Breakfast kick starts our metabolism! During the night while we are sleeping our metabolic rate runs very slowly and conservatively, but once we are awake we need our body to speed up and break out of this fasting metabolic state.
Research shows that people who eat breakfast are more likely to have a healthy weight, and tend to eat an overall healthier diet. Specifically those who eat cereal tend to consume more vitamins and minerals per day. This is due to the fact that many ready-to-eat breakfast cereals are fortified with additional vitamins, plus if you add low-fat milk and a fruit this increases the nutrition even more!
With back to school time just around the corner, eating a good breakfast is essential. Research shows that breakfast may enhance a child's memory, improve concentration and cognitive ability, and help increase attention span. If we send a child to school with no breakfast, their blood sugar is likely to drop low and symptoms of low blood sugar include irritability, drowsiness, restlessness, and difficulty recalling information.
So get up 15 minutes earlier and have an A+ breakfast before the bus arrives! It's as simple as a bowl of cereal with low-fat milk and fresh fruit.
Megan Moore, RD, LD, CDE
Dallas Dietetic Association Media Bureau