“Healthy breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” There is a reason this statement is vastly overused: it’s true!
Despite its cliché notoriety, a healthy breakfast is an undeniably vital part of starting the day. This is especially the case with kids, who are still growing and developing – both physically and mentally. A healthy diet is correlated with a healthy brain, which improves memory, concentration and coordination.
Eating a healthy breakfast establishes a nutrition foundation for the entire day. Ideally, this would incorporate some combination of whole grains, dairy, protein and fruit. We provide five delicious recipes below, but a few alternatives for those rushed on-the-go mornings include: whole grain toast with peanut butter and bananas, scrambled eggs and turkey sausage or Greek yogurt with berries.
Starting off with the right foods that constitute a healthy breakfast will provide your kids with the nutrition and energy needed to get through school, extra-curriculars and sports practice. It also keeps them fuller longer, leading to more focus in class. For kids who choose their own lunch at school, a healthy breakfast helps to control their appetite to make healthier choices later.
Children Who Eat a Healthy Breakfast Are More Likely to Shine in School
The plethora of positive benefits of a healthy breakfast are best explained by The American Dietetic Association: “Children who eat a healthy, well-balanced breakfast are more likely to meet daily nutrient requirements, concentrate better, have better problem-solving skills, have better hand-eye coordination, be more alert, be more creative, miss fewer days of school and be more physically active.”
Of course, the perks of eating a nutritious in the morning far surpass the 24-hours in a day — eating a healthy breakfast teaches your children a healthy habit to carry into the future and provides an excellent lifestyle example. But don’t just take our word for it — start building a morning routine for your family with these tasty, healthy breakfast recipe ideas!
5 Healthy Family Breakfast Recipes
Tell us in the comments below, what’s your grade schoolers favorite healthy breakfast?