Breakfast provides necessary fuel to start the day right

An Apple A DayMany studies say kids skip breakfast, whether they are headed to school or on summer vacation.

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.

Eating breakfast also will help your family maintain a normal body weight.

Send us your health and nutrition questions, and our team of dietitians will answer them each Thursday. Check here next week for more tips and answers to your questions.

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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