The fall is time for hectic schedules – but that doesn’t mean we can let it get so chaotic that we skip breakfast.
- Taking the time to eat even just cereal can make a difference in their day
- Families who eat breakfast have healthier weights
- Quick & easy breakfast recipes that will get your kids to come to the table
Don’t Skip Breakfast – It’s the Most Important Meal of the Day
Is breakfast at your house a quick toaster pastry or fast food sandwich picked up at the drive thru?
Or perhaps there’s no breakfast at all.
If so, your family is part of a growing trend that could have negative consequences. A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association reports that breakfast is often a non-meal – 20 percent of children and 32 percent of adolescents were found to be breakfast skippers.
Another study – conducted by researchers at the Agricultural Research Service Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine – found that children and teens who consumed ready-to-eat cereal for breakfast were more likely to have better quality diets and healthier weights.
Breakfast should provide about one-third of the day’s nutrients.
One Bowl of Cereal Can Make a Huge Difference
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Not all cereals are created equal, however, and with entire grocery aisles dedicated to boxes of flakes, puffs, rings and more, it can be hard to know which cereals pack the nutritional punch you seek.
- Understand nutrition labels. Paying attention to the serving size, calories, protein and vitamin and mineral percentages will make you more informed about just what you can get out of each particular cereal.
- Look for options that are a good source of fiber (at least 3 grams per serving) to help you get a jump start on the fiber you need each day.
- If you find yourself wanting variety in your cereal before you finish the box, experiment with additions such as fresh or dried fruit, or nuts, to create even more nutrients.
Breakfast Recipes That Will Have Them Racing to the Table
Now that we’ve established that a quick bowl of cereal is better than skipping breakfast, we want to move on to “better” breakfast recipes that your family will love.
Other Yummy Breakfast Recipes
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Infographic via Kelloggs