Granted, it’s not always an easy task. Mornings are usually pretty hectic and getting your child to eat more than a few bites before wanting to play or rushing to the bus stop is a challenge. But a few bites are better than nothing and with a little work you can beef up your child’s morning meal and help him start reaping greater benefits.
Mornings at my house are usually like a game of beat the clock, so I try to organize what I can the night before, enlisting the help of my kids. We pick out clothes, pack lunches and backpacks, and place them next to the front door so that in the morning, good nutrition will be a priority.
I know some families who set fruit, cereal and dishes on the table and put perishable foods on a refrigerator tray so they’re ready to take to the table in the morning.
If you can’t make the morning meal happen at home, send the kids off with healthy on-the-go breakfasts to eat once they get to school. Have your kids help you fill plastic zipper bags with things like a cupful of raisins and other dried fruits and nuts, orange slices, low-fat granola, hard-boiled eggs, cheese and crackers, or other nutritious, ready-to-eat options that they can munch on the way to school.
Perhaps your child also has the option to grab breakfast at school. More and more schools are providing breakfast in an effort to boost academic performance and reduce attendance and behavior problems. Studies suggest that these breakfast programs are working -- many schools have seen significant improvements, both academically and socially.
From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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