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Give Them a Good Breakfast Before Sending Them to School

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youngstudentParents, it’s the first day of school. You’ve spent some time packing your kids a good lunch or giving them money for the cafeteria. But your job’s not done.

You still need to make sure they have a good breakfast. Chances are, breakfast is offered at school, and if you trust your kid to eat it, then you’re set until you see then later that day.

But many want to ensure that their children eat right before they leave the house. These are the parents who know their child will never willfully eat a breakfast that does not come sugar-glazed from a doughnut shop.

In the last few weeks, I’ve spoken with plenty of parents who get frazzled by the bustle of activity in the morning, most of which happens before that first cup of coffee has time to work. While making sure the kids have all their homework, their lunches and whatever they need for after-school activities,  they often don’t have enough time to do anything but open a box of cereal. Add low-fat milk and banana, and you have a meal.

That’s great for some children, not all.

If your child is diabetic, he or she doesn’t need all the sugars that are loaded in bananas, low-fat dairy products or cereals made from low-fiber grains.

According to the website, a breakfast of low-glycemic foods, or foods that don’t raise the blood sugar rapidly, are the best. These include whole-grain barley, whole-grain rye and other whole grains such as oats.

“Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have determined that those who eat certain grains for breakfast have lower, well-regulated blood sugar throughout the day, even up to and beyond dinner,” the site says.

It’s hard to get most kids to eat barley or rye at any point, but oatmeal is a favorite with many. And it’s made even better with a touch of cinnamon, which is also known to lower blood sugar.

A bowl of oatmeal can also help your children’s learning process, whether they have diabetes or not. People who have had a low-glycemic breakfast “find it easier to concentrate for the rest of the morning,” says. “They may also have a beneficial effect on short-term memory and mental acuity.”

For the full article, click here.

Here’s an idea from A bowl of hot oatmeal wouldn’t hurt parents, either.

Bill’s Hot Cereals

oatsOne great and healthy way to start off the morning is to include a hot whole grain cereal for breakfast. The addition of cinnamon and vanilla has always had people wondering what type of grain I use, ’cause the cereals are delicious. Here is how I make my cereals taste a bit better. My kids love it. Give it a try.

3 cups water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup oats, rolled (raw), preferably organic

Place the water in a pot and add the cinnamon and vanilla. Bring to water to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer.

Add the oats or whole grain cereal of choice and cook as directions indicate. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings.

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One Response to “Give Them a Good Breakfast Before Sending Them to School”

  1. Heather says:

    Thank you, John, for posting this…I think everyone needs to be reminded that sugary cereals and doughnut, while they may taste good, do not give our kids the quality substance they need to turn on the brain power–and keep it going until lunch!!