School breakfast: a time-saving, nutritious choice
Getting sleepy kids ready and off to school can be a challenge for parents. Most don't want to sacrifice sleep for a more manageable morning routine. Some may skip breakfast, but with unintended consequences.
Research makes a solid case for eating breakfast, whether at home or at school. The study, “Ending Childhood Hunger: A Social Impact Analysis” from Share Our Strength and Deloitte states that students who eat breakfast achieve an average 17.5% higher scores on standardized math tests and attend 1.5 more days of school. Students who attend school regularly are 20% more likely to graduate from high school.
Rather than skipping breakfast, parents should delegate the responsibility to their children's schools. Every school day, schools provide a nutritious, balanced breakfast to kids in every grade. The breakfasts are generally convenient for students to eat on the go, even if they arrive only a few minutes before school starts.
School breakfasts deliver the nutrition students need to concentrate on their studies and fuel them until lunchtime. The U.S. federal nutritional guidelines that govern school meal programs require school breakfasts to include fruit or fruit juice every day as well as whole grains. Students may have cereal, yogurt, a bagel with cream cheese, or waffles, pancakes or French toast sticks. Kid-friendly foods keep them interested and eating well throughout the school year.
Convenient and economical
School breakfast is undoubtedly convenient for busy parents. It’s also relatively inexpensive. Because the government subsidizes a portion of school meals and schools purchase large quantities of food at discounted prices, schools can serve the same food kids may eat at home for less cost. That means parents can save themselves some grocery costs as well as preparation and clean-up time. Not to mention their morning could become a little less stressful, thanks to school breakfast!