Brainy Breakfast

Your mom was right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Yet there are plenty of sleepy kids and rushing parents who are likely to skip breakfast. Sending your child off for the day without breakfast is like driving your car without enough gas. A healthy breakfast not only fuels their bodies for the busy day ahead, it helps them think more clearly. Here are the three top reasons kids can benefit from a Brainy Breakfast:

1) Breakfast helps build brighter brains.

Eating breakfast starts up your metabolism, which can help deliver vital nutrients to your brain. Research has shown that children who begin the day with a Brainy Breakfast have a longer attention span and perform better in school throughout the day.

2) Breakfast promotes better behavior.

Schoolchildren are faced with the challenge of learning to control their behavior. It’s hard to do this if you’re hungry and your blood sugar level is dropping. A nutritious breakfast helps steady children’s blood sugar level throughout the morning. If a child doesn't refuel with a healthy breakfast, she may become cranky and unable to concentrate.

3) Breakfast promotes healthy body weight.

You can’t stay lean by skipping breakfast. In fact, children who skip breakfast—or who rarely eat breakfast—are more likely to be overweight. When children eat a healthy breakfast, they are more likely to choose more nutritious food throughout the rest of the day. Skipping breakfast will make children hungry later and they may overeat all day long to make up for what they missed in the morning.

10 Brainy Breakfasts

1. Whole grain cereal, with a blend of essential nutrients, like Kashi® Mighty Bites™ with low-fat milk and fresh fruit.

2. Scrambled eggs, whole-wheat toast, and a glass of calcium-fortified orange juice.

3. Veggie omelet with whole-wheat toast and a glass of low-fat milk.

4. Whole-grain pancakes or waffles topped with berries and yogurt, and low-fat milk.

5. Whole-wheat zucchini pancakes topped with fruit and a glass of calcium-fortified orange juice.

6. French toast topped with fresh fruit and a glass of low-fat milk.

7. Low-fat cheese melted on whole-wheat toast with a piece of fresh fruit.

8. Low-fat cream cheese on a whole-grain bagel, orange juice.

9. Peanut butter and banana slices on a whole wheat English muffin with low-fat milk.

10. Pressed for time? Try a quick and tasty breakfast smoothie.