Kids who fuel up in the morning concentrate better, perform better on tests and have fewer behavioral problems, according to Eatright.org.
If it is a challenge to get your family to eat breakfast, try these suggestions:
- Limit late night snacking. Close the kitchen after dinner and everyone will be hungrier in the morning.
- Prep the night before. Set the breakfast table the night before and put out a few boxes of cereal. Then all you have to do in the morning is add milk.
- Start small. Make the transition easier by starting with a mini-meal of yogurt or a slice of whole-wheat toast.
- Set the alarm 10 minutes earlier. Waking up a little earlier allows time for a quick morning meal.
- Dress first, eat second. Sometime it’s easier to eat after you’ve had the chance to wake up.
- Stock the kitchen with breakfast items. Try quick foods such as whole-grain cereal, string cheese, berries, yogurt and English muffins.
- Be a good role model. Children mimic parents’ behavior, so try to eat breakfast together every morning.
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