We’ve all heard the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, well there is no myth to this saying…it’s true. When you awake in the morning after a good night’s sleep your body has been without food for hours. Breakfast allows your body to restore the fuel and nutrients you need to start the day energized, alert and well nourished. This is especially important for children who are heading out the door for school.
At Kids Eat Smart Foundation we believe that “Good Eating = Good Thinking” and there is a great amount of evidence that have suggested the same. A healthy breakfast can help improve memory, academics, behaviour and attendance. Children who don’t eat breakfast may feel tired, irritable and have trouble concentrating at school. When your child leaves the house in the morning you want to ensure they have started their day with a balanced meal that has provided them with lots of nutrition and a full belly.
Children go to school without breakfast for many reasons; slept in, wasn’t hungry before leaving home, busy households or because there is no food at home. To ensure your children start their day with a full belly have some quick breakfast items at home that they can take with them (ie. bananas, apples, juice packs, trail mix, mini muffins, etc). When that is not possible, encourage your child to avail of the Kids Eat Smart Club at their school. Kids Eat Smart Clubs are for all children and they go for many different reasons. It’s a great way to start their day, chat and socialize with friends and staff and most importantly be nourished and ready to learn. We hope that every child leaves their Kids Eat Smart Breakfast Club with a full belly and a smile on their face.
If your child’s school does not have a Kids Eat Smart Club, contact us, we can help!
Janel Genge is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador