How a well-balanced breakfast can help kids in school

How a well-balanced breakfast can help kids in school


HOW WELL KIDS DO IN SCHOOL IS NOT JUST BASED ON STUDYING AND ACTIVITY LEVEL. BALANCED NUTRITION IS ESSENTIAL FOR PROPER GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN KIDS. EXPLAING HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR OUR KIDS TO EAT A BALANCED BREAKING IS NUTRITIONIST PAT BAIRD.GOOD MORNING PAT. UNFORTUNATELY, 90% OF KIDS 4 TO18 YEARS OLD DON’T EAT THE RECOMMENDED AMOUNT OF FRUIT AND VEGGIES EACH DAY. UNFORTUNATELY THEY EAT MORE THAN THE RECOMMENDED AMOUNT OF SODIUM, AND CONSUME TOO MANY EMPTY CALORIES, ACCORDING TO THE DIETARY GUIDELINES COMMITTEE. FRUITS AND VEGGIES ARE IDEAL SNACKS, AND EASY SIDE DISHES FOR MEALS. THEY’RE LOW IN CALORIES, AND LOADED WITH VITAMINS, MINERALS AND FIBER. OMEGA-3S ARE GETTING MORE ATTENTION FOR THEIR POSITIVE ROLE IN BRAIN DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING. STUDIES SHOW THAT LOWER BLOOD LEVELS ARE LINKED WITH POORER BEHAVIOR AND LEARNING IN CHILDREN. SEAFOOD IS A RICH DIETARY SOURCE OF OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS. FINALLY, CDC RECENTLY REPORTED THAT MORE THAN ONE-THIRD OF KIDS ARE SLEEP DEPRIVED. LACK OF SLEEP IS ASSOCIATED WITH CHRONIC DISEASE, OBESITY AND DEPRESSION. NUTRITION AND SLEEP BOTH INFLUENCE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE. GIVING KIDS AN ACADEMIC AND HEALTH ADVANTAGE THROUGH NUTRITION ISN’T DIFFICULT. IT’S JUST TAKES A LITTLE PLANNING. REGISTERED DIETITIAN, PAT BAIRD, WILL SHOW SOME EASY TIPS – AND FOODS – TO HELP PROVIDE BETTER NUTRITION FOR KIDS – AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY.START WITH THE BASICS: EAT A BETTER BREAKFAST! BREAKFAST HAS MANY ADVANTAGES (SAMPLE MEALS SHOWN)GOOD WAY TO ENSURE OVERALL NUTRITION: START WITH FIBER, VITAMINS, MINERALS, ETC.PEOPLE LOSE WEIGHT MORE EFFICIENTLY; MAINTAIN IT BETTERSTUDIES SHOW BREAKFAST EATERS HAVE: SHARPER MEMORY, BETTER GRADES, HIGHER ATTENDANCE, EVEN IMPROVED MOO NATURE’S SUPERFOOD: FRUITS & VEGGIES:OVER 75% OF AMERICANS DON’T EAT THE RECOMMENDED AMOUNTS THE OF FRUITS & VEGGIES SAY LATEST DIETARY GUIDELINES; MOST FALL SHORT OF WHOLE GRAINS TOOTHESE FOODS PROVIDE VITAMINS, MINERALS AND FIBER FOR HEALTH AND ENERGY GIVE YOUR HEALTH AN EXTRA BOOST WITH LEGUMES – BEANS, PEAS, LENTILSTHEY PAIR WELL WITH WHOLE GRAINS + ARE AN EXCELLENT SOURCE OF PROTEIN AND IRONPOWER UP WITH PROTEIN: PROTEIN HELPS BOOST FOCUS AND CONCENTRATION, STRENGTHEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND KEEP MUSCLES STRONGHAVE SMALLER PORTIONS OF “HIGH-QUALITY” PROTEIN (ALL THE ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS) AND CHOOSE LEAN MEAT AND SEAFOOD BE SURE TO INCLUDE PROTEIN IN SNACKSSEAFOOD HAS THE ADDED BENEFIT OF OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS GET MORE SLEEP:RESEARCH SHOWS ADEQUATE SLEEP (7-9 HOURS FOR ADULTS; 10-12 FOR KIDS!) IS ESSENTIAL TO BETTER HEALTHLACK OF SLEEP CONTRIBUTES TO WEIGHT GAIN, ABSENTEEISM, LACK OF FOCUS, ETC.SET A ROUTINE FOR THE FAMILYMONITOR ELECTRONICS; KIDS: NO TEXTING UNDER THE COVERS! FOR MORE INFORMATION – YOU CAN ALWAYS GO TO OUR WEBSITE – WTNH.COM.GO TO THE ON-AIR TAB AND PULL DOWN TO THE GOOD

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