|not for breakfast | photo: cohdra|
This is a reminder. You need to make the time. Not just for your kids, but also for you. Yes, breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. It replenishes the furnace of your body after the metabolic slowdown of sleep. It should provide protein to help boost the amino acids that are needed for neurotransmitter production. It should provide a healthy fat to help keep that furnace going slow and steady instead of heading into overdrive with quick-to-digest, blood sugar crashing, simple carbohydrates.
This is also a reminder to avoid front-of-label packaging. The pretty pictures may look nice and the marketing verbiage may sound good but when you actually read the label it's a different story.
As I've mentioned above, this is far from a balanced breakfast. Is it better than skipping breakfast? I hesitate to say it but the answer there would be yes but not by a whole lot. Anything is better than skipping breakfast. However if you want to have your kids get a good start to the day you will do best to feed them nutritionally dense foods. This in turn will help them stay focused, keep their blood sugar level, and help reduce some of that 5 p.m. "witching hour" behavior (believe it or not that behavior starts with a poor-blood-sugar-balancing breakfast). You need to feed them real food.
|Brazilian Breakfast Buffet | photo: Jeff Belmonte|
|green shake | photo: alvimann|
Many times clients who've made this shift discover that they are no longer experiencing that 3:00 p.m. I-need-a-candy-bar crash. They feel better, and they are nutritionally going to do better by supporting their body.
School starts soon and many of us are going to be back on that tightly scheduled roller coaster. Plan now so you know what you're going to serve. Give them a good start.