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Protein-packed meal is best for breakfast

7:00 AM, Aug 16, 2011   |    comments
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By Dana Dean

St. Louis (KSDK) -- A protein-packed breakfast can help kids start the school year on the right foot.

New findings released by the University of Missouri could help kids with their school work.

This information is important for students who aren't eating a good breakfast and, as a result, feel extremely hungry by lunch time. The latest research shows eating protein at breakfast-time is best when it comes to appetite control for the day. The reason being it takes our bodies longer to digest protein. So when teens eat higher-protein for that first meal, they feel full right off the bat.

Other studies show that students who eat breakfast do better on tests and have improved learning skills. A dietician at Children's Hospital who says we need protein at every meal, but breakfast is where it usually gets missed.

Tara Todd, Registered Dietician, said, "They don't have to sit down and eat it, what can they carry out the door with them to eat? So finding good bars, good protein bars, they can make a smoothie in the morning in a heartbeat."

She says breakfast should contain a protein, a whole grain, and a fruit.

Check out these recipes from USA Today:

Bacon and egg breakfast pizza

Blackberry-mango breakfast shake

For even more kid-friendly breakfast ideas, check out this article from USA Today:

Power breakfasts loaded with protein and fiber start school year right

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