If there's one piece of wisdom from our childhood that's etched into our brains, it's never to miss breakfast. But it's easy to let the most important meal of the day fall low on your list of priorities when you're stuck in a race against the clock. But how detrimental could skipping one meal be to your child's health?
Breakfast is placed at the top of the mealtime hierarchy. However, this ideology seems somewhat counterintuitive when your child's breakfast is just a hot glass of milk, forcibly gulped down just in time to leave the house. This haste on your part can wreak havoc on your child's overall well-being.
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Being the first meal after almost a 10 hour fast through the night, it acts as a vital source of energy to the body. Skipping your breakfast can disrupt your body's natural rhythm. It also inhibits the efficient working of the metabolism due to the lack of blood sugar and other necessary nutrients. This can cause severe long-term health issues.
These include heart-related ailments, fluctuating body weight, constant headaches and nausea, stunted growth, low energy levels, and diseases caused due to nutrient deficiency such as scurvy, beriberi, pellagra, etc.
Breakfast provides nutrition that maintains the functional activity of the body and hence is responsible for the quality of an individual’s work performance. Regular intake of a nutritious breakfast has shown increased level of subject comprehension, regular attendance, and increased ability to solve complicated tasks. Whereas the absences of the same are associated with lack of energy, mood swings, and constant disruption in cognitive functions.
Simply placing a bowl of cold cereal on the breakfast table won't do much good either. Instead, a healthy breakfast should include nutrient-dense food to fuel your child for the day ahead.
Sources of protein: Meats, eggs, legumes and beans, dairy, soya, etc.
Sources: Brown rice, oatmeal, corn, potatoes, etc.
Sources: Vegetables, cereals, berries, brown rice, oatmeal, etc.
If your child is on the younger side, explaining the need for breakfast may not be your strongest card. However, what can help is a delicious breakfast they can't resist! Remember, creativity is key, so if your child isn't big on eggs and toast, incorporate the three food groups to create a healthier version of their favorite foods like tacos, muffins, etc. You could also ask your child to give you a hand in the kitchen to make breakfast, letting them explore their creative side and giving you some quality time together.