I am going to make a confession. We have been letting the kids eat less than healthy meals, and for part of my New Year’s Resolution series I am going to show you how we are working to make a change. I am a former teacher, so I should definitely know better. Kids require healthy food, especially for breakfast, to have them learn effectively. You always hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so I am going to work harder to make it a priority in our family. I want to give my kids the best start to the day as possible.
How did we get in this rut? It’s hard to say. I think it started with the fact my kids can be picky eaters, and I finally just gave in and let them eat the cereals they wanted. Some cereal we give them are healthy, but I’ve let them have the junkier cereal on occasion too. Another factor that lead to this was the fact that the kids got a little older and more self-sufficient. If they happen to wake up early (it seems to vary on what times they wake up, and not sure why), then we let them get cereal to eat if they’re hungry. When they were younger they would just wake us up when they got up early, but that doesn’t always happen anymore and they just grab something to eat.
I think I need to make eating breakfast more of an event; something that we can share in together before they leave for school. The other confession is that they don’t always sit at the table to eat breakfast. Sometimes they will take their food into the living room and read, play games, or watch TV while they eat. I need to make eating breakfast a “sit at the table”event.
What I like about making a change is that I can get more time with the kids before they leave for school, and I can get them to eat healthier options if I’m the one preparing it for them. I want to work on getting more protein in their diet, and what better way than a little eggs and bacon for breakfast! First we needed to stock up on a few more things than cereal.
I told my kids I wanted to get up and make them a healthy breakfast before school tomorrow, so we decided to head to Walmart and pick-up a few things they would like. They love bacon, so we decided on the Jennie-O turkey bacon which is a healthier option. We also grabbed some eggs and whole-grain waffles. When they had testing at school this past fall we made sure to give a full breakfast like this every morning, but once testing was over we fell back into the same bad habits.
As you can see the kids loved having a healthy and full breakfast before school. Not only did they get more attention from mom, but they also will feel fuller until lunchtime at school and be more “on their game” with their academics. I truly believe food does fuel the brain and I need to help give them that extra push to meet their potential.
There are other families and groups working on this goal as well. Champions for Kids is a group that encourages people to help their community and families with goals for healthier living. Each month they have a different initiative, and this month is to “Make the Switch” to healthier eating with products like Jennie-O and “Give Breakfast a Wake-Up Call.” Eating turkey over other meat is lower in fat and more heart healthy. Here are the goals of the Champions for Kids SIMPLE Service Projects (from their site):
Every SIMPLE Service Project has 4 basic steps:
- GATHER your friends, family, and co-workers.
- LEARN about the needs of children in your community.
- GIVE items to help kids enjoy happier and healthier lives.
- SHARE your story with us to inspire others.
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