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Breakfast: A Smart Start

Breakfast: A Smart Start

We all know that eating breakfast is important, but it is still the meal that is the first to be squeezed out due to the morning rush. Starting the day with a healthy meal is especially important for children heading out for a busy school day; they can’t pop open the fridge or grab a snack if they decide they’re hungry half an hour after leaving home. A healthful breakfast provides energy, promotes concentration, and supports children’s metabolism which affects their ability to maintain a healthy body weight.

Some children wake up starving while others don’t want to eat as early as they have to in order to make it to school on time. Eating breakfast is a habit that some kids need to practice before it comes naturally to them. To support the breakfast habit in your home, try the following suggestions:

1. Set the table before going to bed. This saves precious minutes on school mornings, reducing rush and stress.

2. Establish a few healthful, go-to breakfasts that require little thought and preparation. Whole-grain toast with almond or peanut butter, fresh fruit, cold cereals, low-fat granola, nuts or yogurts can be on the table in a few short minutes, and many children can prepare these easy meals themselves.

3. Develop a repertoire of simple dishes that add diversity to what can become a cereal or frozen-waffle rut. Breakfast burritos are quick and easy to prepare, and the stuffing can include eggs, turkey bacon, tofu, salsa, potatoes…endless possibilities. They’re warm and filling — a nice way to start the day.

4. Keep pre-made foods on hand that can be served up quickly: eggs boiled the day before, wholegrain muffins, cereal bars or breads.

5. Think outside the box. Breakfast can include brown rice, warm veggies, soups and other items we usually don’t associate with morning meals. As long as it’s nutritious, fairly easy on the body, sustaining, and will be eaten (most important!), why not give it a try.

6. If you’re always rushed in the morning, you might have to accept the fact that your family needs to wake up 15-30 minutes earlier than you currently do. That may seem painful at first, but once you get used to having less tension in the morning, and you’re all leaving the house fed and calmer, it may seem like a small sacrifice.

If you have any favorite school morning recipes or tips for getting kids fed in the morning, let us know.

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Terri Hall

Terri Hall lives in the Hudson Valley with her family. In addition to writing, Terri works with public television and radio stations/networks in the area of new media, and leads workshops on authentic and empowered living.

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2:17AM PDT on May 11, 2013

Thanks

9:02PM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Thank you :)

2:16AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Thanks

2:13AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

I want those pancakes with strawberries NOW :-)

4:27PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Great tips.

10:17AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

6:03AM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

grazie per i consigli.

1:59PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

I don't know why my comments don't post until I follow them with another comment.

1:58PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

I have the same breakfast nearly every morning: protein shake(Whey powder) with added organic freeze dried vegetables added(Spinach, Broccoli Sprout, Flax Seed, and Tangerine Peel powder). I then take a TBSP of expreller pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil and 2 tsp. of Fish oil.

Even if the rest of the day is less than healthful, I have always gotten great lab results at my yearly physical with this breakfast staple.

1:29PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Thank you

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