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Nutrition Breakfast Important For Child’s Growth

Amy was having trouble focusing at school. Although she has always been an obedient student, she forgot to change assignments and her test scores plummeted. During the parent-teacher conference, Amy’s teacher asked what she ate for breakfast. “Sometimes I eat a donut, but usually I skip it,” Amy said, “It doesn’t seem like a big deal.”

Studies indicate that children who eat a healthful, nutritious breakfast each morning are much better able to concentrate, are more energetic, can grasp new concepts more easily and generally score better on tests. Sandra, a first-grade instructor in Salt Lake City, Utah, agrees that providing kids with a suitable breakfast is among the most important things parents could do.

“By ten o’clock I will always tell who’s eaten breakfast and who has not. A few of the children act out whenever they become hungry, and start getting in trouble. It is fairly hard to teach six-year-old reading skills when she is hungry.”

The best breakfast, like any other meal, consists of whole grains, proteins and fruits or vegetables. Some ideas:

  • Whole-grain cereal with milk and fruit
  • Bagels with peanut butter and banana, or cream cheese and sliced fruit
  • Waffles or pancakes served with fruit and eggs
  • Hard-boiled eggs and toast
  • Breakfast bar with milk
  • Fruit smoothie with some protein powder
  • Oatmeal with raisins or fruit

You should be eating a healthy breakfast, too. You’ll see your productivity go way up, and if you’re trying to lose weight, eating breakfast can help. Maybe you can do a little kid bonding in the morning over a bowl of oatmeal.