Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day for children. After sleeping all night, kids wake up hungry and need energy to start their day. Going to school hungry makes kids only think about when they are going to eat, rather than about thinking and learning. Breakfast gives children the nutrients that they need to be successful at school. Children who eat a healthy breakfast have an improved concentration, a better attention span, focus better and perform better at school.
Here are some quick ideas for busy families:
- Fruit smoothies
- Cereal and milk in a to go cup
- Toast with cream cheese
- Egg and cheese sandwich
- Peanut butter sandwich
- Yogurt in squeezable tubes
- Whole grain breakfast bars
- Grain Bagels
- Warm milk with oatmeal
Prepare as much as possible the night before. Lay out what you need for breakfast on the counter, including bowls, utensils, etc. Place the items where your child is able to safely reach them so he/she can help out in the morning. Your child will do his/her best work in the classroom when he/she is sent to school prepared and fortified with a healthy breakfast.