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Eating Breakfast May Improve Cognitive Functions

October 23, 2011

Eating a nutritious breakfast can have positive effects on your child’s learning and overall health and well-being.

According to researchers, evidence shows that breakfast consumption may improve cognitive function related to memory, test scores and school attendance. Breakfast eaters also tend to behave better, get along with peers, and are more attentive—all of which can positively effect academic performance.

Breakfast literally “breaks” the overnight “fast.” It replenishes needed nutrients and provides kids with energy to start their day. Choosing the right breakfast not only fuels body and brain, it contributes to the overall nutrient content of your child’s diet. In addition, breakfast eaters tend to consume more calcium, dietary fiber, zinc, riboflavin, iron and vitamins A and C, which are all essential for healthy growth and development.

Ideally, a nutritious breakfast will include a variety of foods from different food groups. Start with whole grain breads and cereals. They are loaded with vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber, which increases feelings of fullness and helps prevent hunger pains throughout the morning. High-fiber, low-sugar, fortified and ready-to-eat cereal is a simple and easy choice. Other smart and economical breakfast selections include English muffins, toast or oatmeal.

Protein is an essential nutrient for growing bodies and helps children stay focused throughout the morning. Simple and versatile selections include reduced or low fat milk, an egg, a slice of cheese, cottage cheese, peanut butter, or low fat yogurt. For a lean meat choice try Canadian bacon or deli meat, like chicken or turkey. Continue to add variety by tossing in a fruit or vegetable serving. Top cereal with strawberries, blueberries, or a banana or serve a glass of 100% fruit juice. Mix chopped bell peppers, mushrooms or onions into an omelet, breakfast burrito or stuffed pita.

Take steps to make the morning rush less hectic. Keep simple breakfast items stocked and easily accessible. Prepare some items the evening before or pack a breakfast to go. Even a simple and quick breakfast can be healthy. And remember: Parents are important role models; so if you sit down for breakfast, your children are more likely to do the same.

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has been helping people of all ages improve their cognitive and memory skills. Find out more about Optiminds programs by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or email us at: And be sure to visit our website at

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