PSSA testing began this week for students in third through eighth grade. It can be a long and stressful day, so giving them a healthy breakfast is especially important.
Giant nutritionist Holly Doan says you should be looking for three key things when planning a balanced breakfast for your students. The first is protein, which can be found in hard-boiled or scrambled eggs or turkey bacon. The second is fiber, which can come in the form of whole grain toast or fruit. And finally, healthy fat which can be found in eggs, avocado or nut butters.
“We want to make sure they’re not getting too much sugar or something that’s not going to provide much nutrition for them, so watching out for just having a bowl of cereal with a little bit of milk and out the door,” Doan said. “Or some of our granola bars might have a little bit more sugar in them that what we want, so just being mindful of that and again, going back to that balance.”
If you’re really in a pinch for time, Doan says a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole grain bread is a great on-the-go meal.
Doan says hunger can be a distraction for some kids and if they’re full for several hours, research shows they’ll have a better focus and better performance on their tests.