Numerous studies done over the past 20 years have shown that eating a healthy breakfast can improve memory, concentration, creativity, problem solving, and mood. This video shows how a good breakfast can help you perform better at school, but always eating breakfast helps you reach and maintain a healthy weight too.
- Aim for a breakfast that includes at least three of the five main food groups. Combinations like eggs, whole-grain toast, and milk; or cereal, milk, and an apple.
- Choose whole-grain bread, cereal, or oatmeal to start your day.
- Choose low-fat dairy options, or fortified soy milk if you're lactose intolerant.
- Look for cold cereal brands that have no trans fat, little or no added sugar, and list a whole grain as a first ingredient.
- Top your cereal with fruits like bananas, berries, or peaches.
- Mix fruit and granola into low-fat yogurt.
- Pack breakfast if you're running late, like fruit, yogurt, whole grain bagel, or hard-boiled egg.
- Avoid pastries and sugary cereals; the energy they give won't last long.