By Michelle Edelbaum, August 29, 2011 - 3:28pm
My son is a fruit fiend. He’d eat blueberries, watermelon, bananas and grapes (and nothing else!) morning, noon and night if I let him. There are many mornings when I’m lucky if I can get him to eat anything more than fruit before we have to get out the door. But working as the digital editor at EatingWell Magazine, I’ve read enough from our nutrition experts to know that’s not enough to fuel my boy’s active body and brain until snack or lunchtime. Since I know you can’t force a child to eat, my tactic is to offer him the best breakfast around, with some of that fruit he loves so much on top as an incentive. (It worked this morning—hooray for frozen blueberries!)
So what’s the best breakfast to feed kids to fuel their brain and body for the day? Oatmeal! Research shows that fueling your kids with slower-burning carbohydrates (also called low-glycemic-index foods) like oatmeal, instead of faster-burning, or high-glycemic-index, breakfast foods (like sugary cereals) helps them maintain their concentration and attention throughout the morning. (More food sources of slower-burning carbohydrate include bran cereals and whole-wheat bagels.)
Don’t Miss: 3 More Foods That Boost Kids’ Brain Power
Here are a few more reasons why oatmeal rocks:
If oatmeal is a tough sell for your kids, try these grab-and-go Apricot-Walnut Cereal Bars & More Easy Recipes with Oats.
Here’s a simple way to make a bowl of oatmeal, and some topping suggestions to make it tasty:
Bring 1 cup of water (or nonfat or low-fat milk) and a pinch of salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats and reduce the heat to medium; cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 2 to 3 minutes.
Fun Oatmeal Topping Ideas for Kids
Related Links from EatingWell: