On Your Mark, Get Set, Breakfast!

03/04/2013

March 4 – 8, 2013 is National School Breakfast Week, and the Wheat Foods Council is helping to spread the word about the most important meal of the day.

Dozens of studies from as far back as the 1950s have repeatedly proven that children who eat breakfast perform better academically than breakfast skippers.

What’s more, the food students chose to eat for breakfast can be  as important as the meal itself. A healthy breakfast helps provide energy to start the day. One study showed that eating a breakfast high in fiber and low in sugar helped students  sustain the positive cognitive effects of breakfast.[1] (A whole wheat English muffin provides 3.7 grams of fiber, while a bowl of cereal contains anywhere from 2.0 to 10.4 grams. Looking for more information on how much fiber kids need? Click here to learn more! ) Other studies suggest that eating breakfast may help children do better in school by improving memory, alertness, concentration, problem-solving ability, test scores, school attendance, and mood. (Want to learn more about the benefits of breakfast? Click here!)

Because mornings often involve a mad dash to get everyone dressed, fed and out the door in time, here are some quick-and-easy time-saving tips to help you and your family get the morning nutritional boost you need:

  1. On-the-Go Solutions. Avoid skipping breakfast in order to save precious morning minutes. A bowl of whole-grain ready-to-eat cereal, peanut butter and banana on whole-wheat toast, or a frozen waffle served with sliced strawberries and yogurt are three lightning-fast meals that can be prepared with little - effort.
  2. Brown Bag It! No time to eat at home? Throw some breakfast items into your kids’ lunchboxes for a quick meal on the go. A whole-grain cereal bar, an oatmeal-apple muffin, or an extra sandwich all make great on-the-go breakfasts.
  3. Plan ahead. Many healthy breakfast recipes, like these homemade energy bars, white whole-wheat muffins, or whole-wheat cinnamon rolls can be prepared ahead of time, and grabbed out of your freezer on a moment’s notice.

With a little effort and planning, these suggestions can help you and your family get a healthy start to the day, even on the most rushed of mornings.  

Related Resources:

 [1] Caroline R. Mahoney, Holly A. Taylor, Robin B. Kanarek, Priscilla Samuel. Effect of breakfast composition on cognitive processes in elementary school children. Physiology and Behavior 85 (2005)

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