Health Tips with Karla Heintz (BSc), Nutrition Educator
Starting the Day Off Right
According to a recent survey, 23% of young children do not eat breakfast every day. Breakfast consumption falls, as children get older to 50% of middle-aged children and 64% of teenagers lacking it daily. We know the early morning is a crucial time to feed the ‘fuel-deprived’ brain, as well as provide nutrients and energy to concentrate better in school and stay awake through class. Here are some simple tips to make the most out of your mornings:
- Listen to your body. If you or your child is not hungry within 1 hour of waking, it often is a sign the last meal/snack the day before was too big.
- Focus on consuming something that provides energy (like whole grain cereals/breads), along with some protein and orFruit is an asset as it is packed with fiber and gives brain fuel too. Eggs, yoghurt or milk related items provide some protein.
- Prepare the breakfast the night before, or at least begin to set it out the night before. This saves time you time in the morning.
- Alternate morning meals with whole flake oatmeal, as it provides soluble fiber, which is a great protector against high cholesterol and a grain of choice for many athletes. Raspberries and ground flax or salba seeds are a great addition too.
Karla Heintz (BSc) Nutrition Educator and Author of
‘Picky! Not Me Mom! A parents’ guide to children’s nutrition.