Kid’s Breakfast Essentials

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For those with children, you probably know how hectic school mornings can be. You want kids to get as much sleep as possible, while still avoiding that seemingly inevitable last-minute scramble for pony-tail holders, gym shoes, or worse─homework. If all that isn’t enough, you have something even more important to incorporate: a healthy breakfast!

A challenge we parents face is that children sometimes want to simply “skip the hassle” of eating a healthy breakfast without realizing how hungry they’ll be later in the morning. Nor do many kids factor in the effect that low blood sugar can have on their ability to concentrate and perform at peak capacity throughout the day. What to do?

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and with good reason. Nourishing morning fare fuels children’s bodies and brains, boosts energy and metabolism, and anchors blood-sugar levels so that kids can function well mentally, physically, and emotionally─all of which helps to maximize their daily academic experience. If a healthy, daily breakfast poses a challenge in your home, consider these suggestions:

Tailor breakfast to your child

Like many adults, not all kids are big morning eaters. So why push bacon and eggs? The trick is finding what works for them, without resorting to other unhealthy options. Consider light selections like fruit and yogurt, a whole-grain waffle, banana, or even a spoonful of almond butter. Kids with larger appetites might appreciate a peanut butter sandwich on whole-grain bread, quick scrambled eggs, or a whole-grain bagel with low-fat dairy or soy cream cheese.

Set it up “to go”

Since time is of the essence for many families on school mornings, soufflés are clearly out. Fortunately, many healthy morning meals can be enjoyed on the drive or walk to school. Tasty, portable options include breakfast wraps, a high-fiber muffin, a low-sugar protein bar, almonds and a banana, or grapes with soy or dairy cheese. Skip white-flour based, high-sugar choices whenever possible.

Make it drinkable

When things get hectic, try one of the easiest, healthiest breakfasts of all─a frosty protein shake. The beauty of this morning meal is that it’s not only simple to prepare, but it’s also packed with high-quality, complete protein to nourish growing brains and bodies. Raw vegan protein powder has many benefits, as does whey protein powder. Blend with frozen fruit and soy, almond or skim dairy milk for a beautiful nutritional foundation to optimize learning and positive social interaction throughout the day.

While there’s a lot to factor in when it comes to raising happy, healthy children, breakfast is certainly a worthy priority. Here’s to energized, well-nourished kids!

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