Breakfast Boosts Brain Power
Breakfast Boosts Brain Power ~
Although families differ, there are some things that all parents have in common: They want their children to be healthy, to grow and to learn.~
Most of us know that nutrition is important for health and growth. Now scientists are showing that nutrition, particularly breakfast, helps kids learn.
Studies from around the United States have shown:
Kids who eat breakfast seem to have an easier time learning than kids who don't eat breakfast.
*are able to concentrate on learning bullet make fewer errors bullet
*are more creative
Kids who eat breakfast behave better in school than hungry kids.
*cause fewer fights
*are more cooperative
*are less likely to be sent to the principal's office for a discipline problem
*get along better with classmates
Kids who eat breakfast are more likely to be in school than non-breakfast eaters.
Breakfast eaters are :
*less likely to be absent
*less likely to be late
less likely to be sitting in the school nurse's office with a stomachache or headache
Hunger - the Silent Culprit.
For adults, hunger can be uncomfortable. However, most adults know how to deal with hunger. Either they get something to eat or they compensate (by focusing on something else.)
For Children, hunger can be a much bigger problem. When hunger strikes, kids lose their focus. Some stay at their desk and fade. Others "feel sick" and ask to go to the school nurse. And others just poke the kid next to them. No matter how a child responds to the discomfort of hunger, all children lose out on learning when they don't eat breakfast.
Prevent Morning Hunger
*A simple breakfast at home or school can ensure that your child doesn't start the day hungry.
*It also ensures that your child has the nutrients and energy he or she needs during the morning to concentrate on learning, think clearly, and be on their best behavior.
But I don't have time to make my family a hot breakfast.
Gone are the days of Mom or Dad standing over the stove flipping buttermilk pancakes, frying bacon or scrambling eggs for breakfast on a weekday morning. But that doesn't mean you have to say good-bye to a nutritious breakfast.
A good breakfast can be very simple. To be nutritious, a meal should have foods from the Five Food Groups. For breakfast, try to include foods from at least 3 different food groups. Below you will find 10 quick nutritious breakfasts that take less than 3 minutes to fix.
1. Toasted English muffin, peanut butter, glass of milk.
2. Cold cereal, banana and milk.
3. Heated leftover cheese pizza.
4. Crackers and cheese, orange wedges.
5. Carton of yogurt, apple, and wheat toast.
6. Ham and cheese sandwich with glass of chocolate milk.
7. Heated leftover macaroni and cheese with an apple.
8. Instant oatmeal, canned peaches, milk.
9. Baby carrots, mozzarella cheese stick, and a bagel.
10. Tomato soup made with milk and crackers.
Copyright 2007 by Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
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