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National School Breakfast Week March 7-11th, 2016

Posted by Jessica Diaz
Jessica Diaz
Jessica Diaz, is the Public Relations and Marketing Manager for Whitsons Culinary Group. Jessica manages the ...
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on Monday, 07 March 2016 in School Nutrition Blog

NationalSchoolBreakfastWeekfinalNational School Breakfast Week is March 7-11th. The purpose and value of this National campaign is to emphasize the importance of eating a healthy breakfast every day. Whitsons School Nutrition believes in the importance of a healthy school breakfast and encourages students with our nutrition programs. Eating a healthy breakfast can help ensure students are ready to face the challenges of the school day and reach their full potential.

 

Why Breakfast?

Breakfast allows for the body to refuel itself and students who eat breakfast start their bodies metabolism process. The metabolism process helps the body burn calories, which will aid in maintaining a healthy body weight.

 

What are the benefits of a Child Eating Breakfast?

Studies have shown an increase in both attention skills and knowledge retention when students begin their day with a balanced, nutritious breakfast. Studies have also shown that students who skip breakfast are at higher risk for obesity due to over-eating later in the day, slower metabolisms and the tendency to choose less healthy choices.

 

What are the Best Choices for Breakfast?

Whole grains and fiber- For boosting a child’s attention span, choose breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, and fiber such as cereals, toast, and oatmeal. Oatmeal alone contains whole grain carbs that provide energy to the brain, and protein and fiber to make you feel full for a longer time and keep distracting hunger pangs away.

 

Protein- Eggs are a great source of protein. Eggs contain vitamin B2, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. Eggs being in rich in omega-3 fatty acids are also excellent for brain health, improving memory and cognitive support.  The protein from eggs will also keep your child feeling full until lunchtime. Students who do not eat breakfast have a tendency to snack on high-calorie foods and overeat at lunch.

 

Fruit- Either in the form of a fruit cup or a natural fruit juice, the benefits of eating fruit for breakfast are advantageous. Fruit such as berries, are filled with sweet flavor and essential vitamins and minerals. The natural fruit sugars will help the body wake up and keep the mind and body energized. The fiber will also stimulate digestive juices in the stomach, which will help cleanse the body of waste. Making a habit of eating a healthy breakfast will ensure that your child will have healthy eating habits as adults.

 

 

Contributor: Jessica Diaz

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are strictly those of the author and should not be construed as the opinions of Whitsons Culinary Group or any of its affiliates.  All content and material contained in this blog is provided for informational purposes only, and no representation is made as to the accuracy or completeness of this information.  It is general information that may not apply to you as an individual.  It is not medical advice and should not be treated as such.  You should not rely on the information in this blog as a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

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Jessica Diaz, is the Public Relations and Marketing Manager for Whitsons Culinary Group. Jessica manages the company’s public relations efforts, developing press releases and maintaining media relations as well as developing social media strategies and campaigns. She is an avid blogger, spcial media influencer, photographer, designer, videographer, and editor-in-chief of Whitsons’ e-newsletter overseeing the corporate website, school nutrition portals, and Whitsons Career Connections social pages. Jessica also oversees the development of campaigns and programs such as Chefology and Elmers Organic Gardens. Jessica brings to her position years of experience in marketing brand management, public relations and product development within the food manufacturing industry. Connect with Jessica on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter @JessicaZDiaz!

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