Healthy Kids Have Healthy Breakfasts
Mom was right, AGAIN: Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Literally breaking the nighttime fast, it gives you energy to start a new day and is linked to many health benefits, including weight control and improved performance.
Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast (as opposed to the kind containing doughnuts or sugary cereal) can help give you:
- A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals
- Improved concentration and performance in the classroom
- More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity
- Lower cholesterol levels
Eating breakfast is important for everyone, but it is especially so for children and adolescents. Studies show children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the playground, with better concentration, problem-solving skills, and eye-hand coordination.
Although it may seem odd that eating a healthy breakfast helps with weight control, a multitude of studies confirms this fact. Having a substantial breakfast may make it less likely that you will snack. (Have you heard? The bigger the snacks, the bigger the slacks!) By starting your day with a good food choice, you may be inspired to additional healthy food decision making.
So, what is a GOOD breakfast? Start with a healthy dose of protein (bacon, ham, sausage, eggs) with some good fats (avocado, nuts, olives, coconut oil) and some good carbs such as vegies (easy to throw some spinach in an omelet or protein shake) or fruit. The fat and protein will help keep you full until lunchtime rolls around and the carbs will elevate your blood sugar in a healthy way and provide fiber.
What is a BAD breakfast? Donuts, bagels or toast by themselves, sugary cereal, high sugar Starbucks drinks, etc.
GOOD breakfast = Better performance!