By Kaila Stencil, Food Wise Nutrition Educator Kewaunee County
The start of the new school year brings structure back into the daily routine. In addition, the school year may bring some added chaos to your routine. What does your morning routine look like? Do you have a never-ending checklist of tasks such as get the kids dressed, pack the lunch boxes, make sure homework is packed..and the list goes on. Do you make time for breakfast? This is an important meal that we don’t want to miss. We all have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but why? Here are a few of the many reasons why you should start your day off with a nutritious breakfast. First, a nutritious breakfast is the fuel you need to start your day. Students who eat a healthy breakfast pay better attention at home and school. Breakfast can serve as important time with family and it also helps to maintain a healthy weight. Which one of these benefits is most important to you and your family?
To achieve a healthy breakfast, include healthy food from one or more food groups. Incorporating more fruits and vegetables during breakfast is a good place to start. To add more vegetables to breakfast, try adding vegetables to omelets or salsa to eggs. Fresh, frozen, or canned fruit can be added to yogurt or cereal or served by itself! Oatmeal is an inexpensive whole grain that can be part of a healthy breakfast. Add in your own flavor with cinnamon, raisins, fruit, or cocoa powder.
If time is a limiting factor, try a grab and go breakfast option such as a granola bar, an apple, string cheese, peanut butter on toast, or trail mix and yogurt.
What will you do this week to make sure that you have a nutritious breakfast?