As the school year begins, everyone from kindergartners to college freshmen are trying to get into a routine involving long days away from home. Healthy, balanced nutrition should ideally play a large part in the return to classes. According to Brandi Milioto, instructor in the LSU School of Human Ecology, nutritional strategy for school doesn’t differ that much between age groups … and breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, whether you’re 6 years old or 60.
“It is literally needed to break the fast from the night before,” she explained. “A person who doesn’t eat breakfast may not eat anything from around 7 p.m. the night before until around 11 a.m. the next day … that is around 16 hours! Skipping breakfast is only setting yourself or your children up for low attention span, possibly behavioral problems and fatigue.” Also, Milioto commented that not eating breakfast can actually lead to an individual eating more calories later in the day.
“One misconception I have found about breakfast is the idea that you have to prepare a large breakfast with all the works, but that’s simply not the case,” she said.