There is research to back up the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. Breakfast contributes to higher achievement, lower rates of absence and tardiness, increased concentration, fewer calories, and better nutrition for youth and adults. We also know that children learn from watching parents. It stands to reason that if you do not model eating breakfast; your children will not get the benefits either.
Ideally, you want to make a balanced breakfast that consists of protein, fat and carbohydrates. If breakfast is rushed, eating something is still better than eating nothing.
Simple breakfasts that can be prepared quickly and easily include:
Juice and cereal with milk
- Toast with peanut butter and a piece of fruit
- Yogurt parfaits
- Breakfast burritos
- A hard-cooked egg and a bagel
- Make your own instant oatmeal packets… (kids love to make them and they will save you money.)
- A cereal bar or a piece of fresh fruit and string cheese are great portable breakfasts
- Oatmeal pancakes
- Whole grain cereal treats
Leftovers can be breakfast too—pizza, soup and crackers, tortillas with melted cheese or chicken drumsticks can all work in a pinch!