Teachers and students are beginning a new school year. Every parent sending their children off to school may ask about the best way they can reassure a healthy and successful year for them.

Starting the day with a nutritious breakfast can provide a great start. The brain needs fuel to think, and the body has functions that require nourishment. Studies show that students who eat a healthy breakfast before school have improved concentration, better test scores, increased energy, improved comprehension and memory, and healthier body weight.

Try preparing food for breakfast the night before. Have an idea of what you’re planning on eating each day during the week. It’s amazing how this small tip may eliminate the chaos and rushing of a school day. If oatmeal is your breakfast choice, measure the ingredients and set out the utensils and the toppings the night before. A favorite breakfast drink, green tea, can be ready quickly, using the individual packets. It gives you a natural, energized lift to start the day. Some other make-ahead ideas to prepare the night before are breakfast bowls, protein mini-pancake bites, fruit and yogurt parfaits, peanut butter and cereal breakfast bites, and freezer-friendly breakfast quesadillas.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There is an abundance of quick and easy ideas to serve for breakfast. Try searching “Quick Breakfast Ideas” online. Even I am finding some new and easy breakfast meals to prepare.

Building a healthy and successful school year requires renewed attention to important routines, such as starting off the school day with a healthy breakfast. This is an important, healthy routine that can be shared by both students and parents. Kick-start your brain and your body each morning by making breakfast a priority!

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