Studies Prove Kids Who Eat Breakfast Learn Better
We are so excited to have Jordan Anderson, a No Kid Hungry blogger, share some insight on the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry September Campaign! You can read more from her at www.gonnacookthat.com!
I know for most people, spring is their beginning. But for me, autumn has always seemed to be the real start of something. Maybe it’s got something to do with the start of the school year. No matter how old I get, or how far away from that traditional cycle of summer freedom followed by getting back to the books, when the air starts to get crisp and I get my first glimpse of a big yellow school bus I still get that fluttery, excited feeling.
But, there’s something else…
This time of year always makes me just a little nostalgic about breakfast. There are few moments in life so full of good intention than the first day of school, and no other meal, in my mind, encapsulates all that hope and possibility like that first day of school breakfast. It’s kind of a big deal.
It’s such a big deal, in fact, that for the whole month of September Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign is putting special focus on making sure all kids get a good breakfast. Numerous studies have proven that kids who eat breakfast learn better, behave better in class, and retain what they learn more effectively than those who don’t. A study sponsored by Share our Strength and Deloitte reports that of the 21 million U.S. kids using free or reduced lunch programs, only half of them get breakfast. Those kids are missing more school, and are not performing as well when they do go to class. They aren’t being set up for success, and it’s totally preventable. In Colorado, schools where at least 80 percent of the students are on a meal assistance program are required to participate in the Breakfast After the Bell program, which guarantees a healthy breakfast for those kids. Next year, the program will bring in schools at 70 percent. You can read more about what schools across the country are doing to ensure a healthy breakfast for their students here.
Whether you have kids who are headed back to school, or you’re just feeling a little of that same nostalgia, I’ve got a fun breakfast idea to get you back into the swing of things. It’s portable, it’s customizable, and it comes together fast enough that you can still hit the snooze button a couple of times without sacrificing time for the most important meal of the day. Toast! But this isn’t just that same old butter and jelly toast… it’s a toast worthy of that first day of school excitement. It goes a little something like this…
You can handle that, right? Creamy avocado, mashed with a little salt and pepper, maybe a drizzle of olive oil and a splash of red wine vinegar, and topped with crispy, salty bacon. Use any kind of bread you want. I use a whole grain bread with just a little crunch, then I pan toast it so it can hold its own as a foundation for all that flavor. I top the whole thing off with a tart, crunchy kick from something a little unexpected— dried pomegranate seeds. It’s a breakfast to get excited about, and a happy start to a busy day!