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The "Most Important" Meal of the Day?

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Breakfast is often referred to as, "the most important meal of the day."  Really?  What’s the big deal?  Why bother with breakfast, anyway?

One of the “bennies” (benefits) of breakfast is that it improves school performance. When kids skip breakfast, it is more likely that they will have a tough time staying focused and on-task in school, and that they become tired and irritable. 

Another benefit of breakfast is that it improves nutrition. This is because it increases the likelihood that the breakfast-eater will meet his/her needs for nutrients such as calcium, iron, riboflavin, folic acid, iron, and vitamins A and D, and less fat.

A third benefit is that breakfast-eaters tend to make healthier food choices all day long.  Unfortunately, breakfast-skippers may overeat later in the day, but yet fail to make up for the nutrients they missed by skipping breakfast. 

Whether choosing traditional or non-traditional foods for breakfast, make it your goal to aim for variety by including foods from three or four different food groups.  Keep in mind that a breakfast which includes protein has been shown to help people perform better on tests that involve thinking and concentration, and that milk, cheese, yogurt, peanut butter, eggs, meats, pinto beans, black beans, and other dry beans and peas are foods that are good sources of protein for our bodies.

Practical tips for making breakfast happen at your house, despite busy or hectic mornings, plus breakfast menu ideas and recipes are included in the NDSU Extension publication, “Now Serving: Breakfast.”  It is available from the extension office, or online.

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