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Healthy Breakfast For Kids: Why It Is Vitally Important
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A child typically goes to bed between eight and nine pm., depending on their age group. For most of them, their last full meal came around five or six with a small snack possibly in between that evening meal and their bed time. Regardless of the snack or not, those children will go at least ten hours without food at all. Some children do not eat breakfast before heading to school which means they do not get food again until lunch time. That leads to cranky, unfocused children and a number of behavioral problems. In fact, study after study has confirmed that a number of the concentration and behavior problems in the classrooms across the country could be alleviated by a healthy breakfast for kids. In some schools, there is a healthy breakfast option which is typically free or low of charge to most families.

A healthy breakfast for kids should not be anything complicated. In fact, it should be relatively simple and appealing. Healthy food does not have to be boring or bland food. You can jazz up healthy foods with a little bit of kid friendly spices or add ins. Oatmeal, one of the best choices you can make for your child, can be jazzed up with a blueberry smiley face and a little sprinkle of cinnamon. If your child will only eat the prepackaged brands, mix them half and half with regular, unflavored oatmeal to lower the sugar content they are getting.

You can make your own version of a healthy breakfast for kids, keeping in mind the easy rules. Number one: it does not matter how healthy foods are if they will not be eaten. Number two: if you don’t involve your children in the decision making process, they are going to resist the efforts. Number three: make sure that your children understand why a healthy breakfast is so important.

The basic building blocks for a healthy breakfast for kids are the same as a healthy breakfast for you: a protein source and a complex carbohydrate. A peanut butter sandwich and a glass of milk are a good choice. A banana and a glass of chocolate milk are also a good choice. Remind your child that chocolate milk is often selected by body builders for use after their workout. That instantly makes chocolate milk even cooler!

Cereal, often thought of as less than perfect is still a healthy breakfast for kids as long as the sugar content is fairly low. A number of the favorites of childhood have been changed so that they are made with whole grains which bumps up their nutrition. However, they are still pretty high in sugar so they should only be enjoyed once or twice a week at most. You can make over other healthy breakfast for kids choices by adding more fiber or nutritional content. Add fruits or vegetables to everything that you possibly can. A smoothie is also a great way to get more of these nutritional items into your diet.


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