Confused about breakfast? As a busy parent, trying to provide your child with a healthy breakfast before dashing out the door can be a daunting task. While it may be tempting to grab that box of cereal that your children may love, lets take a moment to look at the ingredients.
Unfortunately, most cereals for children contain high amounts of sugar and very little or no protein. Sugar affects children even more profoundly than adults and is one of the primary toxins that our kids face everyday. Sugar instability will deplete the immune system, hinder the ability to focus, and result in lowered energy levels throughout the day.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently rated the best and worst breakfast cereals for children by looking at the sugar content. Their findings were as follows:
1. kellogg Honey Smacks
2. Post Golden Crisp
3. Kellogg’s Fruit Loops Marshmellow
4. Quaker Oats Cap n crunch
5. Kellog’s Apple Jacks
For the complete list, take a look at www.ewg.org.
I am not a big fan of breakfast cereals and prefer that children leave the house with some substaantial protein source prior to leaving the house. Instead of cereal, consider the following for a healthful morning start.
1. Eggs in any form
2. Nut Butters on toast, bagel, waffles
3. Smoothies with addded protein (protein support, nuts)
5. Dairy or Nondairy Yogurt, Cheese
We know that lower protein intake in children leads to more insulin reactivity. This will translate into symptoms that are often diagnosed as ADD/ADHD, behavioral issues, and fatigue.
For school age children, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!