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The Importance Of Breakfast For Children

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“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"
"What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"
"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.”
― A.A. Milne

Empty tummies do not allow children to perform well – be it academics, sports or other activities. A good breakfast provides adequate nutrients required for proper functioning of the both the body and the brain. Skipping breakfast or inadequate morning meals can cause concentration and memory problems in children. Children may skip breakfast for several reasons – non-availability of proper breakfast at home, poor time management in the morning, eating disorders etc. Also, if parents skip breakfast, their children are also likely to do so.

According to dietchannel.com, “Children who skip breakfast are more tired, irritable, or restless by late morning. These symptoms lead to aggressive behaviour that causes children to get in trouble in school.”

Children should be given breakfast high in proteins, calcium and carbohydrates. A good breakfast ensures healthy weight management in children, as they are less likely to snack before lunch and throughout the day. Breakfast should be a mix of fruits and foods. Some excellent breakfast fruits are bananas, oranges, berries and papaya. Eggs with wholegrain toast, fortified cereals with low-fat milk, almonds, raisins, peanut butter, omelettes with fresh vegetables and low-fat yogurt are good breakfast options for children.

For more breakfast ideas, you can read the articles in this ClipBook. 

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