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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 improve concentration and maintain healthy energy levels throughout the day. 

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Fast and Easy Ideas 

Here are some simple ideas to help teens eat a healthy breakfast: 

  • Prepare food the night before so it is ready and quick to eat. (e.g. sandwich, fruit salad) 

  • If you’re not hungry in the morning, have a healthy smoothie (milk, yoghurt and fruit) instead of a regular breakfast meal 


  • Pack a snack to be eaten on the way to school, for example fruit, cheese and wholemeal crackers 

  • Choose foods with whole grains because they release energy more slowly across the morning. 


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Eat Well, Sleep Well

Some weight-conscious teens may think that skipping breakfast will help them lose weight; however, skipping meals may lead to weight gain long term. Teens that are finding it hard to get up in the morning may need to go 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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