Tuesday, September 12, 2023

The Power of Breakfast: Fueling Your Child's Success



As an educator, author, and dedicated advocate for helping families avoid college loans, I know that setting the right foundation in the early years can make all the difference. Breakfast, as it turns out, is a cornerstone of that foundation.

There are many health and educational benefits of ensuring your child enjoys a wholesome breakfast every day. I'm sure you'll appreciate how starting the day right can lead to lifelong well-being. Here's what the experts have to say:

1. Boosted Metabolism: "A nutritious breakfast jumpstarts your child's metabolism, helping them burn calories more efficiently throughout the day." - Dr. Sarah Johnson, pediatrician.

2. Improved Concentration: "Children who eat a balanced breakfast are better able to focus and concentrate in school. This can lead to improved academic performance." - Dr. Lisa Martinez, education specialist.

3. Enhanced Nutrient Intake: "Kids who eat breakfast tend to have a more balanced diet, which can help them grow and develop properly." - Karen White, registered dietitian.


As a retired teacher and education blogger, I’m aware of the impact nutrition can have on a child's ability to learn and thrive in the classroom. Here's what the experts and studies have to say:

1. Increased Academic Achievement: “Students who ate breakfast regularly scored higher on standardized tests and had better grades.” - American Dietetic Association.

2. Enhanced Cognitive Function: "Breakfast provides the brain with the necessary fuel to function optimally. Children who eat breakfast are more alert, have better memory retention, and are more creative in problem-solving." - Dr. Susan Turner, educational psychologist.

3. Improved Attendance and Behavior: “Students who ate breakfast had fewer absences and disciplinary issues.” - Journal of School Health.

 The recipes below are not only nourishing, but also convenient for busy mornings:

1. Greek Yogurt Parfait: Layer Greek yogurt with fresh berries, honey, and a sprinkle of granola. This breakfast is rich in protein, fiber, and antioxidants, providing sustained energy and brain-boosting nutrients.

2. Avocado Toast with Eggs: Mash ripe avocado on whole-grain toast and top it with a sunny-side-up egg. Avocados offer healthy fats, while eggs provide protein and choline, crucial for brain development.

3. Oatmeal with Nut Butter and Banana: Cook oats with milk or a dairy-free alternative and stir in a spoonful of almond or peanut butter. Add sliced bananas for natural sweetness and a dose of potassium.

Lots more recipes in this fabulous cookbook, Blue Zones American Kitchen by Dan Buettner, CLICK HERE . I'm sure you and your family will enjoy them. 

"The impact of breakfast on a child's cognitive abilities is akin to sharpening the mind's tools for learning. It's a non-negotiable investment in their future." - Professor John Davis, Education Researcher.

Helpful tool for making breakfast in advance, CLICK HERE (ad). 


To ensure the accuracy of the information in this article, I've relied on reputable sources, including:

1. American Academy of Pediatrics

2. American Dietetic Association

3. Journal of School Health

4. National Institutes of Health

5. USDA's ChooseMyPlate.gov

For more information, you’ll want my book, Free College, CLICK HERE . It teaches families how to help their kids become more successful in school, college and life.


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