The quality of your breakfast can directly determine the kind of day you will have. Research shows that people who have a healthy breakfast on a regular basis, have better concentration, better creativity, and for children, eating breakfast can result in better academic performance at school.
According to Amanda Nash, from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, a good breakfast should have fiber, protein and iron. These three things help with brain function and will make you feel fuller longer.
For parents who have to not only get themselves out the door in the morning, but also their kids, it can be difficult to start the day with a good breakfast. Here are some great ideas:
- A simple yogurt parfait, which is simply whole grain cereal, yogurt, and berries which can be made the night before.
- Oatmeal with dried apricots, berries and almonds.
- A breakfast wrap with egg, beans and veggies; (cooking your eggs in the microwave can be a major time saver).
- Mini whole grain pita with almond butter and bananas, paired with a glass of milk.
- Healthy pancakes, made in the toaster oven. (Prepare your batter the night before: combine your dry ingredients – whole grain flour, a little bit of sugar, baking powder, chopped up walnuts, ground flax – with your wet ingredients – egg, vanilla and milk, beat it up and pop it in the fridge.)
These simple dishes are not only easy to prepare and appealing to kids, but they’re also good sources of fiber, protein and iron, which will keep you and your kids happy and energized throughout the day.