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Tips to help your kids eat a healthy breakfast every day

Author John Thompson
Submitted 17-03-2010

Studies have found that nearly half of American families skip breakfast on a regular basis. But while the morning rush can make sitting down for a bite to eat difficult, eating breakfast is important for both parents and kids.

"Research shows that a nutritious breakfast at home or school boosts children’s ability to learn, fosters better classroom behavior, and reduces visits to the school nurse," said U.S. Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon.

There are some ways fathers can help ensure their kids are fueling up with a proper meal before their day gets underway, even if there’s little or no time left in the morning routine.

Experts suggest parents stock up on portable, healthy breakfast items for busy days. Foods like yogurt, dry cereal, granola or protein bars and fruit are all easy to take along. Don’t limit yourself to only "breakfast" items either. A peanut butter sandwich on whole grain bread or a cheese stick can provide some needed protein in a pinch.

Knowing what things your kids enjoy eating and making them in advance can be helpful as well. Making a big batch of pancakes over the weekend or preparing a breakfast burrito the night before is a good option if you know your child will eat them. Just pop refrigerated items into the microwave for a few seconds to heat them up.ADNFCR-1662-ID-19659774-ADNFCR