Surely you’ve heard it said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Our bodies need fuel to operate. This is especially true for kids.
Children’s bodies are growing and developing. They need the right nutrients and fuel in the right amounts to become the best they can be. Lunch and dinner just can’t provide all the vitamins and minerals most kids need.
Scientific studies have shown that children who eat healthy, protein-based breakfast have improved memory, behavior, and test scores. They may also be cranky or restless. As an extra bonus, they nod off in class less.
Jill Castle, R.D., mother, and author of Fearless Feeding – How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School, confirmed that kids need a morning boost:
“Kids aren’t like adults. They’re not able to tell themselves that they can hold off to eat until after school. It affects their behaviors. They just get tired and can’t focus. And for a child in school, that’s one of the worst things that could happen. Adults have this mind over matter thing that kids don’t have.”
Another key difference between age groups is that children sleep more. Therefore, they fast longer between meals than adults.
Breakfast helps kids pay better attention in school and is another chance for kids to consume key nutrients they need to grow, like calcium and complex carbohydrates and healthy fats.”