By Madonna Behen
"Believing that breakfast matters is crucial," says Kim Gorman, M.S., R.D., the weight management program director at the University of Colorado at Denver Center for Human Nutrition. "The evidence is very clear that children perform better in school with a healthful breakfast."
Quick and healthy options include old-fashioned oats cooked with milk; a high-fiber English muffin with peanut butter; Kashi granola bar with a cup of milk and a piece of fruit; a cup of low-fat yogurt with granola and berries; a slice of toast with peanut butter and sliced bananas; or a hard-boiled egg and a slice of toast. If cereal is a popular commodity in your household, Gorman recommends choosing products that have at least 4 grams of fiber per serving, such as Multigrain Cheerios, Raisin Bran, Multigrain Chex, or many of the Kashi cereals. "Quick is OK, but donuts are not," says Gorman.