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Health Habits Start Young

January 31, 2014

Eating a healthy breakfast at a young age can help children in their development.

Parents can set their children up for a better life by teaching them the importance of exercising and eating right. One recent study shows that parents must help their children learn how to make the right choices at breakfast, or else they will be at a higher risk for the harmful effects of metabolic syndrome.

The research, conducted at Umeå University’s Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, revealed that children who ate a poor breakfasts or didn’t eat at all had a increased chance of suffering from health concerns. Teaching children how to eat well in the morning, should be a higher priority in a household.

“Further studies are required for us to be able to understand the mechanisms involved in the connection between poor breakfast and metabolic syndrome, but our results and those of several previous studies suggest that a poor breakfast can have a negative effect on blood sugar regulation,” said Maria Wennberg, the study’s main author.

Eating a healthy breakfast is easy

Many parents believe it is a struggle to provide their children with healthy options for breakfast that they will love. But in reality, it’s a lot easier than parents think. It’s important to remember that a solid breakfast can be the catalyst to a great day at school and other activities.

“You want to aim for a breakfast that combines good carbs and fiber with some protein,” Erica Giovinazzo, a nutritionist at Clay Health Club and Spa, in New York City, told

Here is a list of some recommendations from that parents should keep in mind for their child’s a.m. meal:


This breakfast option is as old as dirt, and it is still is one of the healthiest things that children can eat in the morning. However, it’s important not to buy the sweetened type. Parents can add a little flavor to oatmeal with milk, honey, fruit and nuts.


There is a lot that parents can do with bananas to turn them into a complete breakfast. Adding them to cereal or slicing them up with peanut butter is a great way to help kids get the potassium they need.


With scrambled, over-easy, sunny side up, and several other methods of preparation, eggs are a versatile breakfast option. Children need lean proteins to prepare for each day, and eggs are the answer in the morning.

Martial arts is also a good habit to start young

Just like eating a healthy breakfast, parents should consider getting their children involved in martial arts classes during their youth. During training, kids will not only learn self-defense skills, they also develop their brains. Taking Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Tae Kwon Do class requires extreme focus and dedication. When kids can learn these lessons at a young age, it better prepares them for their adolescent and adult years.

Starting martial arts early in life can help kids get the physical exercise they need and help them to understand how to use different parts of their body. Learning hand/eye coordination at a young age helps kids to succeed athletically in the future.