Introduction to breakfast
Studies have shown that it is important for all people to eat a nutritious breakfast. This is especially true for children who attend school and need to be focused and active all day.
However, many times kids and teenagers will skid breakfast, even though it should be made a priority.
Parents must make it a priority to make sure that their children are eating a healthy breakfast before leaving for school. Many do not, usually because they might be running late for school and do not have time, but a lot of students also say that they just do not feel hungry in the morning.
It is very important for people to develop a habit of eating something in the morning, and instead of forcing it upon the kids, the parents need to make them understand why it is so important and how it will benefit them during their day at school.
Importance of breakfast
By the time a person wakes up in the morning, all of the energy that was gained from dinner is used up and a person needs to eat something in the morning in order to replenish that energy in order to be able to participate actively in their daily routine, be it school or work.
Students that skip breakfast constantly can develop serious digestive problems such as GERD or gastroenteritis. They will also not do very well in school, usually, because they will not have the needed energy to focus on what is being taught. They will also not be able to concentrate or participate in the class either.
Children who do not eat breakfast often suffer from problems such as sleepiness, headaches, stomach pains, muscle fatigue, and are often angrier, more stressed, irritable, unhappy, lethargic, and nervous.
All of these symptoms can problems that arise from not eating breakfast will hinder the child’s performance in school and cause his or her grades to suffer as well.
Carbohydrates need to be included in breakfast because they provide the body with energy. A complete breakfast needs to include all necessary nutrients, which means proteins, calcium, vitamin B6, vitamin A, zinc and iron.
It is also important to cut down the amounts of sodium, salt and sugar in the breakfast.
Cereal, milk and fruits is the minimum that a person should eat for breakfast, never less than that. It is important to include as many food groups as possible in the breakfast and to keep it both healthy but substantial enough to provide energy so that the child will be able to excel in school and have enough energy to make it to lunch.