Breakfast counts

Breakfast counts

By Ciara Jackson
The age-old saying, “You are what you eat,” is simple and true. So when creating balanced eating habits, it is important to select healthy foods. And it all starts with breakfast.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why, you ask? Well, first breakfast is the fuel to your body, giving you the boost of energy that you need to start your day focused. If you skip this meal, you will feel sluggish or tired before the lunch bell even rings. Secondly, breakfast helps keep your weight in check. Eating a morning meal starts your body’s metabolism — a fancy word that means converting food into energy — and it keeps you from overeating at lunchtime.

Remember to always try to squeeze something into your tummy to boost the start of your day. Pick foods that are high in fiber, carbohydrates, whole grains and low in added sugar such as donuts or pastries. Try some of these ideas for breakfast on the go:
Granola bars
Low-sugar cereal or oatmeal
Fresh or dry fruit
Yogurt — try Greek yogurt as a new alternative

If you try to follow these simple points, you will be off to a good start. Oh, and take that multivitamin your parents nag you about, too. It will give you all the nutrients you do not eat in your daily meals. Happy and healthy eating young ladies!

Resources:
www.healthychildren.org
www.kidshealth.org