The Most Important Meal of the Day

We all hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do you know why??  There are many.  Studies have shown that children who regularly eat breakfast compared to those who rarely eat breakfast:  

  • behave better
  • have increased school attendance
  • learn better
  • actively participate in class more often
  • have increased attentiveness
  • achieve higher test scores

Make every effort to give your child breakfast.  Think of it as you would your car.  You cannot go anywhere without gas.  Food is fuel for your body.  Breakfast is the nutritional boost we all need to be prepared for our day and for our kids to be ready to learn.  Breakfast doesn’t have to be fancy, or take long to prepare.  Try to include a variety of foods:  a grain (bread & cereal), protein (eggs, meats, nuts) fruit or vegetable, and a dairy product.  It could be traditional eggs, toast and milk or pancake, banana and milk.  It can be not so traditional breakfast burrito and a glass of juice or fruit and cream cheese sandwich on whole wheat with a glass of milk.  Whatever you decide, remember to fuel your body everyday starting with breakfast.

Simple Breakfast Wrap:  Cinnamon Apple Wrap (serves 4)

  • 4 fajita sized tortillas
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • sprinkle of cinnamon sugar
  • 1 Tbl. margarine

Heat tortillas on skillet.  Spread margarine lightly.  Spoon 1/8 cup applesauce and add a few slices of apples.  Sprinkle cinnamon sugar and roll up.  Serve with a glass of milk.  Healthy Eating,   Priscilla Paras-Huerta – Nutritionist

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