Breakfast literally means to break the fast. My younger kids don’t seem to have a problem doing that. Usually the first thing they ask for in the morning when they roll out of bed is something to eat. However, as my eldest, now 12, gets older, it seems that she is more and more falling into that all too familiar routine of skipping breakfast.
I find myself telling her she needs to at least eat a few bites of something every morning more often than not, and since all my kids are there to witness it and to understand why we need to eat a healthy breakfast each morning, I also tell her what the benefits are to eating breakfast.
1. Without food in your belly, your body can’t tell when you’ll be feeding it next. It automatically reverts to starvation mode, which means the next time you eat, it will store those calories longer. It makes our metabolism slow and our bodies become inefficient. (Skipping breakfast can actually make you gain weight.)
2. A healthy breakfast is key to helping you concentrate in school and giving you the energy to keep going through your day. If you want to perform well during the mile run in gym class at 10:30 a.m., skipping breakfast at 7:30 a.m. is not the way to do it. Have a big test? What you eat will help you concentrate and understand the questions more easily.
3. Because Mom said so. While this isn’t the reason why I give my kids to eat any breakfast, it is the reason why we get to eat what mom says: fiber, protein, carbohydrates. My kids know that sugar only gives you bursts of energy and then leave you feeling drained. We want our breakfast to have some staying power because lunch is hours away.
This fruit and yogurt parfait is an easy way to make breakfast fun and something the kids enjoy eating without a lot of effort. They can be spooned into cups easily, and the kids are spooning it down in just a few minutes, leaving me plenty of time to pack a few school lunches.
1/4 cup oat cereal
1/2 cup yogurt
1/4 cup frozen or fresh berries
Layer ingredients in a cup or glass. Serve and eat immediately.
Makes 1 breakfast parfait.
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