September is National Breakfast Month, and September 26th (today) is recognized as Better Breakfast Day. For many families, breakfast is a low priority or not one at all. If you think you are saving time or cutting calories by skipping breakfast, think again! Making a healthy breakfast a part of your morning can get you (and your family) on track to make healthier choices through the day and curb overeating at other meals.
Breakfast Benefits for BIG and little Kids
Finding time to make your child breakfast, not to mention getting him to eat it, can be a struggle. The most important thing about breakfast is to get some good nutrition into your little one’s tummy- whether that is from a Mickey Mouse pancake or an egg scramble mixed with leftovers from the night before. For those of you with school-age children, research shows a clear link between breakfast and school performance. Eating in the morning (a mix of carbohydrates, protein, and fat) is linked with helping kids concentrate and do well in school.
Breakfast Recipes for Baby
Because my experience is limited to babies and toddlers, here are a few recipes I’ve used with Joey to give him the best jump-start in the morning! Note all of these recipes have been previously featured on Foodie Babies (posted by your’s truly) and approved by the little mister.
Looking for some breakfast recipes for the bigger kids in your life? Yes, that means adults too! Check out the recipes I’ve pinned on my “Wake-Up with Breakfast” Pinterest Board. I also like this recipe round-up from Produce for Kids, “Grab n’ Go Breakfasts for Busy Mornings.” Who doesn’t need options like that?! And don’t forget, a simple breakfast goes a long way. Cottage cheese mixed with fruit or peanut butter on an English muffin + a glass of milk has no frills, but will noticeably fuel your body and brain to get you through a busy day. Again, aim for some protein (yogurt, milk, cottage cheese, eggs) + carbohydrate (oatmeal, toast, cereal) + fat (already included in the foods you choose) for a balanced wake-up call!
What’s your favorite “fuel” to start your day?