Friday, July 2, 2010

Did your kids have breakfast today?

Research shows that kids who eat breakfast fare better in school, and have a healthier diet, says Sheah Rarback, M.S., R.D., a pediatric dietician at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Eating breakfast promotes proper growth and maximizes school performance, too. That's because it's usually easier for breakfast-eaters to meet their daily nutritional needs.
Breakfast is often a victim of the a.m. time crunch. "Face it, breakfast is the one thing you can skip when you're in a hurry," laments Rarback. Simplify your morning routine with these eight tips from Rarback, and the American Dietetic Association:

1. Finish homework and pack school bags at night.

2. Decide what your children will wear to school before going to bed. Locate lost shoes for the next day.

3. Get up 15 minutes earlier.

4. Give up morning television and computer games.

5. Have healthy foods on hand. Shop for breakfast foods with your kids, taking into account personal preferences.

6. Set out cereal the night before. For a younger child, fill a zip-lock bag with her portion; she adds milk in the morning.

7. Allow older children to use the microwave oven. Most breakfast foods can be prepared in five minutes, or less.

8. Let kids eat in the car, or while walking to school.

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