While the expression “breakfast is the most important meal” is subject to debate, there is no doubt a healthy breakfast gives children a strong start to the school day. And healthful snacking helps keep them going throughout the day.
“The American Academy of Pediatrics has noted distinct benefits from children having a healthy breakfast,” said Dr. Jenna Anding, professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service nutrition specialist, College Station. “Among these are evidence that children who eat breakfast have a lower BMI than those who skip breakfast, and those who have breakfast have more energy and concentration. And this may lead to better academic performance.”