I get a lot of questions from parents and one of the most popular has to do with children not eating breakfast. Many of us are familiar with the old adage, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” I absolutely agree. The word breakfast is “breaking a fast”. The body has had no nutrition for all of those hours you are asleep. It goes into a dormant stage. Many times kids wake up like “zombies”. The thought of eating eggs or something nutritious can be a “turn off”. Kids will say “I’m not hungry”. So some kids skip breakfast. Putting healthy nutrition in your system in the morning will “flip on the go switch”. The body has fuel and it starts burning calories. Skipping breakfast can lead to obesity. To may people this does not make sense, but think of it this way. If you wait several hours to eat after you have gotten up your body is trying not to burn calories because there is little or nothing in the body to burn. Then your child is starving, their blood sugar levels and cortisol levels go out of whack. They start craving carbs. They reach for the easiest fastest food they can get their hands on. It is a very unhealthy cycle. Eating breakfast regulates the blood sugar and cortisol levels.
For many many years, the alternative has been highly sugared cereals. This is also very unhealthy for many reasons we don’t need to get into. But consider this, your body has been asleep for many hours and the first thing you put into it is a lot of sugar. Your childs energy level will spike and then drop off. Again this is not helping in the classroom and certainly not helping from a physical development standpoint. So as a parent, what do you do?
How about a breakfast smoothie? Phenom Young Athlete all by itself is a great alternative. One scoop is 27g of macronutrients (18g of protein and 9g of clean carbs) using the best ingredients. Your child can literally prepare it in less than 60 seconds. If you want to add berries, half a banana or some peanut butter, go right ahead.
Your child is growing and developing. Give them the best nutrition possible in the morning. The protein will promote lean healthy muscle growth and if they play sports will help their muscle repair. The carbs fro sweet potatoes and whole grain brown rice, digest easily and help provide natural energy from glycogen.
You will be surprised how much every aspect of your child’s development, behavior and performance can be improved with a quality breakfast.