Eating a well-balanced breakfast for high school students is a very important part of a good diet. It provides students with the energy they need to make it through the day.
The inclusion of breakfast in the morning allows students to have better focus and gives teenagers the vitamins they need to continue developing.
Health nutritionist Leah Drummond believes that every student should be eating something in the morning to fuel themselves for the day.
“Having a well balanced breakfast can provide you with much needed calcium and fiber (which can help with weight control and have been known to reduce cholesterol), and vitamin D which helps absorb the calcium,” Drummond said.
She understands that it can be difficult to wake up early and make a healthy breakfast, so she has many helpful ideas on what teenagers could potentially do.
“Good options include yogurt, granola bars, dried cereal, breakfast bars, fresh fruit and dried fruit,” Drummond said. “I would advise teens to stay away from coffee and energy drinks, which are a quick way for boosting energy but raise blood pressure and heart rate, which is not good.”
Junior Davan Connolly is also a strong advocate for a nutritious breakfast.
“Having a well-balanced meal in the morning will provide us teenagers to be able to concentrate throughout the day and be able to perform better in classes,” Connolly said.
It has been proven that breakfast helps to stimulate the brain and enables students to focus better for early school mornings.
Junior Jake Pagliaroli also agrees with this and tries to grab something, even if it’s small, so he can eat it on the way to school.
“For breakfast, if I’m running late, I will usually at very least try to grab a yogurt or some fruit I can take in the car and eat,” Pagliaroli said.
Junior Mackenzie Renfro knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that growing teens need nutrients.
“Eating a good breakfast will provide us with good energy and will help us focus in the classrooms, which could potentially help boost any bad grades,” Renfro said.
A healthy lifestyle starts with eating all three meals a day, breakfast included. Developing these healthy habits early can help control weight and cholesterol in the future.
“Breakfast is something we should all be aware about and is something all high schoolers should focus on so they can start their day off right,” Renfro said.