Created by A&P’s Corporate Dietitian Jacqueline Gomes, RD, MBA
Kids are going back to school, and that means getting them up earlier and trying to get them to eat breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Research has shown that children who regularly eat breakfast have better test scores, better behavior and are less hyperactive than children who skip breakfast.
Here are tips and ideas for easy and healthy breakfasts:
- Shake It Up! Studies show that children are not drinking enough milk to meet their needs for calcium and Vitamin D which is important for growth and development. Breakfast drinks, such as Carnation Instant Breakfast, are a great choice and are easy to make. Just open a packet and pour eight ounces of 1% milk into a shaker. Drinking a meal may be even faster than sitting down to a traditional one!
- Make-Ahead Parfaits. Keep pre-prepared parfaits refrigerated and hand them to your children, as they’re running out the door. All you need is an eight-ounce plastic container with a lid, your child’s favorite yogurt, whole grain cereal, and a handful of berries.
- Mini Sandwich On the Go. Send your child off with a turkey and cheese sandwich on a whole-wheat mini bagel. After all, kids love anything “mini!” Just wrap it in a napkin and aluminum foil to hold it together.
Some additional delicious, nutritious and super-fast breakfast ideas:
- A whole grain English muffin with peanut butter and apple slices
- Hard boiled eggs that are stored in the refrigerator
- Good old-fashioned cold cereal, especially whole grain with at least three grams of fiber per serving
- A cheese quesadilla for a healthy meal that breaks up the monotony of breakfast
- Eating breakfast is a habit that must be formed at a young age.
Keep three things in mind:
- Try getting your child up 15 minutes earlier to encourage breakfast.
- Keep it simple …. A portable breakfast, such as a fruit smoothie, is a healthy start to the day.
- A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is better than nothing at all.
Founded in 1859, A&P is one of the nation’s first supermarket chains. The Company operates 320 stores in six states under the following trade names: A&P, Best Cellars, Food Basics, The Food Emporium, Pathmark, Superfresh and Waldbaum’s.