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AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — Building a better breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated.
The morning can be a busy time for many people. Preparing for work, getting kids ready for school or even just trying to wake up can make eating breakfast seem like a chore. However, September is National Better Breakfast Month, and there’s no better time to celebrate ways to start the day on the right foot.
With many students returning to the classroom, it is essential to ensure that they are getting a complete breakfast. This can be done either at school or before walking through the school doors each morning.
“Sometimes, it’s all we can do to grab a pastry or piece of toast on our way out the door. But, a balanced breakfast is the key to a healthy day for children,” said Katie Funderburk, an Alabama Extension specialist, and registered dietitian. “When possible, help your child eat from two or more food groups to make sure they are getting a variety of nutrients that support growth and development, like calcium, iron, vitamins and healthy fats.”
Breakfast has vital components for growing children, especially for school-age children. By eating a proper breakfast, children will have the needed energy to learn at school. Eating a healthy breakfast can offer other benefits such as improved concentration, better grades and a healthier weight. In fact, some studies show children who eat breakfast tend to have better school attendance, are less tardy and have fewer hunger-induced stomach aches in the morning.
What To Eat
Breakfast doesn’t have to be difficult. Depending on how much time is available in the morning, it can be as simple as a whole-grain English muffin sandwich with peanut butter and a sliced banana. Add some fruit for a few more nutrients and head out the door.
If there is a bit of time in the morning, it’s hard to beat a couple of scrambled eggs, turkey bacon and a side of fruit to kick-start the day. Also consider Live Well Alabama’s Southwest Avocado Toast. This take on a popular item will provide an energy jolt to take on the day.
However, there are some mornings when you wake up, brush your teeth and are already late for work or school. Live Well has a few ideas for that as well.
The Live Well Alabama recipe for Rise and Shine Muffins could provide breakfast options for multiple days. The recipe calls for combining six eggs, spinach, breakfast meat, tomatoes and cheese. The results are several protein- and veggie-loaded muffins that can be refrigerated for a quick morning meal all week. Live Well Alabama has several other recipes that are great for breakfast and starting the day off on the right foot.
- Fiesta Breakfast Bowl
- Grilled Cheese Surprise Grits and Greens
- Healthier French Toast
- Hearty Egg Burritos
- Overnight Oats
- Sunrise English Muffin