YES! It is the most important meal of the day and we know this … But why do students consistently “miss” breakfast? Recently Year 9 PASS and Year 8 looked at nutrition and how it affects their lifestyle.
Reasons given by these students for not having breakfast include:
“No time”, “not hungry”, “trying to eat less”, “would rather sleep”, “not sure what I want”.
Hmmmmmmmm . . . These are common reasons, but are they valid?
Breakfast actually means “breaking the fast”, because we eat after our fast which is our sleep of 8 to 9 hours.
According to the Better Health Channel, benefits of having breakfast include:
- Helping to control your weight, less risk of becoming overweight or obese.
- Breakfast boosts brainpower. Studies have shown regular breakfast eaters are more focused, perform better and feel better than those who do not. Also supplies energy for the morning classes.
- Breakfast helps you make better food choices, you are less likely to snack on foods that are low in fibre and have excess sugar and salt.
Choices for breakfast vary and can be time efficient:
- Fruit, yoghurt and the usual breakfast-foods cereal, toast.
There are other options that some of the students came up with to encourage their motivation to eat breakfast:
- Making their own juice or smoothie, “as long as Mum can wash up” as they are in a rush!
- Leftovers from the night before: nothing wrong with that, as these are usually nutritious, and I love a slice of homemade veg pizza from the night before!
- Take food to school with them to eat with friends before class, such as yoghurt, fruit, sandwich/wraps, dry cereal (one of my favourites) and other delectable healthy items.
So, there really is no excuse to not eat breakfast. Just be organised, as items can be organised before the week or the night before and there are so many trendy containers to choose from!
Try it, notice the difference and let this writer know! For further reading please click here.
– Ms Kate Hoare, PDHPE Teacher