Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day Helps Kids Focus and Stay Healthy
While it may sometimes seem like you are always rushing your children out the door every morning to get to school on time, one thing should not be skipped in a morning routine: breakfast. Believe me, I’ve totally been there. There have been mornings my youngest just refuses to eat breakfast, or at least refuses to eat anything with any nutritional value, and it seems easier to give into her. However, I know that ensuring my child gets a healthy breakfast can provide many benefits to her throughout the entire day and beyond.
Ensuring your kids eat breakfast can lead to a wide array of positive benefits: kids who eat breakfast routinely achieve higher standardized test scores and have higher concentration levels. It is reported that students who eat breakfast are reportedly absent and tardy less often than students who do not, allowing them to get the most out of their education.
Eating breakfast also promotes healthy habits and ensures that kids are getting the key nutrients they need. Studies show that breakfast can account for up to 25% of important vitamins and minerals in a daily diet, such as calcium, protein, vitamins A and B6, magnesium, iron and zinc.
The same article suggests that breakfast daily encourages a healthy weight in children. (And with between 16 and 33% of U.S. children and adolescents clinically considered obese, this is a great way to combat that.)
I often thought that cereals were full of sugar and low on nutritional value, but have recently learned that it not always true. On average, cereal provides just 4% of a the average person’s daily intake of added sugar in the U.S. Pairing cereal with milk is also beneficial, considering a recent report shows that teens are more likely to break bones now than they were years ago due to lack of milk in their diet.
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Raisin Bran, Mini-Wheats, Rice Krispies, and Smart Start Strong Heart were noted as healthy cereals (when compared to others) in Eat This, Not That.
And, because Kellogg’s believes in the benefits of eating breakfast, they are giving away a breakfast package to two of our lucky readers. The winners will receive Kellogg’s cereal, a Froot Loops tote bag, Kellogg’s cereal bowls, Lickety Spoons, and a Kellogg’s serving platter.
For a chance to win, visit the Love Your Cereal website to learn more about the benefits of breakfast and review the infographic that illustrates that as children grow up, their breakfast eating goes down. Then, send an email to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org with “Love Your Cereal” in the subject line. In the body of the email, provide us with the three percentages from the infographic. Entries accepted until 10/25 midnight ET. Prizes supplied and shipped by Kellogg’s. GOOD LUCK!!