Regular meals help growing bodies and developing brains. The ideal breakfast should be a healthy balance of fruits and vegetables, proteins, grains and dairy.
The FDA suggests how to make the most of your breakfast:
- Don’t limit yourself to traditional breakfast foods.
- Offer foods your kids like. Muffins can be baked with vegetables hidden inside, or you can mix a less healthy sugary cereal with a more nutritious cereal.
- Offer cut up veggies throughout the day to make up for breakfasts that lacked essential vegetables.
- Since kids are growing, pay attention to including enough proteins, carbohydrates and fats in the morning meal to keep children full and focused in school.
- If your child is always running late, have healthy breakfast options available to grab as the child races out the door. Great examples include an egg, nuts or yogurt.
- Prepare for breakfast the night before by cutting fresh vegetables or fresh fruit in advance.
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