Getting enough calcium during childhood is important both for growth and having strong bones and teeth. It’s also a great way to prevent diseases like osteoporosis and others for adults!
Dairy products and milk alternatives such as fortified soy beverages, as well as some dark leafy greens such as spinach are delicious sources of calcium that can be added in children’s breakfast.
Potassium is a necessary mineral for proper functioning of our nervous system and muscles, including the heart. Having low potassium may result in loss of appetite and muscle weakness in children.
Bananas, dried apricots, yogurt and dark leafy greens such as spinach and broccoli are rich sources of potassium. Including them into the breakfast menu will be beneficial to the health of school-age children.
Did You Know?
Fruits and cereals are rich in glucose which is a major energy source for the brain! When you skip breakfast, blood glucose levels are low, which may lead to difficulty learning especially over extended periods of time.
Studies have shown that children who consume a healthy and balanced breakfast perform better in school. A healthy breakfast equals better concentration, problem solving skills, and eye-hand coordination.
*A special thanks to the 4th year, Food Nutrition and Health Program students from UBC for these helpful tips and recipes.