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Breakfast is Important
Children who eat breakfast get a head start on the daily nutrients they need, according to Corrine Montandon, assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.
A good breakfast provides one-fourth to one-third of the day's energy and nutrient needs. So, children who skip breakfast usually fall short of their daily dietary needs.
It doesn't matter if children are preschoolers, first-graders, or freshmen. Breakfast gives young people an energy boost and improves classroom behavior, overall attitude, and mental and physical performance.
Early morning can be a hectic time for households, but finding an extra 10 to 15 minutes for breakfast can give kids a classroom edge — and help them learn a lifetime of good eating habits.
A balanced breakfast should include:
Sweetened cereals and convenience foods such as toaster waffles, breakfast burritos, and other frozen entrees occasionally can be served. But parents should carefully read labels because many of these foods contain high levels of sugar, salt, and fat.
Parents also should remember that they are important role models. Children are more likely to eat breakfast if their parents eat breakfast. For parents and children who must eat on the road, have on hand plenty of breakfast items to eat in the car like breakfast bars, fresh fruit, and cartons of milk or 100 percent juice.
The important thing is for children and their parents to eat something nourishing for breakfast.
Article courtesy of Growing Child.