This month we have talked about heart health since February
is heart month. And last week we addressed the health of our children. So in
that same vein of family health issues, there was an interesting study of
~2,800 adolescents looking at the impact of a family breakfast. We already know
that family dinners are important but we’ll tackle the meal at the start of the
day now - a Family Breakfast.
Breakfast Study Results: The kids in this study averaged breakfast with
their family only 1.5 times per week; boys more often than the gals. A
Family Breakfast happened more often if both parents ate breakfast with the
A Family Breakfast = throughout the day, the kids ate/drank...
more dairy products (milk, yogurt and cheeses)
more whole grains (brown rice, multi-grain pasta, quinoa)
less sugar-sweetened beverages
The kids who ate breakfast with their families took in more
calcium, vitamin D, iron, potassium and fiber.
There were fewer of the Family Breakfast kids who were
overweight or obese.
So, parents, it’s worth the effort to make a family
breakfast happen in your household, if you can. It’s
a great chance to connect with the kids before the busy day unfolds. And you’ll
know that their bodies will be fueled for both mental and physical activities.
Make breakfast happen:
1. Set the table the night before.
2. Decide what you will serve for breakfast the night before.
3. Get the crew up 15 minutes earlier in the morning.