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Don’t Let Your Child Skip Breakfast!

As parents we hear breakfast is an important meal, yet many kids aren’t eating it.

Research shows that kids who eat breakfast have:

  • Improved concentration
  • Better memory
  • Longer attention spans
  • Better grades

Unfortunately, studies also show that as kids grow older,  skipping breakfast gets worse. One survey in 2011 showed 33% of elementary age children report skipping breakfast. By the time they get to high school, the estimates are as high as 64% of students are skipping breakfast! This is really bad news because as academics get more difficult – requiring more focus, attention and memory – teens are putting themselves at a disadvantage by skipping breakfast.

Why do kids skip breakfast?

  • Mornings are rushed…they choose to sleep a little longer
  • “I’m not hungry”
  • Food insecurity
  • Long bus rides …can’t eat on the bus
  • Weight loss strategy…research shows this is false!

By insisting that your child eats breakfast, you’re setting them up for academic success!

For quick, healthy breakfast ideas check the archives.

You can also find many tips and strategies contributed by over 400 Nutrition Experts in my book, 400 Moms…Discover What 400 Nutrition Experts Feed Their Kids.

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The Inspiration for the 400 Moms Book

The inspiration for this book came after many years of fellow Moms asking me questions about how I feed my kids.   Knowing that I was a Registered Dietitian and a mother of 3 boys, Moms would ask me food-related questions while watching our kids’ play baseball and soccer or while standing outside of school waiting for the bell to ring.

 Among the many, many conversations, some of the most common questions were:

“Do you allow your kids to eat chips?”

“What do you think of sports drinks?”

“How often do your kids eat Fast Food?”

The short answers are occasionally;  not much;  and about once every 6 months.

The longer, more useful answers you’ll find in the 400 Moms book.

In the midst of one of these conversations, I thought, “I wonder what other Registered Dietitians do?   Would their answers be the same as mine?”    It occurred to me that the ideas and strategies I use might be different than what other Nutrition Experts have found useful, and wouldn’t it be great to share all of these ideas with Moms everywhere, not just in my community!

So I embarked on surveying Registered Dietitians who willingly and graciously answered all of my questions.   Over 400 Nutrition Experts provided input to help make this book a comprehensive “Go-To” guide for Moms like you.

My hope for you is that after reading the 400 Moms book, you will have answers to your questions and simple, practical strategies that help you provide healthier choices to your child.

Here’s to your healthy, thriving child!

Jill West, RD

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