Breakfast: ‘Breakfast’ literally means the meal that ‘breaks the fast’. It's considered your most important meal because it affects your eating for the rest of the day. Healthy breakfast keeps you energetic and fuelled for optimal mental and physical performance.
Why is breakfast important meal of the day?
Breakfast is first food intake after a minimum gap of seven-eight hours, so it acts as a fuel to jump-start the body. Skipping the breakfast and only having a cup of coffee or a glass of juice is not the best habit to get into. Results also have shown that kids who eat breakfast are more energetic, do better in school, and eat healthier throughout the day. Without breakfast, people can get irritable, restless, and tired.
It also helps to maintain stable blood sugar levels and a healthy weight because you are less likely to overindulge later in the day.
How to choose breakfast for kids?
Try choosing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein while low in added sugar. This helps to boost your children’s concentration and memory so that they would do better in school.
Do not restrict yourselves with pastries, doughnuts or some junk foods alone which are high in calories and fat. Develop a habit of eating fruit, vegetables, protein & fiber rich foods, dairy products etc to keep yourself energetic, healthy and fit.
Most importantly, kids grow up following their parents. Keep that in mind and set examples for kids by not skipping the breakfast.
Important benefits of breakfast:
Breakfast refuels children's brains as well as their bodies. Following are the significant reasons why breakfast should be made a priority for every child.
Breakfast improves academic performance and diet:
Eating breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein helps to boost your children’s concentration and memory so that they would do better in school. Chances are high that children can get irritable, restless, and tired when they skip breakfast.
Eating breakfast helps in more nutritious intake:
Eating breakfast regularly helps to meet vitamin and mineral requirements of the body. It helps to prevent any deficiencies and also keeps your children healthy and happy. Children who miss breakfast will not be able to make up for lost nutrients later in the day.
Eating breakfast helps weight control:
Children who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight. Many researches depicts that those who aren’t eating breakfast means they end up eating more calories over the course of the day. Children eating breakfast tend to keep their weight under control and have lower blood cholesterol levels.
Easy, Quick and Healthy tips for breakfast:
Something is always better than nothing. But do not compromise your kid’s health for time, work or any other reasons. Below given are few easy and healthy ideas for breakfast which can be prepared quickly as well.
Better the breakfast, better the health of your child. Make your child read this: Eating healthy breakfast helps you- to do better in school, to control your weight, to be energetic, to be disease free and to be fit, happy and healthy. (Repeat once.)
Activity for kids:
5. Find five words and form the below sentence:
M ______ B ______ gives us E ______, H ______ and makes us M ______.