Avoiding breakfast battles as the kids head back to school.

WHO: Dawn Gabel (center) with daughters Summer (left) and Brooke

WHERE: Granby Elementary School in Northwest Columbus

WHEN: July 16, 2018

THE BACKSTORY: Breakfast is a constant struggle for many families—especially on already-hectic school days. Some kids don't want to eat in the morning. Some only want sugar-laden cereal or Pop-Tarts on the run. Others prefer a full homemade meal—perhaps bacon and eggs, pancakes or waffles. It's the most important meal of the day, according to nutritionists, yet it also can be the most challenging.

The Gabel family of Worthington revamped their morning meal routine after 10-year-old Brooke became nauseous after a swim meet. They met with a dietitian at Nationwide Children's Hospital, who taught them about the importance of a multiple-food-group breakfast and gave them meal ideas, including some the girls can prepare by themselves.

Looking to turn over a new nutritional leaf as the school year gets underway? We've put together some breakfast tips, tricks and recipes to help you start your kids' days out right as they head back to class. Check it out in “Breakfast Basics” here.