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Breakfast

Many people think breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Without it, they say, the brain doesn’t have the energy to work well and you aren't able to concentrate.

Many teens skip breakfast, either because they can't get up in time or they don't feel hungry.

A healthy breakfast needs a balance of carbohydrates, protein and fats to maintain energy levels throughout the day.

Teens and breakfastFast and Easy Ideas

Here are some fast and easy ideas to help encourage your teen to eat breakfast.

  • Breakfast cereals topped with any combination of milk, yoghurt or fruit is quick and easy
  • Toast with cheese or avocado
  • Raisin bread
  • Egg sandwich or wrap
  • Wholemeal savoury muffin
  • Pancakes with fresh fruit
  • Prepare food the night before so it is ready and quick to eat. (i.e. fruit salad)
  • If your teen isn’t hungry in the morning, offer a healthy smoothie (milk yoghurt and a piece of fruit) instead of a regular breakfast meal
  • You can also encourage a small meal at home and pack a snack to be eaten before school starts
  • You can pack a healthy breakfast if they don’t have time at eat at home, for example fruit, cheese stick and wholemeal crackers
  • Choose foods with whole grains, because they release energy more slowly across the morning.

Eat Well, Sleep Well

Some weight-conscious teens may think that skipping breakfast will help them lose weight; however skipping meals may contribute to weight gain long term. You might also want to review how much sleep your teen is getting. If they are finding it hard to get up in the morning they may need to get to bed earlier to ensure they are getting enough sleep.

For more information see How to eat brekkie like a boss on the Dietitian's Association of Australia website.

 

[Source: Better Health Victoria; Dietitians Association of Australia; Raising Children Network; Healthy Kids]

 

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