Many nutritional guidelines advise that breakfast is the most important meal of the day yet many children still skip it. Breakfast is very important for children to ensure their optimal growth and development. Did you know that the brain requires more energy than any other organ in the body? Over half of a child's daily calories are used by the brain. This means that a child can lose the ability to concentrate at school if he or she does not get a proper breakfast. A child who skips breakfast can also suffer from headaches and can be more irritable than a child who has had a balanced breakfast.1
A typical Indonesian breakfast is usually full of energy and rich in nutrients. It's important to take the time in the morning to enjoy some of the traditional dishes with your family, such as chicken porridge or stir-fried rice before going to school. These meals are rich in complex carbohydrates, proteins, minerals and vitamins. Including a variety of ingredients such as rice, tofu, eggs and vegetables will help your child get the energy they need at school.
However, if one day they need to be more active at school than usual, a good alternative is to provide a glass of Blenuten ® milk, which is a highly nutritious dietary supplement. Blenuten has a delicious taste that your child will love. It helps provide energy and the nutritional needs required for healthy development. Blenuten also contains vitamins and minerals that help provide the recommended daily intake for children2.
In short, the choice of breakfast, snacks and other foods that children eat during the day is very important. What they eat will affect their ability to concentrate, study and work while at school3. This means that frequently skipping breakfast could be the reason why your child is not getting good grades at school.
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- Edefonti V1, Rosato V1, Parpinel M, et al,. "The effect of breakfast composition and energy contribution on cognitive and academic performance: a systematic review." Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Aug; 100(2):626-56.
- Mahoney CR1, Taylor HA, Kanarek RB, et al,. "The effect of breakfast composition on cognitive processes in elementary school children." Physiol Behav. 2005 Aug 7; 85 (5): 635-45.