Your mother was right; breakfast is the most important meal of the day! We all know that nutrition is essential for proper growth and development in children. And, starting the day with a good breakfast will have additional benefits as well.
Breakfast promotes better performance
Studies have consistently shown that children who consume a good breakfast can actually enhance their performance on cognitive tests and in school. Your body and brain need to be fueled to function well and last night's dinner is no longer providing it! Consuming a complete breakfast will improve one's cognitive function, memory, punctuality and attention.
Breakfast promotes better behavior
Consuming breakfast at home or in school has displayed a decrease in behavior problems. In elementary schools, studies displayed when children are hungry there is an increase in behavior problems such as hyperactivity, fighting, stealing, having difficulties with teachers and not following rules.
Breakfast promotes a healthier body
US researchers found that when teenagers regularly consumed breakfast, they were more likely to consume a healthier diet, exercise and have a lower BMI compared to the same age children who regularly skipped breakfast. Studies have already linked skipping breakfast to a higher BMI.
All together, eating breakfast is a habit that promotes a healthier lifestyle. Jump start your day with breakfast!
What makes a good breakfast?
An egg, slice of whole wheat toast, almond butter, a piece of fruit and a glass of low-fat or skim milk
Whole grain cereal, skim milk, a piece of fruit and yogurt
Whole wheat wrap, egg whites, low-fat cheese and an orange
Low-fat cottage cheese, fruit and a whole wheat English muffin