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Back To School - Healthy Breakfast Ideas For Busy Families

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 Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We've heard it over and over, yet most of us are too busy to fix a big meal for the kids before they head off to school. On Good Morning Texoma, Registered and licensed dietitian McKensie Montgomery with TMC sat down with Lisanne to talk about some quick and healthy options.

Breakfast means "break the fast." By the time breakfast rolls around, many people have gone 8 -12 hours without eating. Breakfast also makes an important contribution to both the mind and body, yet is the most frequently skipped meal. Doctors also say, kids who eat breakfast have greater attention spans, improved concentration and perform better on spatial and cognitive tests.  Breakfast eaters have better school attendance and are less apt to show up tardy.

Breakfast skippers are more likely to get stomach pains and headaches caused by hunger, which could make learning and test taking challenging.

For athletes, breakfast eaters have better hand-eye coordination, which is a critical element of success in many sports.

A healthy breakfast should include a variety of food groups, such as whole grains, fruit, and dairy to ensure that you get a good mix of both nutrients and fiber. The key to fitting in a healthy breakfast is to plan ahead.

 Suggestions:

Ready to eat cereal with high fiber, low sugar and made with whole grains - 3g or more per serving.

Hot cereal

Bagel with low-fat cream cheese or peanut butter

Yogurt with sliced fruit

Toasted whole wheat English muffin with lean ham and low fat cheese

Toasted pita with scrambled egg and low fat cheese

Low fat milk

100% fruit juice