The Nutrition Secret? It's Breakfast.
This might seem like a no brainer, but you will not believe how many adolescent and college age kids skip breakfast entirely or do not consume enough earlier in the day. Even if your kids complain that they do not like breakfast or that they are not hungry for breakfast...they still need to eat a balanced breakfast. Here is why...
Nutrition Secret - Why Breakfast is More Important Than You Think
When an individual wakes from sleep, the body's metabolism is naturally lower and slower than during the middle of the day. This is due to the fact that our body's processes slow while sleeping allowing our body to rest and use less energy. In order to ignite the metabolism, we must provide it with fuel, i.e. food. By consuming a balanced breakfast, the body's metabolism ignites and begins burning faster than if you did not consume breakfast. If an individual skips breakfast, the body's metabolism slows causing the body to burn less metabolically. Skipping breakfast may also cause fatigue, slowed cognitive functioning, and over eating later in the day. This is especially important when your kids are attempting to learn new facts, complete school work, and study. In my practice, I am seeing kids younger and younger for disordered eating.
Modeling behavior, especially with food, is just one way that we can instill balanced behavior for our kids/family.
SO WHAT SHOULD I EAT FOR BREAKFAST?
Try one of the following balanced breakfasts to help jump-start your metabolism:
• 1 cup oatmeal - made with 1-2% milk, 1T nuts, & 1/4 cup dried fruit
• 1 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup granola, 1T nuts, 1 cup berries
• 2 slices of toast, 1T peanut butter, 1 cup milk, 1 piece of fruit
There are many different balanced breakfast options. If you or your child wish to learn more about balanced eating, contact Girls to Women to schedule an appointment with one of our dietitian’s.