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Breakfast. Kids. And why it’s the most important meal of the day!

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?  Is it okay to skip breakfast?  What if I am just not hungry? 

I get tired of eating the same breakfast foods.  I have no time for breakfast.  My kids will only eat cereal.

Do you have these questions?  Or can you relate to the statements above?  Then read on….

YES!  Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day.  Think of the name.  Break/fast.  When you break it down, the word means to ‘break a fast.’  While you have been sleeping, you have been fasting.  Breakfast will break that fast.  It is important that you give your body the nutrients that it needs to have fuel and energy for the day.  You are setting the stage for how your body will perform the rest of the day.  Fill up on good protein, healthy fats and a small amount of complex carbohydrates.  You may find that you are more prepared to work, move and make better decisions throughout the day.  Eating a nutritious breakfast can help you to avoid eating too much at your next meal and snacking throughout the day due to low energy, low blood sugar and low nutrient intake.

I strongly believe that our kids need to have a healthy breakfast every day.  They are growing, learning and playing all day long.  I don’t know about you, but in my house some mornings are a little chaotic.  But we still make time for breakfast.  My kids do like breakfast foods but sometimes they get tired of eggs every morning and beg for cereal.  Can we talk about cereal for a minute?  Moms, cereal is full of SUGAR.  Take a look a the box.  For every 4 grams of sugar that is equal to 1 tsp of sugar.  Then also look at all the other crap. The artificial flavors, preservatives, colorings, etc.  But I know the struggle of getting your kids to eat breakfast can be hard.  My suggestion: don’t feel like you have to stick to a breakfast type food.  The point is to feed them a healthy meal.  FullSizeRenderThere are mornings where my 5 year old son will eat a grilled cheese sandwich and a side of fruit with peanut butter.  He is getting protein from the cheese and natural peanut butter, the healthy fats from the grass-fed butter and some good carbohydrates and vitamins from the fruit.  It’s okay that it is not eggs.  Don’t fight it.  Think outside of the box.  My older kids LOVE a healthy smoothie as it’s super easy and quick while being tasty! Or what about making pancakes with a protein powder?

 

 

 

No time for breakfast?  Then plan ahead.  You can make egg cups, chia pudding and many other healthy foods ahead of time.  Or enjoy a quick healthy smoothie!  There are options.  You just have to make it a priority.  Pinterest is amazing, my friends!  There are many great options for you.   Check out this great recipe!

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Just not hungry in the morning?  Cut back on the coffee.  Caffeine suppresses the appetite.  Introduce small amounts of food for breakfast, like half an apple with a tablespoon of almond butter.  As your body gets used to digesting food in the morning, you might notice a bigger appetite in the morning.

Happy Eating!!

 

 

 

 

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