It’s often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for kids. Often said…but not followed. Unfortunately, according to recent studies, more than half (62%) of teens say that they don’t eat breakfast every day of the week.
Not only does skipping breakfast have physical consequences, it also affects students’ academic performance. In fact, according to research, eating breakfast daily has beneficial effects on academic performance and positively influences attendance, punctuality and behavior. There are many possible reasons for this, but likely ones include improved alertness and attention and a general increase in overall energy.
This doesn’t mean that you have to prepare some fancy cooked breakfast for your child every morning before school. Far from it; a simple breakfast of cereal, toast, fruit and a glass of Hiland Dairy Milk will give your young student a meal that is balanced and packed with nutrition. You can also take advantage of the School Breakfast Program to help fulfill your child’s breakfast needs.
The milk on the cereal and in the glass is extra-important because milk contains so many vital nutrients in one small package. Not only does it contain protein and calcium to build strong muscle and bones, it also contains phosphorous and potassium to provide energy and regulate blood pressure. And it contains a host of important vitamins, including vitamins A, D, B12, riboflavin and niacin.
So if you want to prepare your young student for future academic success, make sure he studies hard, does his homework on time…and that he starts each and every day with a balanced breakfast that includes a tall glass of Hiland Dairy Milk!
Here are a few of our go-to breakfast recipes, all featuring nutrient-packed dairy products (from Hiland Dairy of course!).
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