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Breakfast: The Right Start Every Day
Information provided by the American Dietetic Association: Your Link to Nutrition & Health

Beep, beep, beep wake up! It's time to start a new day.

As you begin your daily morning routine of getting lunches packed, kids ready for school and yourself out the door the American Dietetic Association reminds you to be sure breakfast is one of your family's top priorities each morning.

Breakfast is important to everyone's overall health and performance. It is an early-morning refueling stop for your body. After eight to 12 hours without a meal or a snack, your body needs to replenish its glucose, also called blood sugar, the main energy source for the brain.

Studies show breakfast eaters tend to have more strength and endurance, and better concentration and problem-solving abilities. On the flip side, those who skip breakfast often feel tired, irritable or restless in the morning.

Breakfast is essential to children's health and nutrition and gives them a jump-start on their daily requirements for vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Research shows kids who regularly eat a morning meal tend to perform better in school, often scoring higher on tests. Kids who skip breakfast tend to be tardy or absent from school more often. Breakfast eaters often behave better in school, too.

Don't forget who else should eat breakfast: You! Kids who see their parents eat breakfast are more likely to eat breakfast, too. If time is a concern for you in the mornings, start the day with quick breakfast options, like:

  • Whole-grain cereal with fruit and milk

  • Whole-grain cereal with a cup of yogurt

  • Toasted waffles topped with peanut butter

  • Instant oatmeal with milk and dried fruit

  • A whole-wheat pita stuffed with sliced hard-cooked eggs

If your taste buds just don't crave breakfast foods, enjoy a sandwich or leftovers like pizza, pasta or rice in the morning. Just make sure to start your day the healthy way with breakfast!


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