Brainy Breakfast!

Brainy Breakfasts

Many people have found, no matter what the project, that small, incremental steps lead to success. With September right around the corner, a new month, new season, and setting back to school routines, its a perfect time to set new goals and take small steps to better health.

Much has been written about the importance of eating breakfast. But, with “back to school” thoughts in the air, its time to rethink breakfast. We have all heard that breakfast is the most “important meal of the day”. It’s true. Especially for the kids, who even with a bedtime snack have probably been fasting for 10 – 12 hours!

Mix in the anxiety/excitement of going back to school, and morning rush, it is easy to see how breakfast is missed. Or grabbed at the local donut shop.

According to the Franklin Institute, brain function is directly related to breakfast. And complex carbohydrates are more beneficial that fat or protein! “Dr. Carol Greenwood, emphasized the advantage of nutritious carbohydrates – fruits, vegetables, and whole grains – instead of simple sugars such as pastries. Her studies point to the importance of children’s breakfasts to school performance.”

The food our body and brain, need in the morning include whole-grain bread and cereal, fruit and milk. And not sugar!

Our family favourite is uncooked oats! We pour whole-grain oats in a bowl (1/3 – 1/2 cup), cover it with equal amout of milk, and let it soak while we dress, then put cut up fruit on top. To add a special touch, I sometime add a “glop” of yogurt on top or a tablespoon of sunflower seeds or sliced almonds.

Oats are a great source of fiber and low in fat, sodium, and sugar.

So, feed your brain in the morning with the fuel your brain uses produce the energy to learn, remember, and problem-solve.


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