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The Benefits of eating (the right kind of) breakfast

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Most people would agree that eating a healthy breakfast is important, but do you actually know why? Eating a healthy breakfast has many benefits including not only better nutrition, but also improved school performance as well as better weight management. Sadly, studies show that 1 in 3 people skip breakfast globally. But don’t worry, we’re here to change that! And it starts with each mom realizing how easy it is to prepare a healthy, balanced, and yummy breakfast that the whole family will love.

Moms, are your kids skipping breakfast? Does the stress of the morning rush revolve around getting yourself and your kids ready—sometimes even coming down to choosing between drying your hair or putting a little more love into the family's breakfast?

Finding the time to make the right kind of breakfast can sometimes be a challenge, but here’s why you should put in a little extra effort into preparing the first meal of the day for your family (we promise, it’s worth it!)

Here, moms, are reasons why breakfast is important and shouldn’t be skipped:

Breakfast also helps to:

  • Improve our overall mood
  • Boost energy in the morning
  • Maintain a healthy weight

So yes, breakfast is king, but before you make a feast out of it, wait. The heaps of benefits don’t give you license to serve just about anything on the table.

What constitutes a healthy breakfast?

While breakfast favorites such as Tapsilog and Arroz a la Cubana (364 and a whopping 715 calories respectively according to myfitnesspal.com), their everyday consumption should be restricted because of their high calorie, fat and sodium count as well as low amounts of  vitamins, minerals and fiber.

So how do you know if the breakfast you’re serving your family is healthy and nutritious?

The rule of thumb is that breakfast should be balanced.

Familiarizing yourself with the food groups will help make meal preparation a breeze. These categories serve as a great guide to identifying what a meal may be lacking or having too much of.

Serving food from just one group over and over again, even though that item is deemed to be healthy itself, fails to give the body the complete nutrition it needs.

For a healthy and balanced breakfast, always check if your family is having at least one item from each of the four food groups. This gives the body a balanced start to the day -- one that is packed with energy-boosters and essential nutrients.

The four food groups

Experts all agree that a healthy and balanced breakfast should include the four food groups, meaning: fruits or vegetables, dairy, meat and its alternatives (e.g. tofu, nuts, quinoa), and grains, particularly whole grains for added nutrition.

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Grains are the main energy source in diets yet are rarely perceived as the most interesting part of a meal.

It’s definitely something to get excited about, moms, as whole grains in particular, pack quite a nutritional punch!

Why whole grains are better

Whole grain consumption helps reduce the risk of obesity, cardiovascular diseases,  and type 2 diabetes. It is also a source of fiber that improves digestion and overall health.

With all these benefits, it’s easy to see why adding whole grains to your family’s daily diet is an act of pure love! It’s easy to incorporate, too. No need for additional hours slaving away in the kitchen.

Simply stock up your kitchen with ready-to-eat, whole grain foods -- breads and cereals that are labeled as such. Having these on hand gives your family the energy and nutrition they need, while allowing you a little more time to get yourself ready for the busy day ahead.

Go on, mom, try balancing your family’s breakfast and include whole grains as part of the meal. You’ll find that rushing to prepare breakfast would soon be a thing of the past and that a healthy breakfast for the whole family is as easy as remembering 1, 2, 3… 4 food groups!

Here’s to happy, healthy mornings, mms!

Republished with permission from: theAsianparent Singapore

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