Niños Saños, Familia Sana: Family Nutrition Education
Niños Saños, Familia Sana: Family Nutrition Education
Niños Saños, Familia Sana: Family Nutrition Education
University of California
Niños Saños, Familia Sana: Family Nutrition Education

Lesson 3.2: Off to a good start

Background: Across cultures, breakfast habits vary widely. For this lesson, breakfast is defined as foods and/or beverages from at least one food group, consumed within 2-3 hours of waking after the longest period of sleep.

A breakfast that includes 3 or more food groups is more likely to meet nutrient needs. Eating breakfast may improve a child's performance in school, especially on tasks that require memory and attention. Skipping breakfast has also been associated with being overweight.


Teaching Tips: This lesson reinforces messages from other lessons, especially MyPlate, Healthy Routines, and Dreaming is Free.

Target Audience: Latino families with young children, ages 3 to 8 years

Key Message: Eating breakfast can lead to better health and performance in school.

Objectives: By the end of the lesson, participants will be able to:

1) Identify the benefits of eating breakfast;

2) List several quick, healthy, breakfast ideas; and

3) Plan a routine that allows time for breakfast.


Materials: MyPlate poster, poster paper, markers, white board, foam ball (optional), food and other supplies for food demonstration


Click here to download English version lesson plan Lesson 3.2 English Lesson Plan

Handouts and Activity Sheets

Honey Granola (English Spanish)

Other Resources

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Breakfast ideas for busy mornings. 2017

American Academy of Pediatrics. The case for eating breakfast. Updated 2015. 

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