32% of students skip breakfast before school and this may affect learning and behavior while at school. Elementary school children should be taught the importance of eating breakfast as a way to be more attentive and have more brain power. For quick, easy ideas try breakfast tacos try using 1 tortilla, 1 egg, and cheese, all rolled up together. Cereal and milk are very quick and healthy if kids choose cereals containing at least 3 grams of fiber per serving (this slows digestion and creates a feeling of fullness longer). How about 1 string cheese and 1 cup of dry cereal in a plastic bag to eat in the car on the way to school…no mess, no fuss.
One serving of a carbohydrate type food, which contains fiber, a low-sugar dairy product, and some protein, can really start the day off right. Carbohydrate type foods are fruits, starchy foods (with fiber), and dairy products such as milk or yogurt. Protein can be found in eggs, turkey roll ups, ham, and cereals fortified with protein.
Before the school year begins, have a talk with your child about the importance of breakfast and make a weekly menu together. Keep it simple and tasty!