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Summer breaks are fun, but they can also mean a break in regular meals and good eating habits. Going back to school is the perfect time to get back to healthy eating routines, starting with an easy nutritious breakfast.

We often hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but too many young people are blowing it off. In fact, as many as 25% of kids ages 12 to 19 years often skip breakfast.1

Why should we be concerned? Skipping breakfast can also mean missing out on key nutrients needed to support healthy growth and development such as protein, calcium and iron. Furthermore, those who skip breakfast miss out on daily essential vitamins and minerals that are unlikely to be made up later in the day.2-4

Back-to-school breakfast starts them out right

“Eating breakfast in the morning sets your body up for the day and provides energy and important nutrients. Without those nutrients, you're playing catch-up and will likely be tired, sluggish and obviously hungrier during the day,” says Seletha Periman, Senior Clinical Project Manager, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), at Nestlé Health Science. “And chances are you won’t catch-up and get the daily amount of vitamins and minerals you need. That’s because, we’ve found that skipping breakfast can often lead to less nutritious food choices throughout the day.”

4 Benefits of a Back-to-School Breakfast


There are just as many reasons—if not more—to encourage back-to-school breakfast. “It’s been shown that kids and adolescents who regularly eat a nutritious breakfast tend to have healthier body weights than those who skip breakfast. And they generally make healthier eating choices throughout the day,” says Karen Lundgren, Medical Affairs, US Consumer Care Business for Nestlé Health Science and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

Four benefits of a nutritious breakfast:

4 Benefits of a Back-to-School Breakfast

Nutritional balance is also important in your back-to-school breakfast

It’s not just about getting kids and teens to eat in the mornings—it’s about what they’re actually consuming. It’s advisable that kids and teens get a balance of protein, calories, and vitamins & minerals in all their meals, especially for a back-to-school breakfast.

4 Benefits of a Back-to-School Breakfast


4 Benefits of a Back-to-School Breakfast

Karen Lundgren adds: “We know parents and kids are rushed in the morning. In fact, throughout history, breakfast has been a meal of convenience. So, we’ve made it easy to help families get the protein and vitamins and minerals they need in an easy nutritious breakfast. That’s why we’ve developed Carnation Breakfast Essentials® products that provide 10 grams or more of high-quality protein in each serving plus at least 21 essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin D to build strong bones.” And for teens 14+ years of age and adults, we have new Carnation Breakfast Essentials® High Protein Powder with 18 grams of protein plus 24 vitamins and minerals in each prepared serving. Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Original and High Protein powders can be included in a variety of recipes that teens will love for their back-to-school breakfast.”

Get the school year started right with the right back-to-school breakfast

Preparing for a proper back-to-school breakfast can be overwhelming. With the many varieties of Carnation Breakfast Essentials® products, an easy nutritious breakfast to start off the day is one thing you can check off the list.

4 Benefits of a Back-to-School Breakfast


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