Breakfast – the most important meal of the day. We’ve heard this message from moms since the beginning of time. And they’re right. People who eat breakfast were more likely to have higher levels of important nutrients in their overall diets, better focus and performance in schools and at work, and a healthier weight status. With all these benefits, why aren’t more people eating breakfast? Mainly a lack of time during busy mornings and for some people, not having much of an appetite in the morning. Both of these issues have solutions, so keep reading for quick, healthy breakfast ideas. Continue reading
Eating breakfast is an important start to your day at any age, but it’s especially important for children. Breakfast is key to maintain every child’s speedy growth and development! Mental and physical development happens very quickly throughout childhood, and a well-balanced breakfast is needed to support this fast transition to adolescence. Even though most parents know breakfast is important, what makes a “well-balanced” breakfast is often not clearly explained. Continue reading
As parents, we know you always want the best for your kids. Keeping them healthy helps keep them happy and successful. You can help your teens stay healthy by encouraging them to eat more fruits and vegetables!
Be a positive role model for your teens so they can make healthy choices. Below are some easy ways to be a positive role model. Try these with your kids and you could get healthier, too!
- Have a fruit or vegetable with every meal
- Try new fruits or vegetables with your teen
- Eat meals together as a family
Your teens have busy lives, so convenience can be key. Between school and after-school activities, you may not have much time left to prepare healthy foods. Packing cut-up fruits and vegetables in small plastic bags will make it easy for your teen to take healthy snacks on the go, wherever they’re headed! Some easy ideas are:
- Baby carrots
- Orange slices
- Celery sticks
Buying produce can seem expensive, but there are many affordable and delicious fruits and vegetables at the grocery store! Here are a few easy options:
- Baby Carrots
- Bell Peppers
Do some of these foods look familiar? These affordable fruits and vegetables are also perfect to take on the go!
Having fresh fruits and vegetables handy when away from home is a great way for your teens to refuel while on the go! Fresh fruits and vegetables help them stay hydrated, too! By keeping easy, nutritious snacks with you, you can help your teens make healthy choices instead of grabbing convenience foods.
For more tips on getting your teens to eat more fruits and vegetables, check out this video:
Want to learn about a fun, easy way to get kids of all ages to like fruits and vegetables? Read all about it here!
Making breakfast doesn’t have to be stressful, make it fun!
Why does breakfast matter?
- Gives your child the energy he or she needs to focus and do well in school
- Provides your child with the important nutrients he or she needs to grow and develop
- Helps control appetite and makes your child feel fuller throughout the day
Here are some fun, easy tips to create a healthy, on the go breakfast in less than 5 minutes.
One rule to follow is always include a protein, a grain, and fruit or vegetable in the breakfast.
- Make a parfait with yogurt, your favorite fruit, and granola in a cup with a spoon.
- Combine a piece of fruit such as a banana or apple with a protein source such as a cheese stick or nuts. Make sure to give your child a plastic baggie for trash!
- Make a peanut butter and banana sandwich your child can take and eat on the way to school.
Your don’t have to do this all yourself. Teens should be part of the process because you want them to develop these skills to go forward in life. Get your teen to take responsibility by:
- Planning breakfast the night before together.
- Include your teen in grocery shopping to pick out foods to eat for breakfast.
- If you have time in the morning, sit down and eat breakfast together.
What are some quick and easy breakfast ideas that your family enjoys?
Do you struggle with finding a healthy drink choice your child will like? Do you find your child spending more than he or she should on beverages before and after school? It is common for children to be drawn to soda and sports drinks because of their convenience and sweet taste. American teens consume soft drinks at an alarming rate- the majority of teens consume soft drinks every day! Consuming sugary drinks like soft drinks is linked with poor bone health (reference). In 2013, the average household spent about $124 on sugary beverages (reference). Continue reading