2. Have fewer behavioral problems
3. Have better concentration, more energy, and better hand-eye coordination
4. Are more likely to meet their nutritional needs overall
5. Have an easier time maintaining a healthy weight
"So if you can't make the morning meal happen at home, send kids off with healthy on-the-go breakfasts to eat on the way," says Dr. Jen. "The night before, have them help you fill plastic zipper bags with things like nuts, raisins, and Os cereal; orange slices; low-fat granola; cheese and crackers; sliced apple 'sandwich cookies' filled with peanut butter . . . or anything else reasonably healthy that you know they'll eat, whether it's 'breakfast food' or not. A chicken sandwich on whole wheat? Fine." Just aim for three things:
One easy way to get good omega-3 fats into your kids: Sprinkle walnuts or almonds on their cereal.
Another: Hard-boil a batch of omega-3-enriched eggs, which are widely available. On a high-speed morning, give the kids (yourself, too) an egg and some whole-wheat crackers in a plastic zipper bag. You'll all be good to go till lunch.
There's Nothing Old-Fashioned About Oatmeal
In fact, there's growing evidence that it may be an ideal way to start the school day. Kids who eat oatmeal for breakfast -- versus cold cereal, or nothing at all -- remember things better and pay more attention, which is handy for, say, studying math and geography..