It is one of the most important meals of the day, so why aren’t more school children eating breakfast?

Not only does eating a balanced breakfast provide fuel for the brain, it’s also good for your health! Unfortunately, studies show that children are skipping breakfast, and this is leading to poor behavior and performance in schools.

According to the American Dietetic Association Foundation, breakfast is not eaten all of the time by 42% of Caucasian and Hispanic children and 59% of African American children. What can busy families do? Plan ahead. A bowl of whole grain cereal with bananas is filled with protein. Running out the door and no time to sit for a meal? Why not grab a banana, a cup of milk, trailmix or a whole grain waffle topped with peanut butter.

Students need brainpower. Make sure you fuel them up in the morning before sending them off to school.

• For more options for busy families, go to: eatright.org
• Find other information on raising active, healthy kids. check out the The Texas AgriLife Extension Services Texas A&M System web site.
• Inspire kids to eat healthy with Sesame Street characters at Healthy Habits for Life by Sesame Workshop.
• KLRN San Antonio’s “Little Bites, Big Steps” program also offers workshops and tools for healthy eating. Check out the KLRN web site for more.