It’s back to school season! Before you send your kids out the door and off to school make sure you offer them a delicious and nutritious breakfast to get the day off to a good start. Research shows that breakfast is a very important meal and breaking an overnight fast can make a major difference in children’s overall health and well-being. Eating a smart breakfast can not only improve behavior and school performance, but also foster a healthy weight.• Start with some powerful protein
o Protein, often a missing component in morning meals, helps children go strong and stay focused until lunch.
o Go lean with protein choices: an egg, slice of Canadian bacon, slice of deli meat or cheese, container of low-fat yogurt, or peanut butter on toast.
Scrambled Egg Muffins
Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 100 Fat: 6g Saturated fat: 2g Carbohydrate: 3g Sodium: 230mg Fiber: 1g
• Add in nutrient-rich whole grains
o Whole grains provide an extra nutrition punch; they have more fiber and nutrients, and tend to digest slower for longer lasting energy.
o Serve kids whole grains cereals like oatmeal, or try whole grain breads, muffins, waffles, pancakes, or rolls.
Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 150 Fat: 5g Saturated fat: 0g Carbohydrate: 26g Sodium: 20mg Fiber: 3g
• Get fresh with fruits and vegetables
o Breakfast is a great time for kids to enjoy produce
o Go with fresh fruit or whatever is in season
o Canned options and frozen fruits are great in yogurt parfaits or smoothies
o Try chopped vegetables in an omelet or a glass of vegetable juice
Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 357 Fat: 3g Saturated fat: 1g Carbohydrate: 77g Sodium: 134 mg Fiber: 6g
• Make it routine
o Get organized the night before
o Keep breakfast simple
o Pack your breakfast to go