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Health Tip: Fuel Your Child With a Good Breakfast

Health Tip: Fuel Your Child With a Good Breakfast

(HealthDay News) -- Many experts say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Your child's breakfast should include a healthy balance of fruits and vegetables, proteins, grains and dairy.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers these suggestions for a good breakfast:

  • If you have a picky eater, a few rolled up pieces of ham and cheese are a more nutritious option than waffles covered in sugary syrup.

  • Offer foods that your child enjoys. Include a spread of peanut butter or almond butter for an excellent protein source.

  • If your child loves sugary cereals, mix the sugary offering with a more nutritious option. The youngster may not even notice.

  • If your child has been going through a growth spurt or has been particularly active, the child may require more calories, notably at breakfast.

  • Offer healthy choices, even when everyone's on the run Always include fresh fruit, a bag of trail mix or a batch of smoothies.

  • Always read nutritional labels. Opt for unprocessed foods as often as possible.

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Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.