The Day Starts Better With Breakfast

Breakfast food is great food! Plus, it can be enjoyed for any meal throughout the day. There is such a variety these days. Just look at the cereal aisle – are there at least 100 choices? Then look at the choices for yogurt, milks, pancakes, waffles, veggies, and fruit. So many great ways to have a good breakfast meal.

Besides the good taste, breakfast gives us the fuel we need to start our “motor” in the morning. It can give us fiber and nutrients for healthy bones, heart, mind, and muscles.

Look at these ways eating breakfast is good for kids:

  • It can improve their math, reading, and test scores.
  • They may behave better in school and get along with their peers more than those who do not eat breakfast.
  • They pay attention, can be better problem solvers, and have better memory.
  • Kids get more vital nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, such as calcium, fiber, folate and protein.
  • It is important for setting healthy habits for later in life.
  • Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast on a regular basis are less likely to be overweight.

Breakfast is good for all, not just kids. It gives us energy and better thinking. Just what we need to feel good as we go about our day. Here are some tips for adding this good meal in the morning:

  • Get up just 15 minutes earlier. That can give you time to eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Add a fruit or milk to your coffee time.
  • Fix simple breakfast foods the night before. Cook the oatmeal and reheat in the morning. Mix up the pancake batter in the evening and cook the next morning. Have cut up fruit ready for the next day.
  • If you are eating on the go, choose fresh fruits, like apples.
  • Read labels at the store and buy foods that give you whole grain, dairy and fruit. Find ones that keep well in the car. This helps when you don’t have time in the morning and get in your car without breakfast.
  • On the weekend, make whole grain muffins with fruit. Then enjoy them all week.

Adapted from United States Dept. of Agriculture and MI State University Extension.

Visit the Four Corners website www.fourcorners.ne.gov for tasty breakfast recipes. If you have any questions, please call Four Corners Health Department @ 877-337-3573 or send an email to info@fourcorners.ne.gov.