Breakfast is widely considered to be the most important meal of the day. And how often do we send our children to school with little or no breakfast because we are pressed for time?
Breakfast, as the name implies, is the meal that breaks the fast! In reality, children may go up to 13 hours without eating between dinner and breakfast the next day, so imagine your child attending a gym class, taking an exam, or simply concentrating in class without having eaten for 13 hours.
Why is breakfast so important?
Breakfast does more than only provide energy for the school day and satisfy a grumbling stomach; according to some research:
· Having breakfast can have a good affect on your child's school performance; it boosts your children's attention and memory and improves their grades.
· Children who eat breakfast perform better in school and get along better with their peers than those who do not.
· Regular breakfast consumption lowers the chance of becoming overweight.
· Breakfast can help children satisfy their daily dietary requirements. According to a study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, children who have breakfast on a regular basis consume 20 to 60% more iron, B vitamins, and vitamin D than children who skip breakfast.
We sometimes allow our children to go to school without breakfast, blaming it on a lack of time. Breakfast, on the other hand, is the simplest and quickest thing ever! It can be:
· A low-fat yogurt with fruit and granola
· Whole grain waffles with fresh juice
· Scrambled egg with tomato slices and toast
· A banana and a low-sugar granola bar
· Smoothie made from fruits or vegetables.
Start the day off properly with a nutritious meal help set your child up for a successful school day!