Yes, we’ve all heard the phrase, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” There are many reasons why it’s important to start the morning with a proper breakfast and I won’t go into all of them here. Simply stated: Breakfast is the fuel your body and brain needs to function. Getting the body and brain to function correctly from the start just makes good sense.
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It is especially important for children to eat a nourishing breakfast in the morning. Young, growing brains need lots of energy to help focus and keep learning. A child who skips breakfast is going to feel tired, restless, and irritable, possibly for the entire day. Studies have proven time and time again that children who do not eat a healthy breakfast in the morning suffer both academically and socially. They also suffer physically, often with obesity being the result.
You know how you, as an adult, feel if you skip breakfast. However, you are probably muddling through that feeling with coffee. Now just imagine if your brain was developing and growing at the rate of a child. That empty tummy you experience if you skip breakfast is nothing compared to what a child will feel, or how a child will suffer.
With that said, we know that eating a healthy breakfast every morning is important, especially for a child. An easy way to ensure your child gets a healthy, well-rounded meal in the morning is with breakfast casseroles.
I can hear you saying right now; “But I can’t make a breakfast casserole in the morning!” You don’t have to. Avoid a lot of preparation in the morning by planning ahead and you won’t skip a beat during the morning rush. Design a few breakfast casserole recipes to suit your family member’s tastes and make several smaller casseroles on the weekend and put them in the refrigerator. I’m working on loading up the site with recipes this month for you. Now, before you wake your children up for school, pop the casserole in the oven. Before they walk out of the door, they’ll have a delightfully delicious and nutritious, warm breakfast to wake them (and their brains!) up.
There is so much you can add to a casserole to meet everyone’s nutritional needs. To wake up your brain you want to eat foods that are high in protein, good carbs, fiber, calcium, iron, other minerals, and lots of vitamins.
Make a breakfast casserole that contains whole-wheat or multi-grain bread, eggs, milk, maybe some cheese, meat, poultry or seafood, and vegetables, too, for a savory nutrition-packed dish. If your child prefers a sweet breakfast, make a breakfast casserole that contains the same hearty bread, eggs, and milk, then add fruit and even nuts to the mix. You still get the protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, but this time in a sweeter version.
With a nutritious breakfast, you can boost body and brain function, helping your child feel better and think better so he or she can perform better in school and throughout the day. All of this in one simple to make breakfast casserole!
There are many great ways to get the nutrition needed in the morning, but breakfast casseroles are definitely a great option. They are versatile, easy to mix up and serve, and ready when you are. How will you start your day out tomorrow? Give your brain, and your child’s brain, a chance to wake up with a hearty and healthy breakfast casserole.
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