Well its that time of the year again and the early morning hustle and bustle of getting ready for school is back in our lives again. Kids fighting over bathroom time and trying to find that shirt that went perfect with those new jeans that is nowhere to be found. The first few weeks of school are perhaps the hardest on everyone in your home as getting the kids to wake up and fed becomes a chaotic experience and the nervousness involved with the kids going through a new experience (especially if they are in Kinder), peer pressure, even dating that can leave your kids reaching for a few scraps to put into their nervous stomachs because their appetite has been depleted by nerves and tension which are common in an adolescent. While adults need to eat breakfast each day to perform their best, kids need their morning meals so that their bodies can perform at their best, and most importantly to keep their growing bones healthy and strong.
A child’s growing body and developing brain relies heavily on the regular intake of nutritious food but when kids skip breakfast, or even worst drink an energy drink or Coke and maybe a honey bun on the way out the door (keep in mind that kids learn from watching adults behavior and if your grabbing an energy drink and honey bun on the way out the door than YOU better rethink your own breakfast eating habits). We all know that these “drinks” are not too good for our bones and overall health and the idea of a human body running on this is as preposterous as adding this same Coke and energy drink to the fuel tank in that BMW that you lease. Would you really pump a six pack into your fuel drum and expected your BMW to run just fine and dandy? Well neither will your kids bodies. And if your kids end up going for long periods of time without nutritious food, this period of semi starvation can create a lot of physical, behavioral, and intellectual problems for them currently and in the future.
If your kids regularly skip breakfast in the interest of watching their weight, saving time,or just to get a few more minutes of sleep, then they are well on their way to becoming another statistic. Keep in mind that eating a wholesome and nutritious morning meal will probably save your kids time in the long run and keep your them away from the doctors office or even worst the Emergency Room at the local hospital.
Your kids eat their last meal between 6 and 9 PM and they usually will not eat anything else until they arise in the morning say 6 ish. This is almost 9 hours that their bodies go without food and when they wake up they need refueling to get started right and by recharging their brains and bodies, they will be more motivated in just about everything they do. Interestingly, recent studies are showing that kids who skip breakfast are tardy, absent from school and break bones more often than children who eat breakfast on a regular basis.
Preparing a good breakfast can be as quick and easy as splashing some milk over cereal with fruit. This time invested in your kids breakfast is much more valuable than the few extra minutes of sleep that they might get by bypassing their morning meal. Also skipping meals, especially breakfast, can actually make weight control alot harder. Breakfast skippers tend to eat more food than usual at the next meal or nibble on high-calorie snacks to stave off hunger. Several studies suggest that people tend to accumulate more body fat when they eat fewer, larger meals than when they eat the same number of calories in smaller, more frequent meals. To a kid or teen, especially teenage girls, skipping breakfast may seem like a perfectly logical way to cut down on calories and lose weight but they must be taught that this is just not the way to get your day started.
Fortunately for us grocery shelves are bursting with calcium-rich foods for breakfast. Some cereals, for instance, can give you half of the calcium you need all day.
Be sure to include lots of these foods to your kids breakfast to get their calcium requirement:
Orange juice (freshly squeezed and none of that OJ in the carton or Donald duck brand as these are heated to created their desired market placement but the simple act of heating orange juice will kill all the Vitamin C that is in the juice to start out with)
Although this advice if directed at kids it would be wise to pay these words some mind as we all need strong and dense bones.