Wise-up Wednesday: Breakfast = Brainy

Ernesto Pollitt of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston compared the school performance of children who skipped breakfast to the performance of those who ate a good breakfast (Pollitt, Leibel, and Greenfield, 1981). Those who ate breakfast made measurably fewer errors as the morning progressed. Other studies of both children and adults have confirmed this finding.

Fuel your body with mainly proteins prior to an event where you want to be alert and analytical.

A brain friendly breakfast includes complex carbohydrates + protein (e.g., cereal + skim milk).

Here is a great tasting, brain boosting recipe to start your day well:

1/2 cup honey
2/3 cup peanut butter
3 cups oats (optional: add sunflower seeds, raisins, dried cherries)

Boil honey for 1 minute, remove from burner. Stir in 2/3 C peanut butter until smooth. Stir in 3 C oats and additions of choice).
Spread in pan to cool. Cut in squares.


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