Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Normally, kids who eat breakfast tend to eat healthier and are more likely to participate in physical activities which help in maintaining a healthy body weight.
Breakfast gives the body the energy it needs for the day after going without food for 8 to 10 hours during sleep.
Eating breakfast is important for everyone especially for children and teens. In general, kids who skip breakfast will feel tired, restless and irritable throughout the day.
What they eat is also important. Choosing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fibre and protein while low in added sugar may enhance their attention span, concentration and memory which can help them perform better in school.
Studies show that children who eat healthy, well-balanced breakfasts are more likely to:
- Meet their daily nutrient requirements
- Concentrate better
- Have better problem-solving skills
- Have better hand-eye coordination
- Stay alert
- Be more creative
- Miss fewer days of school
- Be more physically active
Without breakfast, our bodies won’t get the jump start it needs to operate at their fullest potential throughout the day. Therefore, we should encourage everyone to make breakfast as part of their regular household routines.
By helping children learn these important concepts about breakfast, it will lay a foundation of eating right for years to come.