Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day, but, unfortunately, many people do not take the time to eat it. Not consuming breakfast does have implications. The 2013-2014 school year has started for many and according to research, students who consume a nutritious breakfast experience improved cognitive performance, visual perception, and short-term memory compared to students who do not eat breakfast. Unfortunately, many students do not eat breakfast and in the end, they miss out on the amazing benefits that breakfast offers. With this in mind, I have compiled a few breakfast preparation tips for parents of school aged children.
- Fruit smoothies are a great breakfast option. To save on time and money, you can purchase frozen fruit without preservatives–it lasts a long time in the freezer! You can also use fresh fruit; just cut the fruit that you will be utilizing in the smoothie the night before to help reduce preparation time in the morning. Depending on the age, you can also add protein powder to the smoothie!
- Hard, boiled eggs can be a powerhouse breakfast item. They are easy to prepare, loaded with protein and can be prepared ahead of time. However, if your child has an allergy to eggs or is vegetarian, use protein bars such as bars like the The Pure Bar or Clif bar. Read the article for additional healthy snack bar options.
- Breakfast sandwiches can be quick and delicious. Simply apply almond butter or sunflower butter to a slice of 100% whole-grain bread or pancakes (frozen pancakes work well, just follow the instructions on the package for warming!). For a lower calorie option, you can substitute the bread with plain rice cakes. To add another dimension of fun for either option, top with slices of bananas and a teaspoon of raisins or cranberries!
- Fruit paired with cheese is quick and mobile. Simply cut few slices of fruit, grab a few cubes of cheese and you and your student can be out the door. By the way, if your child is dairy-free, Daiya Cheese is awesome!
I’m certain that all parents want to give their student the best advantage in school. Now that you know how to prepare a quick, nutrition breakfast, you and your student are ready for the new school year.
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