The benefits of breakfast and good nutrition are well documented – yet breakfast is also the most skipped meal of the day. It’s estimated that 12 to 34 percent of children and adolescents regularly miss the morning meal.*
So how can you conveniently make sure your morning routine is healthful? The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) recommends stocking your freezer and refrigerator with tasty options from the cool aisles of your local grocery store. Visit EasyHomeMeals.com for delicious breakfast recipes and many quick, nutritious ideas like these that will please both parents and kids:
- Fill toasted waffles with peanut butter and jam for a unique breakfast sandwich.
- Create a yogurt parfait by layering your favorite yogurt, fruits and granola.
- Try the many healthful frozen breakfast sandwich selections, ready to heat and serve in minutes.
- Make a tasty shredded cheese and veggie omelet and serve with precooked turkey sausage.
- Top pancakes with bananas, drizzle with honey and serve with a glass of milk.
- Mix yogurt, frozen berries, milk, juice and bananas in a blender for a delicious smoothie.
- For quick grab-and-go meals, have readily available hard-boiled eggs, string cheese, a variety of yogurts, frozen bagels, waffles, pancakes and breakfast sandwiches and a selection of fruit juices.
Best Reasons for Breakfast
Boosts Energy. Breakfast gives you energy to start your day. When you wake up in the morning, your body has been fasting, or going without food, during the hours you were asleep. Eating breakfast means you “break the fast” and give your body (and brain) the energy needed to function—very important for school-aged children.
Improves Concentration and School Performance. Studies suggest that eating a healthy breakfast can improve brain function, stimulating a child’s memory, recall and learning, and helping them to perform better academically. And there are benefits beyond increased learning – studies also show marked improvements in attendance and behavior and fewer incidences of problems such as depression, anxiety and hyperactivity when breakfast has been part of a child’s morning.
Helps to Keep Weight in Check. Breakfast kick-starts the body’s metabolism, the process by which the body converts the fuel in food to energy. And when the metabolism gets moving, the body starts burning calories.