Eating healthy food is important especially for kids at school. Many studies have found links between breakfast consumption and cognitive function and performance in school-going children. In one study (Cooper, 2011), breakfast consumption produced higher self-report energy and fullness, lower self-report of tiredness and hunger and higher blood glucose concentrations.
Here are some healthier meal choices you can encourage your child to eat at school recess time.
Reference: Cooper SB1, Bandelow S, Nevill ME., Breakfast consumption and cognitive function in adolescent schoolchildren. Physiol Behav. 2011 Jul 6;103(5):431-9. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2011.03.018. Epub 2011 Mar 23.
By Suzanne Khor, Senior Dietician
Suzanne Khor has been practicing as a clinical dietician for the past 15 years. She obtained her postgraduate degree (Masters of Health Science Education) from University of Sydney Australia. Her special interests are nutrition in feeding difficulties, diet therapy for neurological disorders, eating disorders and weight management
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This was first published in Parenting with Love: Preparing your child for Primary School