Breakfast During Testing

Vicky Chesser  |  3/31/2014 8:33:17 PM

Dr. Chesser is a registered dietitian and area nutrition agent for the LSU AgCenter Northwest Region.

We have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating a healthy breakfast will help set you up for a day of eating. A healthy breakfast is important for kids year round, but a well-balanced breakfast is especially important on testing days.  School breakfasts help students improve their test scores as well as memory and verbal skills.  Children who eat breakfast are also significantly less likely to be overweight.

It may seem convenient to grab prepackaged foods or go through a drive-thru, but in the long run, these options will end up costing you more money and most likely do not contribute to long-term health goals. Avoid products that are made with an abundance of added sugars and fat. These types of food can cause seemingly immediate energy as they can create quick spikes in sugar and insulin levels; however, when these levels fall drastically, they can create periods of extreme tiredness later.

A complete balanced breakfast contains satisfying fiber from whole grains and fruit and protein from low-fat dairy products and other lean protein sources. Make sure your child gets these each morning before school, especially on testing days.

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