A new school year is a great time to create new healthy habits for your family. Starting each day with a healthy breakfast is one of the most important things you and your family can get in the habit of doing.
Eating a healthy breakfast provides kids with the energy they need to stay focused throughout the school day and to stay active during sports and play time. Growing bodies and developing brains need regular calorie intake; going for long periods without eating can actually deprive your child’s body and mind, resulting in learning and behavioral problems at school.
As educators learn the importance of starting the day with breakfast, some children are now receiving breakfast at school. Even if your child is eligible for school breakfast, it’s important to continue the habit during weekends and vacations for consistency. Remember that a healthy breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated; it just needs to include some combination of whole grains, low-fat protein, low-fat dairy, and fruits and veggies. Here are a few ideas for simple, quick, and healthy meals that will keep your family fueled and focused throughout the day:
- Spread peanut butter on a whole-wheat waffle or toast and sprinkle with raisins or apple slices
- Mix ½ cup of oats with 1 cup of water, microwave for 2 minutes and mix in your favorite fresh fruit; add low-fat milk if desired
- Make a smoothie by mixing 1 cup of plain low-fat yogurt with a banana and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter in a blender or food processor
- Have a slice of left-over home-made pizza with whole wheat dough and veggies
If mornings at your house are hectic, try making breakfast the night before or making meals in larger quantities that you can divvy up throughout the week. Healthy Family Fun has several breakfast ideas posted on our website – there’s something for everyone with our Granola with Raisins, Apples and Cinnamon and Mediterranean-Style Frittata. Start this school year off right, by starting each day with a healthy breakfast with your family!