September Is Better Breakfast Month!
Parents typically think of September as the time when their kids go back to school, but it’s also known for something that is closely related: Better Breakfast Month. It can be challenging for parents to convince their kids, and especially teens (up to nearly one-third skip this critical meal), to take time for breakfast, yet the benefits are well worth it. For example, kids who eat breakfast:
- Are less likely to be overweight or obese. Carrying excess weight is a risk factor for diabetes, heart disease, and other serious conditions.
- Consume less saturated fat, another risk factor for heart disease.
- Have more energy and better concentration, which translates to improved scholastic performance and mood.
- Have better overall health.
Time is one of the biggest obstacles when it comes to getting kids to eat breakfast. Kids like to hit the snooze button and delay getting up until they barely have enough time to get dressed and out the door. Sufficient sleep is critical for your client’s growing kids, so slight adjustments in going to bed and waking up may be necessary to allow time for breakfast.
Everyone will be happier and less stressed if breakfast is quick and easy, as well as delicious and nutritious. Fortunately, there are numerous options that fit the bill and can be enjoyed at home or on the run. Examples include:
- Scrambled tofu or eggs, with fresh bell peppers, mushrooms, and sea salt. It takes a little extra time, but is well worth it!
- Monkey Trail Mix, made with dried fruit, protein-rich seeds, and Puffins cereal. Perfect pocket food that kids can enjoy on the way to school.
- Breakfast muffins, breads, and bars. Parents or kids can make a batch or two of breakfast muffins, breads, or granola bars the night before, so they will be ready for noshing in the morning. Barbara’s whole-grain, naturally sweetened, GMO-free cereals are the featured ingredients in these breakfast treats that are perfect for the whole family, including: Apple Honey Puffins Muffins, Snackimals Cereal Bars, Barbara’s High Fiber Bars, and Builder Banana Bread.
Don’t forget smoothies, which can pack an incredible amount of nutrition in a single glass. The Tropical Shredded Smoothie provides fiber from Barbara’s Shredded Wheat Biscuits, while the Puffins Power-up Smoothie Bowl can be enjoyed in a glass or bowl, topped with fresh fruit. Feel free to add a scoop of protein powder to help balance blood sugar.