A Good Start
know that breakfast is the most important meal of your
child's day? It provides the nutrients and energy
he needs to concentrate in school. Research shows
that kids who eat breakfast get better grades, pay
more attention in class and behave better. Help
your youngster begin his day on the right foot.
Set the alarm to allow 10 - 15 minutes unhurried
minutes for breakfast. Suggest several healthy
breakfast items and let your child choose. Tip:
If your youngster doesn't like to make decisions first
thing in the morning, give him breakfast choices the
Give your child a mix of protein (such as milk,
eggs, cheese, or meat) and carbohydrates (whole grain
cereal, fruit, or whole-wheat bread). The
carbohydrates boost energy and help your child
jump-start his day, while the protein keeps his body
going strong until lunchtime.
These quick breakfasts are sure to bring an
early-morning smile to your youngster's face:
Egg in a basket:
Cover a frying pan with no-fat cooking spray. Tear
a hole out of a slice of whole-wheat bread, put the
slice in the pan, and crack an egg into the hole.
Cook two minutes, flip, and cook until the egg is set
and lightly browned.
Toast a whole-grain frozen waffle. Put sliced
strawberries around the edge and fill with a handful of
blueberries. Serve with a side of low-fat flavored
cottage cheese or yogurt.
Source: Nutrition Nuggets, 2006
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