Fall is one of the busiest times of the year, especially with back to school season fast approaching. With parents and students rushing in the morning, it can be difficult to get a healthy and delicious meal on the run. Renowned pediatrician, best selling author and mom, Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann is an expert on nutrition and feeding her children a healthy well balanced meal, especially for breakfast. She was kind enough to join me for an interview this morning to dish on the nutrients we all need to start our day off on the right foot and she even shared delicious breakfast ideas that are perfect for students of all ages, and their parents too.
Candace Rose: With back to school season nearly officially here, do you have any healthy meal suggestions for busy parents on the go?
Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann: “Definitely! Kids are headed back to school, and in addition to making sure they get to bed on time, get their bags packed so that they can get out the door in the morning.
It’s also really important to fuel your day with a healthy, nutritious breakfast, so I like to remind my families that a good way to get breakfast nutrition in is with a glass of milk. A glass of milk has nine essential nutrients including eight grams of protein that most kids don’t actually get enough of – in addition fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, such as oatmeal and cereal and scrambled eggs. I like to throw in some veggies in my kids scrambled eggs – all that together can really give your kids a healthy start in the morning. When they’re getting a good breakfast full of protein and other nutrients, they can stay more focused throughout the day.”
Candace Rose: What are some of the most important nutrients kids need to start their day off on the right foot?
Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann: “You want to make sure that your kids get protein every morning. I see too many kids eat a breakfast of just carbs. Maybe they have dry cereal or a bagel, and while whole grains are important in a child’s diet, you also want to make sure that you’re getting protein, calcium, and vitamin D to start your day off right – so a glass of milk, scrambled eggs are a good source of protein that you can get in with those whole grains in the morning.
In fact, one glass of milk can provide your child with eight grams of protein, which is what they need in the morning to start the day; and nine essential nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, A, B12, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin and niacin. In addition, grab some fresh fruit, maybe a veggie, and your kids have a great start to their morning.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann: “So, in addition to a healthy breakfast, let’s not forget that kids need to eat throughout the day, so you’re also going to have hopefully a healthy lunch at school and at dinner, maybe pack some snacks. A great way to take dairy products on the go is to freeze a container of yogurt and put that in your child’s lunch and it can kind of act like an ice pack to keep everything else cool during the day.
For more tips on how to get your kids starting off with a healthy breakfast in the morning, parents can visit MilkLife.com.”