Megan Watts is the Outpatient Dietitian at Children’s National. Megan specializes in diabetes and healthy weight management.
Although kids always tell me they’ve heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day, many kids and teens don’t eat breakfast or use quick morning sweets without much staying power for their action-packed days. Without a healthy breakfast, kids miss out on the fuel needed for improved performance on demanding mental tasks and motivation to be physically active. Also, when kids eat a healthy breakfast regularly, they tend to have higher overall intake of fiber, calcium, iron, vitamin C, and lower intake of fat, cholesterol and sodium. Whether the obstacle is a painfully early wake up time, a weak appetite in the morning, or selective eating, there are ways to overcome it to help your child reap the benefits of a balanced breakfast.
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