Healthy Back To School Breakfast
Summer vacation is coming to a close and back to school is right around the corner. Use this time now before school starts to get your child on track for a healthy new school year. The end of the summer is an ideal time to practice healthy habits.
Studies have shown that children who eat a healthy breakfast are able to concentrate and perform better in school. Parents and older siblings can act as healthy role models by eating breakfast with them. If time is a restraint, switch some of the morning chores to the night before to ensure there is enough time to eat breakfast.
Here are some healthy breakfast tips for your child:
Make a parfait. Layer low fat yogurt with berries and top with granola.
Pair whole-grain cereals, containing ≥ 5 grams of fiber and ≤ 10 grams of sugar, with low fat or fat free milk. Top with fresh or dried fruit.
Have a special breakfast once a week featuring smoothies, pancakes, waffles, or omelets.
For smoothies, blend low fat milk with frozen berries and a banana (or any fruit) and blend for 30 seconds.
Serve unusual breakfast foods once in a while like last night’s leftovers.
Opt for a whole fruit instead of fruit juice (but always choose 100% fruit juice when splurging).
Written by Patricia O'Keefe Girbal
Written on Aug 06, 2010
Last updated on Aug 31, 2014