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September 3, 2009

Educators’ Calendar ~ September is Better Breakfast Month

The Importance of Breakfast…

September is nationally known as “Eat a Better Breakfast Month”. With the start of a brand new school year, it is important to teach your children proper nutrition from the get-go. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make sure it’s packed with the nutrients your children need to grow. Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight, will have an increased academic performance, and will have increased energy and attention throughout the school day. So what better way to kick off a new year than by introducing a healthy breakfast into your daily routine!

* Less likely to indulge in high calorie foods throughout the day.
* Academic performance is increased
* Eating breakfast helps to decrease overall fat intake throughout the day.
* Breakfast kick starts the metabolism to burn fat more effectively
* Achieves and maintains appropriate body weight
* Less likely to snack between meals
* Provides brain with needed energy source, glucose.
* Psychosocial behaviours improve.
* Gives us the needed energy for the day.

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas…
The following examples are recommended by health experts and dietitians:

* Cereal with strawberries and skim milk
* Oatmeal, orange and skim milk
* Pancakes topped with fruit and skim milk
* Bagel with peanut butter, banana and milk
* Granola bar, apple and yogurt
* Whole wheat toast with poached egg and salsa
* Scrambled egg whites, with vegetables and salsa
* Breakfast parfait, layer yogurt with fruit and cereal

Facts and Myths About Breakfast…

Myth: It is O.K. to skip breakfast because it is not an important meal.
Fact: Breakfast is the MOST important meal of the day.

Myth: Eating breakfast will make you tired during the day.
Fact: Breakfast provides energy needed to start the day off right.

Myth: Students who eat breakfast tend to be overweight.
Fact: Students who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight.

Myth: A healthy breakfast consists of high protein, low carbohydrate foods such as eggs, sausage and bacon.
Fact: A healthy breakfast consists of milk, fruits and cereals.

Myth: Students who eat breakfast have poor performance in school.
Fact: Students who eat breakfast perform better in school, pay more attention
to lectures, are more creative, think better, and score higher on exams.

DO

Talk with your child about the importance of waking up early to eat a well-balanced breakfast each morning. Without breakfast, your child’s body and mind won’t be able to function at their highest levels. He or she will feel groggy and won’t be able to concentrate in the classroom. A well-balanced meal is important for every child, starting at birth and continuing through adulthood.

Sit down with your child and talk about breakfast. If she or he is not eating breakfast, analyse why. Is it because he or she is sleeping in too late and rushing out the door without having time for a meal? Try setting the alarm for fifteen minutes earlier. If your child does eat breakfast, what is it that she or he is eating? Is it packed with nutrients, or is it sugary and fatty? How does your
child feel mid-morning? Is she or he tired and hungry? If so, work with your child to come up with a new and improved breakfast plan.

It is important to combine at least three out of the five food groups into a typical morning routine. For the whole grains group, children can eat whole- grain breads, English muffins, waffles, bagels, flour tortillas, or dry cereal. For the fruit group, pick whichever fruits are in season. In September, try apples, cantaloupe, grapes, nectarines, watermelon, or raspberries. Vegetables can be served with breakfast in the form of 100% vegetable juice or peppers,
mushrooms, or onions in an omelet. Dairy products come in a variety of forms these days, and the nutrients in these products can be found in soy products if your child is lactose intolerant. Try low-fat or skim milk, yogurt, or cheese for breakfast. Lastly, your child needs protein in the morning. Protein can be found
in eggs, lean breakfast meats, or peanut butter.

Physical exercise is so important in your child’s routine. Playing outside, taking a walk, and many other various activities in your child’s day is great for there physical and mental health as well as for socialisation with other children. It makes them feel good, helps them sleep better, and models healthy habits for
years to come. Karate, dance, soccer, and yoga are just some of the activities available to children. If these aren’t an option for your family or your child has other interests, explore them. A walk around the neighbourhood is all your child needs to get the body active and moving!

Credit Sources :
K State Education
Whyy.Org

St Aidens Homeschool

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