Children who eat breakfast each day may have an advantage when it comes to learning. So shift your thinking to beyond sharpening their pencils to sharpening their minds by making a balanced breakfast a habit in your home. Here’s how:
1. Teach your kids how to build a balanced breakfast
A balanced breakfast includes foods from at least three of the four food groups in Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide:
- Vegetables and Fruit like bananas, frozen blueberries, dried apricots, cucumber, canned peaches and spinach.
- Grain Products like whole graine cereals, whole wheat tortillas, whole grain roti, oatmeal, brown rice and naan.
- Milk and Alternatives like plain yogurt, skim milk cheese, soy beverage and low fat cottage cheese.
- Meat and Alternatives like eggs, tofu, chicken breast, almonds, pumpkin seeds and peanut butter.
2. Beat the morning rush by planning ahead
A little planning the night before can go a long way when you’re in a rush to get out the door in the morning:
- Make sure homework is done and school bags are packed before bedtime.
- Get lunch items ready in lunch bags and store in the fridge the night before.
- Have the kids set the table for breakfast after dinner.
- Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter and whole grain breads and cereals easy for children to reach.
- Keep milk and juices in containers that are easy for kids to pour.
- Stock easy to pack breakfast items like cereal bars, juice boxes, and yogurt tubes for mornings when you need to send kids to school with a quick breakfast to eat on the go.