From the moment your alarm goes off, it's a mad rush . . .
My kids are grown. But I distinctly remember the hectic feeling of our weekday mornings. Most of us parents are just relieved to get everyone out the door on time with shoes on the right feet and hair brushed.
In the midst of this whirlwind, many of us barely give breakfast a second thought.
But did you know breakfast can impact not only your children's whole day - but even their life?
Children who get a good breakfast regularly perform better in school and score higher on IQ tests. With fuel for the day, their brain can function at top notch.
A good breakfast includes:
Protein for making neurotransmitters, essential for proper brain functioning;
Antioxidant-rich foods like chlorella or blueberries;
Healthy fats used to build brain tissue and hormones;
You may know good nutrition is important for a good start. However, it's not just what they eat, but how they eat that contributes to breakfast's importance.
Here are two important breakfast ingredients that are often overlooked despite the fact they can magnify a good breakfast's impact on your child.
Healthy Breakfast Ingredient #1: Eat Breakfast Together
As researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing discovered, children who skipped breakfasts regularly scored 5.58 points lower in verbal IQ tests and a full 4.6 points in overall IQ. 
But while lead researcher, Dr. Jianghong-Liu,
As Dr. Liu explained, eating breakfast together gives your child a head start in brain development. A sprinkle of conversation on top of your kids' meal helps them:
Work on verbal skills;
Give their memory a kick as they remember stories; and
Simply acquire some general knowledge before the school bell rings.
But ditching solo breakfast on the run isn't the only ingredient that can boost brain power . . .
Healthy Breakfast Ingredient #2: A Stress-Free Breakfast
I know it's hard to eliminate stress entirely in the morning.
Just the alarm itself can be stressful.But minimizing stress' presence in your morning can pay off hugely in how your child gets through the day.
Stress shrinks the brain's ability to form memories by shrinking the hippocampus, the part of the brain linked to memory. When your child is stressed in the morning, she or he will have a more difficult time remembering things throughout the day.Recent research also shows how repeated stress interferes with the development of the prefontal cortex. This part of the brain helps you problem-solve and pay attention. When your children's prefrontal cortex is handicapped, it can hamper your child's performance in math and science. And it can also lead to behavior problems at school.Importantly, while stress impacts our adult brains similarly, our kids suffer even more. Children's developing brains are particularly sensitive to stress hormones. 
Prepare Your Child For Success With A Healthy Breakfast Routine
I certainly understand how challenging mornings are. Finding time to sit together, let alone with relative calm, may seem impossible.
Nonetheless, just a few shifts in your routine can help turn this around.Prep in advance the ingredients for several days' worth of quick healthy breakfasts:
Chop fruit and greens for smoothies. Or scrambled eggs for egg burritos. For an extra boost of nutrition, I like to sprinkle chlorella powder on whatever I'm eating.Help your children get organized the night before with clothes laid out and backpacks packed.And then use the time you gain to sit down with your children for breakfast. While you nourish your bodies with food, you can also nourish the mind with calm and conversation.
About Dr. Michael E Rosenbaum, MD
Dr. Michael E. Rosenbaum earned his Medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City and his Master of Sciences degree
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