2012-08-07 13:41:11 by Public Relations staff, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be quick and easy to prepare. With a little pre-planning and input from your kids, you can stock the kitchen with nutritious, convenient choices that will keep them going until lunchtime.
Why is eating breakfast so important?
“Kids who eat breakfast are better learners. A healthy breakfast increases their attention and keeps them focused in the classroom,” said Kate Lorenz, MS, RD/LD, a registered dietitian at the Akron Children’s Hospital Beeghly campus in Boardman.
A healthy breakfast also jumpstarts our metabolism, limits the urge to snack and is a key factor in reducing a number of health problems associated with poor diet.
To keep it simple, Lorenz recommends pairing two different food types – a protein to keep kids satisfied until lunch and a carbohydrate to give them energy.
“If kids eat sugary cereals, doughnuts or toaster pastries, they’ll experience a ‘sugar crash’ as their energy levels fall,” said Lorenz.
Protein sources can be a low-fat dairy product or lean meat, but nuts or peanut butter are also good options. Carbohydrates should be a fruit, vegetable, or bread or cereal made from 100 percent whole grain. Whatever choices you offer, stick with natural foods that are minimally processed and low in sugar and fat.
Lorenz offers these 10 ways to make sure your child’s day starts with a healthy breakfast:
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