Good Behavior Breakfasts
Families don't expect me, as a child psychologist, to think about food.
But I have to.
None of my behavior tricks work on an under-fed brain.
Food is fuel for the Brain's Big Jobs in a kid's day: to Focus. Learn. Remember. Self-regulate. Choose.
Sounds cliche, but many "psych" problems are solved by a brain-friendly breakfast.
Here are some ideas.
Note: I haven't put any nutritionist-approved recipes in this issue. But I may in later ones!
Regular oats are good. Steel-cut oats are better, with even slower burning carbs. They stay with your child's brain. Soak the oats overnight and cook up a big batch in the morning. It can last a few days.
Eggs have great sustaining protein. Proteins build brain neurotransmitters that regulate attention, mood, impulse control.
There are lots of ways to make eggs entertaining. Eggs in a hole? Make it whole wheat or Ezekiel.
Protein-up the pancakes
Plain pancakes are vanishing, low quality fuel. Fruit toppings look healthy but won't compensate for the quick-burning carbs.
There are lots of ways to protein-up pancakes. Yogurt, protein powder or extra eggs. Ask your nutritionist! Some protein pancakes can be gluten free and even moist.
(Of course, kids can be picky -- a topic for a whole other issue!)
Consult a dietician or nutritionist! Review your child's diet and make a custom plan for their needs.
Hope this was helpful! See ya next time.
And remember ... Looking through your child's eyes changes everything.
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