
Here are some healthy ideas:
- Whole-wheat bagel, cream cheese and a side of fruit
- Pre-packaged multi-grain pancakes/waffles and frozen turkey sausage
- Yogurt, fruit, and a whole-wheat bagel or slice of toast
- Low-sugar, multi-grain cereal with low-fat milk and fresh fruit
- Whole-grain English muffin with peanut butter and a glass of low-fat milk
- A breakfast burrito with scrambled egg and grated low-fat cheese and fresh fruit
If time is a factor, make breakfast portable, such as sandwiches, dry multi-grain cereal in a sandwich baggie and an individual carton of milk. Or, grab a Nutrigrain bar and a piece of fruit.
Breakfasts To Avoid
Avoid giving children sweeter foods for breakfast, such as doughnuts, pastries, or cereals that are higher in sugar.