Last week we focused on our members and what they are eating for breakfast. This week we are going to focus on what your feeding your kids for breakfast.
It’s a great time to focus on sending your children off to school with good nutrition. In fact, it’s one of the most important things you can do to help your kids have a successful start to the school year. Research shows that morning nutrition is critical to learning, performance and behavior in school. In fact, kids who eat breakfast have better memory, attention, test scores and attendance than those who skip the morning meal.
50 percent of middle schoolers and 36 percent of high school kids skip breakfast. This is one trend you definitely don’t want your kids to follow!
Luckily, breakfast is one of the quickest meals to put together. Here’s some quick breakfast ideas that don’t involve dessert disguised in a box with some kind of cartoon character on it…
See below for some additional tips for getting kids to focus on breakfast.
Breakfast Tips for Growing Kids:
1. Kids can find it hard to make choices when there are too many options. Don’t just ask, “What do you want for breakfast?” Offer 2-3 choices and let your child pick from those.
2. Make sure breakfast comes before screen time. Kids will almost always choose their Kindle or TV over sitting down for a meal, so make it clear that breakfast time comes first.
3. Be a great example! Parents don’t always believe it, but we’re our kids’ number one influence when it comes to making food choices, so you need to show them that you’re making the same healthy choices you want them to make. That means eating breakfast too!