Breakfast is your child's "fuel" to start the day. Just like an automobile cannot run without gasoline, your child's body also cannot "run" without the proper fuel. Children who eat a healthy breakfast on a regular basis are more likely to stay energized throughout the morning, concentrate better in school, and have a healthy weight.
What is a healthy breakfast is for your child? In general, serve a variety of foods for breakfast. Include at least 3 food groups to keep kids full and fueled.
Sometimes children skip breakfast because they are not hungry early in the morning or they are in a rush to get out the door. If that's the case, pack your child's breakfast so he/she can eat it on the way to school or at school.
Try one of the "Breakfasts-To-Go" ideas when you need something quick and healthy to give your child as they head out the door. When your child has time to eat breakfast at home try one of the "Breakfasts-At-Home" ideas.
|Hard boiled egg, string cheese, and fruit||Boil eggs on the weekend and keep them in the refrigerator to grab during the week.|
|Yogurt, whole grain cereal, and sliced fruit||Choose low fat/light yogurt; choose a whole grain cereal with 3 grams or more of fiber and 8 grams or less of sugar per serving; mix the cereal and fruit into the yogurt at school|
|Fruit smoothie made with frozen or fresh fruit, milk, and yogurt||Blend 1 cup of frozen or fresh fruit, 1 cup of milk, and ½ cup of yogurt; make the smoothie the night before and keep it in the refrigerator. Stir well in the morning and pour into a thermos for your child to drink on the way to school.|
|Cream cheese English muffin sandwich and fruit.||Choose 100% whole wheat or whole grain English muffins ; choose reduced fat cream cheese; spread cream cheese on one half of the toasted English muffin and top with the other half. Pair with a piece of fruit like an apple or orange.|
|Whole grain waffle spread with peanut butter and sliced banana||Choose a "whole grain" variety of frozen waffles ; try all-natural peanut butter (like Teddy® or Smuckers® brand)|
|Plain oatmeal topped with cinnamon, vanilla, walnuts, and 1 teaspoon of brown sugar||Choose rolled oats over instant oatmeal. It's more satisfying!|
|Whole grain cereal with milk and sliced fruit||Choose a whole grain cereal with 3 grams or more of fiber and 8 grams or less of sugar per serving; choose low fat milk; sliced bananas or strawberries go great over cereal!|
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This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.
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