Jumpstart Your Family's Day with Breakfast
Make smart nutrition choices in the morning your key to classroom and workplace success
A nutritious breakfast is vital to a child's growth and development
The first meal of the day gets the body's metabolism in gear, provides mental and physical fuel, and stimulates classroom learning, participation, and concentration--or mental agility and physical stamina at work if you're an adult. "You've been fasting overnight, so having breakfast replenishes the body's energy stores and gets you ready to face the day," says Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, registered dietitian and former spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.
Take the first meal of the day seriously
Got kids? Set a good example and eat breakfast together. Studies prove that a nutritious breakfast is vital to a child's growth and development. Along with contributing to overall good physical and mental health, and enhancing children's brain power, breakfast also:
Begin the day with a balanced menu
There are a zillion terrific ideas out there for nutritious breakfasts. Simply balance the choices, selecting: (1) whole grains in hot or cold cereals and breads fortified with minerals and vitamins, (2) fruit to supply fiber and more vitamins, and (3) protein found in dairy products, meats, eggs, and egg substitutes. Redefine traditional breakfast dishes to satisfy your family's tastes. Encourage kids to help make breakfast, too.
Judith H. Dern, an independent writer living in Seattle, WA, starts her day with a bowl of oatmeal topped with walnuts and drizzled with real maple syrup.