Fueling children's bodies for a busy day
Is it really true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day?
Nutritionists and teacher alike believe that indeed it is important! After 10-12 hours overnight without food,children's energy reserves are low and their bodies and perhaps more importantly their brains, need fuel. Research shows kids who eat breakfast are more likely to be focused than those who skip breakfast. Mums' also notice that kids are not so hungry (and grumpy) after school if they have started the day with a good breakfast.
Like any other meal, a balanced breakfast should include a mixture of foods from the different food groups. Breakfast cereal with milk provides many important nutrients such as calcium, iron, dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals.
Breakfast is generally based on breakfast cereals, fruit and bread. The average breakfast can supply up to a quarter of your daily fibre intake but a much lower proportion of fat intake. Children especially benefit when breakfast is eaten - a healthy breakfast can provide children with nearly half of their daily needs of many essential vitamins and minerals.