Without breakfast, kids miss a huge opportunity. Studies show that children who eat breakfast have improved memory, better grades, and enhanced intake of key vitamins and minerals (vitamins A and C plus calcium, zinc, and iron), which are important for development.
Double whammy: breakfast skippers don’t make up for nutrient deficits throughout the day. Regular breakfasts are also associated with ideal body weight and better overall food choices, including healthier snack foods.
What to do? Choose a variety of healthy, good-tasting foods. Include at least three food groups, such as a whole grain, a fruit and a dairy or dairy alternative. Think outside the box - pizza for breakfast can be OK!
Try these fun and easy breakfast recipes.
Susan McCandless, RD, LD
Clinical Dietitian, St. Luke’s McCall