The Essential Breakfast

Get your child's day off to a healthy start with these easy breakfast ideas.

Why Breakfast Matters

What's one thing you can do as a parent to give your child a leg up on the day? Start him off with a healthy breakfast! Research has shown that kids who eat breakfast perform better in school and are less likely to be anxious, depressed, or irritable. Among breakfast's other benefits, according to the American Dietetic Association:

The Building Blocks of a Healthy Breakfast

According to the nutrition experts at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, breakfast should provide children with one-fourth to one-third of their energy and nutrient needs for the day ahead. And a healthy breakfast should offer some protein, fat, and carbohydrates, plus important nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, folate, iron, and calcium. Sounds like a tall order from just one meal? Actually, packing these must-haves into a fast and nutritious breakfast is easier than it seems.

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