Why is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day?

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Now that most children are back in school for the year, many families are getting back into routines. There are early morning alarm clocks, family dinners, and more activities for all children to participate in. One of the most important things that sometimes gets overlooked with all the added busyness is the most important meal of the day: breakfast. But why is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

According to kidshealth.org, breakfast is a great way to give the body the refueling it needs. Kids who eat breakfast tend to eat healthier overall and are more likely to participate in physical activities — two great ways to help maintain a healthy weight. A healthy diet also helps your child concentrate in school and teaches them healthy habits as they get older.

Sheknows.com says preschool-age kids learn at an amazing rate every day. Preschoolers are just beginning to learn their letters, numbers and other important concepts that lay the foundation for years to come. Eating breakfast improves concentration and mental performance. Children who skip breakfast are less focused than those who do eat breakfast.

Now that we know why eating breakfast is so important, finding meals that your children want to eat is the next battle. Meals that are quick and nutritious will be most appealing to your kids. Some quick ideas to try: low-fat yogurt with fruit, egg wraps that can be made ahead of time (Pinterest has some great ideas!), or even a simple bagel and cream cheese with some veggies on top. The options for quick, easy meals are endless!

Many times, child care centers provide breakfast as part of their daily offerings and there are many meals that can be made in bulk for you to provide at your center. Breakfast casseroles are always a hit, as well as meals with hardboiled eggs. They are even ways to cook a lot at one time using your center’s oven.

What are the breakfast ideas your center uses that the children love? Share your ideas in the comments below.