Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but too many kids can’t or don’t eat it. Three out of four teachers say they teach kids who regularly come to school hungry.
Why should your school make breakfast a priority? Students who regularly eat a good breakfast:
- score 17.5% higher on standardized math tests
- have better attendance
- are more attentive and have fewer behavioral problems
- have higher graduation rates
- are more likely to be at a healthy weight.
Let’s be honest. It’s easier to sell kids on an idea when it’s already ingrained in pop culture—when somebody else suggests that it is the new big thing. So get out the blender.
Forget the doughnuts and the big-as-your-face muffins drowning in sugar sprinkles. A healthy breakfast includes a variety of whole grain, fruit, vegetable, dairy and meat or meat alternative combinations. With a little planning and our tips for a healthier breakfast, you’ll be well on your way to getting the recommended 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily.