A lot of studies and research has shown that kids who eat breakfast perform better in school and have a healthier diet. Eating a healthy breakfast will help promote the proper growth and maximize school performance as well. However many children admit that they are not eating breakfast.
For many of us breakfast has become the victim of the morning time crunch. As we strive to get the kids out the door so we can get ourselves to work we neglect the importance of this meal.
First and foremost it is important for us to set a good example for our children and that means grabbing more than a coffee on your way out the door. If you want your family to have a healthy start to their day it will mean making some changes and ensuring you are setting a proper example.
Even though you may be tempted to skip breakfast, you can simplify your morning routine by following these 8 tips:
- Finish homework and pack school bags at night.
- Decide on what your children will wear to school before you go to bed and locate and set out all necessary items, including shoes, coats, hats and mittens.
- In the morning, get up 15 minutes earlier to allow for time to sit down and eat together as a family.
- Give up computer games, checking your email, reading the newspaper and the morning television.
- Have healthy and quick foods on hand such as yogurts, whole grain breads for toast, cereals and quick to prepare oatmeal packages. I also suggest shopping for breakfast foods with your kids and take into account their personal preferences.
- Set the non-perishable foods out the night before. For younger children that are intent on “doing it themselves” avoid the fight by filling a zippered plastic bag with their cereal portion and then they only need to add the milk in the morning.
- Teach them how and then allow your children to use the microwave and/or toaster, many healthy and nutritious breakfast foods can be prepared in under 5 minutes.
- If you drive them and you are still strapped for time, consider allowing your kids to eat in the car or on the way to school.
Following these 8 tips will make it easier to fit in a breakfast each and every day. Also, remember there are several foods that you can eat for breakfast that many people don’t consider such as leftover pizza from the night before and usual lunch time sandwiches, Most breakfast foods are a snap to prepare, and won’t take you but a few minutes, if you just make the time.
The next time you are in a hurry in the morning, remember that you are probably about to skip the most important meal of the day. More importantly what example are you setting for your children?