BREAKFAST at HOME:
We’ve all heard that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” often from our moms and grandmothers. After years of scientific research, it turns out that they were actually on to something important.
For kids, eating in the morning is essential for optimal school performance and overall health. Kids (and adults) who eat breakfast tend to do better at school (and work) - and to have healthier weights and cholesterol levels as well.
To refuel and rev-up your family for an energetic day, plan a power breakfast. For most people, time is the biggest obstacle to eating in the morning. Here are three tried-and-true tips for beating the breakfast rush hour:
- Get ready the night before: Set the table with bowls and spoons for cereal. Get out a pan for pancakes or a blender for smoothies. Slice up some fruit and cheese.
- Keep it real simple: Fancy breakfasts are wonderful when you have the time. On busy days, a sandwich, a slice of leftover pizza, or a yogurt with fruit work just fine.
- Pack it to-go: If there’s no time to eat at home, take your nutrition to-go. Pack a brown bag breakfast for the road - or see if your school offers a breakfast program. (Stay tuned for much more school breakfast info in the weeks to come.)