The Importance of the Breakfast
A balanced breakfast is essential for school age children as it contributes to a more harmonious calories distribution throughout the day and also brings many nutrients that are important during school time, significant growth time and development.
Breakfast brings you the energy you need to face a new day. Not having breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity.
How can a breakfast be balanced?
Breakfast should account for between 20% and 25% of the calories consumed throughout the day. To be balanced, the following food groups must be represented: dairy products (milk, yoghurt …), fruits and cereals (bread, toast, cereals, biscuits …). Apart from these, other foods can also be included, such as derivatives of meat and sweet products, but in moderate quantities.
Cookies, Cereals: bring carbohydrates that provide energy, vitamins and minerals. Integral cereals also provide fiber.
Dairy products: contain quality proteins, calcium, vitamins A and D, and vitamins from group B (mainly riboflavin or B2).
Fruits: provide carbohydrates, water, vitamins, minerals and fiber.