Ready, Set, Breakfast!

“Eat your breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day!” Why are parents always saying that?

Well, imagine you’re a car. After a long night of sleeping, your fuel tank is empty. Breakfast is the fuel that gets you going so you can hit the road.

What Should You Eat?

Any breakfast is better than no breakfast, but try not to have doughnuts or pastries all the time. They’re high in calories, sugar, and fat. They also don’t contain the nutrients a kid really needs. And if you have a doughnut for breakfast, you won’t feel full for long.

Just like with other meals, try to eat a variety of foods, including:

  • fruit
  • vegetables
  • grains ( make at least half your grains whole grains)
  • protein (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dry beans, nuts, and seeds)
  • dairy products (low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese, and yogurt)

Breakfast Ideas

First, the traditional ones:
  • eggs
  • French toast, waffles, or pancakes (try wheat or whole-grain varieties)
  • cold cereal and milk
  • hot cereal, such as oatmeal or cream of wheat (try some dried fruit or nuts on top)
  • whole-grain toast, bagel, or English muffin with cheese
  • yogurt with fruit or nuts
  • fruit smoothie, such as a strawberry smoothie
And now some weird (but yummy) ones:
  • banana dog (peanut butter, a banana, and raisins in a long whole-grain bun)
  • breakfast taco (shredded cheese on a tortilla, folded in half and microwaved; top with salsa)
  • country cottage cheese (apple butter mixed with cottage cheese)
  • fruit and cream cheese sandwich (use strawberries or other fresh fruit)
  • sandwich — grilled cheese, peanut butter, and jelly, or another favorite
  • leftovers (they’re not just for dinner anymore!)
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