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    What’s For Breakfast?

    By Sardar Khan

    This week, You! takes a look at the importance of breakfast especially for kids...
    We often hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Indeed, it is, as having a hearty breakfast fuels you up and gets you ready for the day. Why is breakfast an important meal you ask? That is because it breaks the overnight fasting period, replenishes your supply of glucose and provides other essential nutrients to keep your energy levels up throughout the day.

    Even though, breakfast is necessary, many people skip this meal for various reasons like lack of time, or preferring 10-15 minutes more of sleep; or they don’t feel like eating anything first thing in the morning. Not just adults, same is the case with kids who avoid breakfast by saying, ‘I’m not hungry’. But what parents tend to forget is how important it is to develop in their kids the habit of having breakfast. All you have to do is make breakfast more appealing for them.
    Benefits of having breakfast:
    Kids who have breakfast are likely to be healthier and tend to participate more in physical activities - two great ways to help maintain a healthy weight. Eating breakfast may aid learning, as you are better able to pay attention and are more interested in learning.
    Breakfast also can help keep kids’ weight in check. Breakfast kick-starts the body’s metabolism, the process by which the body converts the fuel in food to energy. And when the metabolism gets moving, the body starts burning calories.
    Moreover, skipping breakfast can make kids feel tired, restless or irritable. In the morning, their bodies need to refuel for the day ahead after going without food for 8 to 12 hours (when sleeping). Their mood and energy can drop by midmorning if they don’t eat at least a small morning meal. Also, those who skip breakfast often consume more calories throughout the day and are more likely to be overweight. That is because someone who skips breakfast tends to get famished before lunchtime and snack on high-calorie foods or overeat at lunch.
    It is important for kids to have breakfast every day, but what they eat in the morning is crucial too. Choosing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fibre, and protein while low in added sugar may boost kids’ attention span, concentration, and memory.
    Making breakfast happen:
    Each morning, serving kids a breakfast that includes whole-grain bread, cereal, fresh fruit, and milk is ideal. But it can be difficult to prepare a healthy breakfast when you are rushing to get yourself and the kids ready in the morning and juggling the general household chaos. Fret not! Here are some practical suggestions that will ensure your kids get a good breakfast before they are off for school.
    The first thing to do is to stock your kitchen with healthy breakfast options. Another thing you can do is to prepare as much as you can the night before (get dishes and utensils ready, cut up fruit, etc.). Also, don’t forget to wake everyone up 10 minutes earlier. If your kids are picky eaters ask them to help plan the breakfast. If your kids aren’t hungry, be sure to pack a breakfast that they can eat a little later on the bus or between classes. Fresh fruit, cereal, nuts, or a peanut butter and banana sandwich are nutritious, easy to make and easy for kids to take along.
    What not to serve:
    Of course, cookies, pastries, nuggets, noodles, candy bars and sandwiches are portable, easy, and appealing to kids. But many such items lack nutritional value and are high in sugar and calories. Read the nutrition labels carefully before you toss these breakfast bars and pastries into your shopping cart.
    A nutritious breakfast:
    The morning meal doesn’t have to be all about traditional breakfast items. You can mix it up to include different foods, even the leftovers from last night’s dinner, and still provide the nutrients and energy kids need for the day.
    Try to serve a balanced breakfast that includes some carbohydrates, protein, and fibre. Carbs are a good source of immediate energy for the body. Energy from protein tends to kick in after the carbs are used up. Fibre provides a feeling of fullness and, therefore, discourages overeating. And when combined with healthy drinks, fibre helps move food through the digestive system, preventing constipation and lowering cholesterol.
    Sources of these nutrients include:
    Carbohydrates: Whole-grain cereals, brown rice, whole-grain breads and muffins, fruits, vegetables
    Protein: Dairy products, eggs, nuts (including nut butters), seeds etc
    Fibre: Whole-grain breads, waffles, and cereals; brown rice, bran, and other grains; fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts
    Go the healthy way:
    Confused on how to prepare healthy breakfast for your kids? Here are some ideas you can try...

    • Whole-grain cereal with milk with a fruit of the kid’s choice.
    • Hot cereal with nuts or fruit
    • Whole-grain bread slice with peanut butter and fresh fruit (banana or apple wedges) and milk.
    • A fruit smoothie (milk or yoghurt and fruit whirled in a blender).
    • Omelette made with veggies served with whole-wheat toast.

    And don’t forget that you have to set a good example for your kids. Let them see that you are making time to have breakfast every day. Even if you are having a whole-wheat toast and a glass of juice or a cup of tea, you are showing how important it is to face the day only after refuelling your brain and body with a healthy morning meal.

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    Re: What’s For Breakfast?

    Many people say that you must eat healthy food, have decent breakfast and count calories.

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    Re: What’s For Breakfast?

    I think count calories isn't necessary.

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    Re: What’s For Breakfast?

    Don't count calories while eating.

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    Re: What’s For Breakfast?

    thanks for sharing its appreciated

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