Breakfast Helps Kids Learn!

Bite Into A Healthy Day With A Great Breakfast!

We all want our kids to do well in school and give them everything that they need to be successful. A good breakfast is one of those things.

In our busy world it can be too easy to let it slide when our student says they are too tired to eat, or that they just don’t feel like it, but we cannot give in to the bad habit of missing breakfast. Children who eat a healthy breakfast are more attentive in school. They get better grades and they socialize better with others. The brain needs food in order to learn. The better the food, the better the learning. So sugary donuts are not the best option. Whole grains, fruit, nuts and protein are better choices.

healthy breakfastSet Yourself Up For Success

The best time to prepare a good breakfast is not three minutes before it is time to leave the house. The best time is to think about it and get prepared the night before. Put out what needs to be put out. Can the box of cereal go onto the counter where the kids will see it? Prepare muffin batter the night before and pop them in the oven while you are getting ready for work, or put the fruit in a bowl on the table. Everyone could take a turn making breakfast, or sometimes the best preparation is just thinking it through so there is a plan in the morning.

The Calgary Tutor Doctor Recommends Breakfast

When working with children of all ages providing tutoring and learning support, the Calgary Tutor Doctor has found that those children who consistently have a good breakfast respond to tutoring quicker. Many schools boards would agree, and that is why several schools now offer some kind of breakfast program to be sure that kids are not trying to learn on an empty stomach.

 

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2 thoughts on “Breakfast Helps Kids Learn!

  1. Three quick points (ok – 3 points)
    #1 – Thanks so much for reading (and liking) my brain-based blog (and especially the post about my award!!). As *you* already know, it’s neurodiversity focused, even though the name might lead a few to believe that it is relevant only to ADD (officially ADHD – tho’ I think its important to point out that the “H” is optional – AND that a lot of other problems present with the very same attentional struggles – in a variety of concentrations).

    #2 – I’m especially happy to see the diversity of exploration and interest shown by bloggers like YOU (often referred to as “Mom bloggers,” mores the pity). I love to see parents taking the time to get themselves educated beyond the nonsense one reads in the popular press and spreading the word through their blogs. Our kids (in Cowtown or Midtown!) are our future, right? And there are a TON of inaccuracies (and down-right intentionally misleading misinformation) out there — about diagnosis and medication especially.

    Sadly childless myself, it has never been lost on me that today’s KIDS will be in charge when when I’m in the twilight of my life. ANYONE with a brain already realizes that we need them to be healthy, well-educated, and wonderfully parented to be kind and consummate global thinkers. Let’s here it for Moms (and Dads who step up) for taking on the most important job on the planet – raising the next generation.

    So DOUBLE thanks to you for “following” me — and my apologies for how long it has taken me to follow back (life’s been a bit nuts for a few years, so my to-do list remains – probably – *almost* as full as yours ::grin::).

    #3 – RE BREAKFAST: Boy howdy are you right on here! Expecting kids to do well in school without AM fuel is like expecting your car to get you to work without gas!

    One of the most effective things you can do before sending a child off to school is to greatly increase the protein in the morning (dopamine precursors – needed for executive functioning) and dial back on the carbs (serotonin precursors – important for mood management, but serotonin is a major player in the sleep state, so we really want to tip the balance the other way upon awakening. Gives Moms & Dads a jumpstart too, btw.

    ADDers do best to avoid carbs completely until after school — good luck ::sigh:: ALSO – meds won’t work as effectively without that protein boost, so the “protein in the morning” rule is doubly important for medicated ADDers of all ages (and don’t do citrus within a half hour of meds – either way)

    ONLY if your kids aren’t allergic or “sensitive”, here are some suggestions that can make it easy (ok, “possible”) to get them to eat a protein-skewed breakfast (besides milk, which every Mom knows about already, I’m sure – and which not all kids can tolerate, even if they’re NOT typically lactose intolerant)

    * put that jar of peanut butter out with the muffins (and/or bake them with p’nut butter). Some kids like p’nut butter on pancakes too – under the syrup – and many will be thrilled with a PB&J sandwich (if you make it available already done). I’ve given up gluten, so I put mine on a gluten-free rice cake with a drizzle of organic honey (check labels – the most tasty rice cakes “naked” almost always contain gluten).

    * Keep “Easter Eggs” in the ‘fridge year round and put those out too. Let the kids help dye the eggs, especially if they’re little, with “This is how we have to do it because we don’t have bunny-magic” — good time to enroll middle schoolers on what protein does for the brain – teach your older kids how to make deviled eggs – most kids adore them) BTW – the brain needs fat too, so don’t panic too much about the mayo

    *Serve “dinner for breakfast” on Mondays (keep the novelty factor, or many will balk – and you’ll have more time to cook extras over the weekend) – cold chicken leftovers – even nuggets (tho’ the breading/meat ratio isn’t the best in the AM) etc.

    As the ADD Poster Girl with a VERY long AM “boot window,” there are times I can’t even get it together to peel an egg – so I always keep a few already peeled in a left-over container – right in the front of the top shelf, where I can’t miss it. I’ve learned they last just as long that way. And for those who don’t already know – the older the egg, the easier it is to peel, and adding a small amount of olive oil to the cooking water really helps too – shells are porous.

    OOPS – too long — sorry, I get excited and I CAN go on. Maybe I need to offer a blog post about this, huh? Anyway, thanks again for “liking” my most recent post.

    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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