Over the past two weeks AggiesMove has been to Pebble Creek Elementary in College Station and Harvey Mitchel Elementary in Bryan to teach kids about the importance of breakfast.
Do you know why breakfast is the most important meal of the day?
When we wake up in the morning, we most likely haven’t eaten anything since dinner the night before. We need to “break the fast” and fuel our bodies with energy to get through the day. Simply put, we need to rev the engine!
By eating breakfast each morning, we are consuming energy in food, which is also known as glucose. Glucose is the most preferred type of fuel for the brain! By making sure your kids eat a nutritious breakfast, you can help increase energy, memory, and focus. Glucose for the brain is like the gas you need to drive around in your car from place to place. You can’t drive your car if you don’t fill it up with gas!
Pro tip: Try pairing a complex carbohydrate food with a protein or fat to increase energy and fullness throughout the day. This dynamic duo can prevent us from feeling hungry after breakfast. If we are distracted by how hungry we are, it can be challenging to focus on anything going on around us. This is not ideal for young children in school because education is so critical at this time in life!
A nutritious breakfast is not as complicated as it may sound. You can make a healthy, balanced breakfast simple, easy and quick. Most mornings are fast paced as a parent, so quick and easy is the only option.
A good breakfast could be whole grain toast, peanut butter, and a banana. A bowl of fresh fruit with granola is quick option, or you can heat up some oatmeal and add fresh fruit.
As you go throughout your week, try to write down possible breakfast ideas that work best for you and your family. Try going to the grocery store and find new, nutritious breakfast options you may not have always looked at before.