Growing up, I always heard, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” I scoffed. Seriously? I feel fine when I don’t eat breakfast.
Turns out, Mom was right. Figures. She usually is.
All of the research points in one direction: for kids with developing brains, breakfast is an incredibly important meal.
5 Foods to Never Feed Your Kids for Breakfast
If you have kids, you surely want them to do well in school. You want them to be able to perform well academically and concentrate. If you homeschool like me, this is especially important. If your kids are bouncing off the walls or falling asleep at their desk you will be the one paying for it!
Take heed, dear friends. Here are 5 foods to never feed your kiddos for breakfast…
- Toaster waffles drenched in syrup
- Store-bought cereal
What do these foods have in common?
Can you spy the common denominator? These are all high-carb, highly-processed, nutrient-deficient foods. These foods will lead to trouble!
- A high-carb meal with lots of sugar will lead to a sugar crash. Your kids will end up hungry, distracted, probably temperamental, and they won’t perform well while doing school work.
- A meal without healthy fats starves the brain. Did you know your brain is primarily made of fat and cholesterol?
- Meals made up of primarily processed foods can set your child up for a lifetime of bad eating habits that lead to disease. It’s so much easier to instill good eating habits in them while they’re young!
What to Feed Your Kids Instead
If you’re anything like me, you might struggle with trying to figure out what to feed your kids in the mornings for breakfast. If you can’t throw a bowl of cereal in front of them or throw a Pop-Tart or bagel in the toaster, what’s a mom to do?
Look for foods that have the following characteristics:
- High in protein
- Lots of healthy fats (from foods like eggs, coconut oil, olive oil, grass-fed meats)
- Plenty of antioxidants, b vitamins, iron, and choline
What fits the bill?
There’s always eggs. Eggs are a fabulous option. They’re packed with protein and brain-nourishing fat, iron, and choline. It’s fast and easy to scramble up a couple eggs. But, well, even mom gets tired of plain ole’ scrambled eggs after a while.
If you’re feeling stumped and are looking for some fabulous breakfast ideas, I’d like to introduce you to Brainy Breakfasts: Over 40 Grain-Free, Brain-Fueling Breakfasts for Kids and their Parents.
Whether your family eats grain-free or not, this cookbook is a great place to get ideas for brain-fueling breakfasts. And it’s a beautiful, full-color cookbook moms will enjoy browsing!
Check out Brainy Breakfasts now!