Many teens skip breakfast either because they cannot get up in time or because they do not feel hungry. Healthy breakfasts need a balance of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats to help improve concentration and keep energy levels throughout the day.
Try being a role model by eating breakfast too, as it will not only set an example but help you with energy for the morning and day.
Fast and Easy Ideas
Here are some simple ideas to help teens eat a healthy breakfast:
Prepare food the night before or over the weekend, so it is ready and quick to eat (e.g., sandwich, fruit salad, savoury muffins or overnight oats).
If your teen is not hungry in the morning, try encouraging a healthy smoothie (milk, yoghurt and fruit) instead of a regular breakfast.
Pack a snack to be eaten on the way to school, for example, fruit, yoghurt or cheese and wholemeal crackers.
Choose foods with whole grains because they release energy more slowly across the morning.
For more info check out Healthy Eating Habits link below https://raisingchildren.net.au/teens/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-eating-habits/breakfast
Eat Well, Sleep Well
Teens that find it hard to get up in the morning may need to go to bed earlier to ensure they get enough sleep and have time to eat breakfast in the morning. Some teens may think skipping breakfast will help them lose weight; however, skipping meals may lead to long-term weight gain.
[Source: Better Health Victoria; Dietitians Association of Australia; Raising Children Network; Healthy Kids]
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