Are you skipping breakfast?

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June 5, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter

It can be hard to find the time to eat breakfast and make sure your kids have eaten before they go off to school or start their day. Most people have heard that breakfast is an incredibly important meal but why is this the case? It provides them with energy to perform well in school and kicks start their metabolize to ensure a healthy weight. Unfortunately, many kids skip breakfast and in turn their body suffers throughout the day.

 The following are a few simple tips to help make sure you and your kids are starting your day off right with breakfast:

1. Include Protein

This is fuel for the children to get through the school day. Some lean choices are ones such as an egg, slice of cheese or meat, low-fat yogurt, peanut butter or any kind of nuts.

2. Add in Whole Grains

These carbohydrates add extra nutrients such as fiber. Easy choices can be whole-grain cereal such as oatmeal or whole-grain muffins, waffles, and breads

3. Provide Fresh Fruits & Veggies

Breakfast is a great time to add in some fresh fruit. Whether it is on the side, on top of cereal or in yogurt it adds flavor, texture and most importantly crucial antioxidants and vitamins. Chopped vegetables are a good additive to eggs and if that doesn’t do the trick, simply try a glass of vegetable juice.

 4. Create a Routine

 The hardest part about breakfast is finding the time. Everyone has busy schedules and no one has an ample amount of time before the kids have to be off to school or their next activity. Luckily there are some effective strategies when trying to make breakfast an everyday routine.

You can get organized the night before and plan ahead by setting the table or getting out the equipment you need to make it. You can even prepare mixes ahead of time so that they are ready-to-go.

The simpler the meal, the more likely it will be made. Some quick go-to meals can be ones such as cereal with a banana or peanut butter on toast with a glass of orange juice. 

Some days, you can’t even find time to sit down. On these days kids can grab a banana or bag of trail mix with disposable juice cartons. Some schools offer breakfast options and this is something you can look into when time is short.

Source: http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6747

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Dr. Wali Gauvin

Kendra Fink RD CPT

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Julianna Yi: Intern

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