Why is breakfast so important?
Just like our cars, our bodies need fuel to keep them moving. Food is our bodies’ fuel. Breakfast helps to kick start our metabolism in the morning.
Many people skip breakfast in the morning because they’re not hungry, think breakfast will make them nauseous, or are in a rush.
Breakfast is actually the most important meal of the day because when you wake up in the morning, your body has gone 8-12 hours without any food.
Studies have shown that with breakfast you can:
- Concentrate better
- Be more alert and have more energy
- Do better in school or at work
- Feel better
- Maintain a healthy weight or lose weight
- Be healthier overall and be more likely to be active
Skipping breakfast can lead to:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Weight gain
- Increased risk factors for heart disease
- Likelihood of higher cholesterol
- Higher insulin levels
Not only should kids eat breakfast, but their parents should too!
Here are some quick and easy breakfast ideas:
- high fiber cereal with skim milk and fresh fruit topping
- toaster waffles with yogurt and fruit
- whole wheat toast with peanut butter and sliced bananas
- low fat cottage cheese and fruit
- breakfast smoothies with fruit, cooked oatmeal, yogurt and ice if you’re using fresh fruit instead of frozen fruit
- veggie omelet with whole wheat toast and a glass of 100% fruit juice
- whole wheat English muffin with tomato slices and low fat cheese
- high fiber cereal bar and fresh fruit
- Breakfast tortilla with eggs, peppers and tomatoes
- Don’t forget to drink skim or 1% milk to start getting your calcium for the day
Breakfast does not always have to be milk and cereal or a home cooked meal. Be inventive and have something non-traditional, like leftovers from the night before or a sandwich, as long as it’s healthy.
Try to have at least 2 of the 5 food groups (grains, protein, fruits, veggies, dairy).
BOCES Breakfast Program and Breakfast in the Classroom at Woodrow Wilson
Patriot Breakfast Program