Breakfasts are extremely essential due to the simple reason that after a long fast of about eight hours of sleeping, our body is in need of some fuel to carry out the various activities of the day. Skipping breakfast is not at all a good idea, as it will only lead to increased appetite and more food consumption during later meals. Breakfast fuels the body with the much-needed energy.
The real nutritional value of breakfasts should not be underestimated. It is also not a healthy practice to substitute breakfasts with a cup of coffee or a glass of water. Studies have shown that, compared to those people who have a nutritious breakfast, those who are deprived of it remains less active and efficient.
Children who do not eat breakfast are found to have shorter attention spans, especially late in the morning.
Though their energy level enhances during the afternoon session, they are found to be exhausted by the end of the day. More over, children who are deprived of nutritious and well-balanced breakfasts are likely to take in more junk food to suppress their hunger as the day advances. Parents should keep in mind that it is difficult for kids to get adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals from merely two meals a day. Snacks that are high in fat, oil and sugar are always low in their nutritional value.
Breakfasts are found to result in improved mental performance and concentration. Hungry children naturally experience learning difficulties when compared to their well-nourished counterparts. Breakfasts that are rich in fiber and carbohydrates help the kids to feel full for a longer period of time. Thus they will be tempted to snack less in between.
If a glass of orange juice is given an hour before the breakfast time, children are likely to feel more hungry as the juice will act as an appetizer. A kid who is not used to taking breakfasts should be first introduced to lesser quantities. Gradually, he can be made to eat a full breakfast, rich in nutrition.