I’m sure everyone has heard that breakfast is important for health. Ensuring that your children eat a good breakfast may help them to be happier, better able to cope with frustrations, and better able to learn at school. As a parent, I know I am happier, more patient, and more productive if I eat breakfast. And being a good role model for my kids is an added motivation.
Benefits of breakfast
–Breakfast improves cognitive development and ability to concentrate. It can help children to learn and remember better in school.
–People who eat breakfast are more likely to have a higher quality diet overall.
–Breakfast results in higher energy levels. This can lead to improved productivity and increased physical activity.
–Breakfast eaters have been shown to have lower stress levels and are less likely to have accidents.
–Breakfast helps to regulate blood sugar and prevent highs and lows. It does so by replenishing glucose stores (your energy source) that decrease after an overnight fast, and providing a steady source of energy over the course of several hours.
Often people who don’t eat breakfast get really hungry later in the day and then overeat on fast, convenient foods that tend to be high in sugar, fat, or salt. This is not healthy for anyone, but is especially frustrating of you are trying to manage your weight.
Breakfast makes my household happier
Breakfast definitely improves my mood, and also makes my kids happier. If I wait a little too long to give them breakfast, they are whinier, and they cry and fight a lot more. As soon as they have eaten, their moods are noticeably improved and they are able to play independently and happily. I don’t actually know what they would be like if they didn’t have breakfast at all, since I have never tried that experiment. Based on how grumpy they get when they haven’t eaten in a while, I imagine it would not be fun for any of us!
My favourite mixed cereal
I have been making my own type of mixed cereal for several years now: I credit my brother-in-law for first introducing it to me (his own recipe: my version is slightly modified). The basic recipe can be altered to suit your tastes and what’s available in stores. I have moved several times since I started making it, and I had to modify it every time to fit what I could find in stores.
Large flake oatmeal (not the quick-cooking oats)
Bran flakes or raisin bran cereal
All-bran or other high-bran cereal
Granola (bought or homemade)
Any other cereal, dried fruit, or nut that you like.
Put them all together in a large plastic container, and mix well. I love that this cereal is so easy to make. In the morning, just pour it in a bowl and have some milk with it, and it’s a complete breakfast, including grains, fruit, nuts, and milk.