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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as it sets your system going all through the day after long break of food from the previous night. 

Breakfast is highly essential to give the body the refueling it needs. Kids who eat breakfast tend to eat healthier overall and are more likely to participate in physical activities — two great ways to help maintain a healthy weight.

Skipping breakfast can make kids feel tired, restless, or irritable. In the morning, their bodies need to refuel for the day ahead after going without food for 8 to 12 hours during sleep. Their mood and energy can drop by midmorning if they don't eat at least a small morning meal.

Kids who don't eat breakfast often consume more calories throughout the day and are more likely to be overweight and obese. Because someone who skips breakfast is likely to get too hungry before lunchtime and as result eat high-calorie foods or overeat at lunch.

It's important for kids to have breakfast every day, but what they eat in the morning is crucial too. Choosing foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein while low in sugar may boost kids' attention span, concentration, and memory, which they need for learning in school.

The morning meal doesn't have to be all about traditional breakfast items. You can mix it up to include different foods, even the leftovers from last night's dinner, and still provide the nutrients and energy kids need for the day.

Try to serve a balanced breakfast that includes some carbohydrates, protein, and fiber.

Carbs are a good source of immediate energy for the body. Energy from protein tends to kick in after the carbs are used up. Fiber helps provide a feeling of fullness and, therefore, discourages overeating. And when combined with heathy drinks, fiber helps move food through the digestive system, preventing constipation and lowering cholesterol.

Good sources of these nutrients include:

carbohydrates: whole-grain cereals, brown rice, whole-grain breads and muffins, fruits, vegetables

protein: low-fat or nonfat dairy products, lean meats, eggs, nuts (including nut butters), seeds, and cooked dried beans

fiber: whole-grain breads, cereals, brown rice, bran, and other grains; fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts

Finally, what not to serve for breakfast is important too. Don’t provide foods that are high in sugar and low in nutrition value, especially pastries, nutrition bars and ready mix food. 

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