Long has it been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We need to get a good start after 6-8 hours of sleep. Not only that, when kids head to school they can’t snack throughout the morning so getting something good for that start is even more important.
It’s a challenge to get the right food in our kids, especially in the morning. However, if you ask any teacher, they will tell you when kids have sugary foods in the morning, it makes for a nightmare. Usually, there is very high energy level followed by a crash. The same holds true for lunch. I know how I feel when I don’t eat the best, whether it is breakfast or lunch. I also know how I feel when I have a great meal, packed with whole food! That is night and day!
The problem with breakfast is we believe the cereal companies when they advertise that their particular cereal is full of nutrients and will give energy. You have to read the label to find out how much sugar they get in there. Cereal today is very different than it was 20 years ago. You can tell just by the size of the aisle that houses the, probably, hundred different kinds. I would challenge parents to try something different for 30 days. Make your kids a scrambled egg with a bowl of fruit for breakfast and see first hand the change. Make their lunch for those 30 days to take along. Get some good protein along with a piece of fruit. I bet there would be more than one teacher make a comment about how different behavior is. I’m not just talking about bad behavior. Their energy level will change along with their focus. You will be shocked!
Until next time…