Most Americans don’t eat breakfast regularly. A huge breakfast survey was done by Kellogg and it found that most adults would like to eat breakfast every day, but only 1/2 actually do. The survey also showed that breakfast consumption drops as kids get older. By middle school, only about half are eating breakfast, and in High School only about 36 percent.
As some of you already know, I am a middle school teacher. So many of my students have come to me telling me they are hungry, tired, they can’t pay attention, and they have a headache. The first question I ask them is, “What did you eat for breakfast?” About half the time they did eat something. The memorable answers I’ve gotten are: A Monster (energy drink), Fruit punch (red stain on the upper lip still visible), cereal, coffee, a donut, McDonalds sweet tea… So if only half of middle school kids are eating breakfast and half of those are eating things like sugar and junk, could there be a link with our less than perfect education in America?
This leads me to my point. Breakfast is important! Whether you’re a kid, a teen, an adult, or a dog you need food in order to thrive. The extra suckie thing about being a middle schooler is that they cannot just take a break at school and go grab a snack. They literally have to rush from class to class (7 to be exact) with only a short lunch break to eat. Sometimes these same kids have to report to tutoring, lunch detention, or fix their locker jam during valuable eating time. They are literally starving all day. This can obviously lead to learning and behavior issues. I know from personal experience, you don’t want to mess with me when I’m hungry. I can get very crazy. Ask anyone who is close to me (sorry hubby)!
As a minor remedy for my students, I have started keeping snacks in my classroom. When a kid tells me they are so hungry they are going to eat their paper, or they are slamming their head down on the desk more than usual, I quietly call them over and give them a snack. Every once in a while I have caught kids eating paper, erasers, and other non-edible items. This is obviously not normal behavior. My point is… no human being can act normal, focus and learn without breakfast!
As soon as you eat in the morning your metabolism starts running, and your brain starts functioning. It is important to eat something that’s full of protein, whether it be eggs, greek yogurt, or whole grain bread with peanut butter on it. The protein will help your brain wake up and help you focus on whatever you’re doing (driving to work, photocopying papers, talking in a coherent manner to co-workers, etc). Also, if you eat something sugary, fruit punch for example, your sugar levels will be all out of wack and you will be feeling pretty grouchy. And FYI, bagels, sugary cereals, and other breads with white flour turn into sugar and do the same thing to your system! ugh.
Here is a typical breakfast for me. An egg or 2, baked ham, cheddar cheese, and a piece of whole grain toast cut in half. I take a piece of fruit and a greek yogurt with me to work for a snack. If I don’t have this in the morning I am usually the one banging my head on my desk with a headache by mid-morning. I actually revert back to a pubescent emotional teenager and I wouldn’t suggest getting near me. I also need some coffee, of course!
Almond milk… more calcium than regular milk. Tastes great in coffee, cereal, smoothies, or oatmeal.
My new favorite bread…I keep it in the freezer. It contains sprouted grains as opposed to processed flour. Sounds weird, but it’s really tasty and very good for your body. It is located in the freezer section in the healthy food aisle. It took me 3 employees including the store manager to locate.
P.S. Eating a good breakfast every morning will help you lose weight (if you so desire). It keeps me less hungry throughout the day and I’m not ravaging for a candy bar mid-morning.
Stats taken from: