- By Jeff Olsen
Mayo Clinic Minute: Fueling for school
Filling up for learning is a good start, but it’s only half of your assignment.
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Dr. Ardon says a healthy breakfast helps improve a student’s mood and his or her level of concentration.
"Studies actually indicate, too, that people who consistently eat breakfast throughout their lives tend to be at a healthier weight, as well," she adds.
Dr. Ardon says before-school meals should include a combination of good protein, fiber and carbohydrates.
"The right combination of those ingredients is better for our kids because they release sugar over a slow period of time and help them stay fuller longer," Dr. Ardon explains.
Dr. Ardon suggests breakfasts like a vegetable breakfast burrito or a whole-grain waffle topped with peanut butter, or a parfait made with plain yogurt and real fruit. As for cereals, ...
"... I would look at the sugar content and look for cereals that have whole grains in them," says Dr. Ardon.