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Want your children to make better grades? Try a better breakfast!

Eating a balanced breakfast is important for children to do their best in school.

Research shows that children who eat breakfast are better able to pay attention and perform problem-solving tasks. They tend to have better school attendance, less tardiness, fewer hunger-induced stomach aches and other symptoms mid-morning than those who do not eat breakfast. Children may have better ability to concentrate and better muscle coordination if the morning started with a nutritious breakfast. Breakfast provides key nutrients needed for children to grow and develop. Those who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight. And yet breakfast is the meal that is most often skipped by children.

A balanced breakfast does not have to be traditional but it does need to provide essential nutrients. Choose foods from different food groups. Here are some simple and nutritious ideas:

  • Whole grain toast topped with peanut butter and sliced banana and a glass of skim milk
  • Melted cheddar cheese on a whole grain bagel with a fresh fruit cup
  • Whole wheat pita pocket stuffed with shaved ham and grated cheese (serve cold or hot to melt cheese) and apple wedges
  • Oatmeal made with skim milk for the cooking liquid instead of water and topped with chopped walnuts and sliced bananas
  • Bran muffin, fruit flavored yogurt sprinkled with sliced almonds and a cup of applesauce
  • Cold whole grain cereal topped with berries, peach slices or banana and a glass of skim milk
  • Whole wheat English muffin topped with sliced ham and cheddar cheese, toasted to melt cheese and served with grape clusters

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