The bathroom is crowded with everyone trying to get ready for the day, then it's a race downstairs and out the door!....WAIT! What happened to breakfast?
It's the most important meal of the day for adults and for kids! But it's often an afterthought because our lives have gotten exponentially busier.
Breakfast is a healthy habit that will determine how your child will feel for the rest of the day! If they don't eat breakfast they will be cranky, grumpy, sluggish, unable to focus, inattentive. Kid's that don't eat breakfast are also 5 pounds heavier, exercise less, & choose unhealthy foods throughout the day.
Not all breakfasts are created equal! Stay far away from juice, cereal, doughnuts, muffins, toaster pastries/waffles, cereal bars, & other things like that.... though they are convenient they offer no nutritional value and can actually make your child FEEL worse because they will get a huge rush of energy and completely crash an hour later. Protein and fresh fruits and veggies are the key to starting their day off right! Remember, happy healthy kids need a minimum of 7-9 servings of fruits & veggies daily, get a few in first thing.
Here are my favorite quick and easy breakfast ideas:
1. Dinner for breakfast. If there is leftover dinner it's fair game for breakfast. I've given my girls salmon with fresh tomato, and a glass of milk, grilled chicken and yogurt, you name it! Some kids don't like breakfast food, so don't hesitate.
2. Eggs and veggies. Eggs are a snap to prepare in the morning. Add a little cheese and a variety of veggies like spinach, tomato, peppers, red onion, broccoli, fresh basil or other herb, etc..the possibilities are endless.
3. My girls favorite...Smoothies! Portable and super quick. Blend plain Greek yogurt, banana, frozen berries, milk, and 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil.