Your teenage son is ready for school. Just when you serve him breakfast, the horn of the school bus is heard and he rushes off with his bag. This is a typical scenario in many houses on a regular basis. . .
Are you aware that you are encouraging the habit of skipping breakfast in your son ?
We have all heard the old saying that one should eat like a king during breakfast. Let us see why it is so important to have breakfast . . .
Why is Skipping Breakfast Harmful ?
1. Breakfast, as the word implies, means ‘breaking the fast’. After a nightlong gap of 10–12 hours without food, the body’s energy reserves are drained. Thus, we all need fuel to start the day well. Kids need even more. Their growing body and brain need their energy replenished on a regular basis. Since children are more active. Missing out on their nutritional demands can result in physical, emotional and intellectual problems. A good breakfast provides the right start to the day.
2. Studies have shown that children who eat a good breakfast regularly, do better in school than children who skip breakfast. Kids with regular breakfast habits are less tired during the day and more receptive to ideas in general. Breakfast eaters are more focused, display better concentration in studies and are able to learn better than their counterparts.
3. Children who have a healthy breakfast are also more calm and less anxious. According to experts, skipping breakfast can lead to poor behavior. So, indirectly, breakfast helps to organize the child's day.
4. As per new studies, kids who skip their breakfast regularly are more likely to be overweight. So, do not feel okay if your overweight teen misses out on breakfast. Skipping the first meal of the day will not help him lose the weight, rather it will make him more lethargic.
5. Kids who have a good intake of key vitamins and minerals via breakfast are less prone to colds and other allergic reactions.
What is a Good Breakfast for Teens ? Breakfast should be good blend of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals. Thumb rule is fruits, dairy product and grain depending on your personal choice -be it a stuffed Parantha or Idlis. Whether it is served hot or at room temperature, does not matter. General suggestion is that you should get about a quarter of your daily calories during breakfast.
Morning is the best time to give kids a few servings of fruit.
Eggs or other protein-rich food are also a good choice to start the day. You can add nutrient-rich dry fruits as well.
Some schools provide breakfast at school. Ensure that they are providing a good nutritious breakfast that will meet your child’s nutritional needs.
Whatever the reason is - whether it is a question of rushing your kid to reach school on time or your cook does not turn up - make sure your teen does not miss the first and the most important meal of the day.