Back-to-School Breakfast: 3 Tips to Keep It Balanced
By Virginia Laird
For years, health and wellness experts have advised that eating breakfast daily can help students be more productive and have better focus while at school. With the best intentions of following this advice many parents offer up bowls of cereal for breakfast before sending their children out the door. However, research suggests it can be more beneficial to make sure breakfast is more than only carbs. Although the thought of offering a well-balanced breakfast may seem to be overwhelming, it does not need to be. A few tips to make sure your family eats a balanced morning meal include:
- Consider a breakfast shake
- Make sure breakfast includes a protein
- Fruit can help get your energy going
Consider a Breakfast Shake
If you have a child who is not a breakfast-loving individual, you are not alone. There are many who find the thought of eating in the morning to be wretched. My oldest is one of these people. It can take her as much as two hours after she wakes up to be ready to eat. As a mother, I turned to a breakfast shake to help her get the calories and nutrition she needs to be healthy and focused each morning. With a variety of flavors on the market, you may be able to find a shake that may help your child as well.
Make Sure Breakfast Includes a Protein
For those looking for balance in their morning meal, it is best to include a protein. Research suggests a mistake that many make is to solely rely on cereal, toast, and donuts as a breakfast to get through the day. While these can be tasty choices, each is full of carbs. The body needs protein as well. Adding protein to your breakfast can be as easy as including greek yogurt or a slice or two of turkey bacon.
Fruit Can Help Get Your Energy Going
For those who are looking for more energy on a daily basis, it can be a great idea to add fruit to your meals, especially breakfast. Fruit provides the body with natural sugar and can help provide energy to the body. Adding fruit to your breakfast can be simple and quick. Health and wellness experts suggest you encourage your child to eat some fruit before heading out the door.
Next time you are grocery shopping make sure to check out the variety of meal replacements, fruit and other additions you can make to your breakfast so that it is well-balanced.
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