The old saying “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is true. Research supports the idea that breakfast is the one meal children (and adults) should’t go without. A nutritious breakfast can provide children with about one-fourth of their daily nutrition needs. Children who don’t eat breakfast may not meet their daily protein and calcium requirements.
In addition to providing the necessary nutrients for children to grow and have energy for the day, a good breakfast boosts “brain power.” Studies show that children who eat a healthy breakfast concentrate better, are more creative, and get along better with their peers.
One of my child care kiddos’ favorite breakfasts is Peanut Butter Roll-Ups: Simply spread a whole wheat tortilla with peanut butter, sprinkle with a little cinnamon, then roll and cut into 1″ pieces. Sometimes I slice banana or strawberries over the peanut butter before rolling them up.
Another favorite is Apple Bread Pudding, which just as quick and easy to make as it is delicious.
To help keep your kids healthy, include some of these anti-inflammatory foods in your child’s breakfast. Fruits, low-fat dairy and almonds or walnuts are some of my breakfast favorites!
If your child isn’t fond of traditional breakfast foods, consider expanding your idea of what “breakfast food” is. Pizza, peanut butter sandwiches, and other favorite foods can be part of a nutritious – if untraditional – breakfast.
One of my favorite untraditional breakfasts is leftover grilled hamburgers with pepper jack cheese, while Peanut will chow down cheese pizza at breakfast, or any other time of the day.
What’s your favorite breakfast?