How can I get my 7-year-old to eat breakfast on school days?

How can I get my 7-year-old to eat breakfast on school days? She will eat on weekends, but only after she has been up for a couple of hours. She is definitely not a morning person!

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Start the day with a little lesson in breakfast 101: Explain to her that the first meal of the day provides much-needed energy to get her body and brain recharged. So that spelling test she’s been studying for? She’s likely to score a higher grade if she fuels her brain and body first. When it comes to food offerings, how about suggesting she change things up with a breakfast drink? There are all sorts of ready-made meal-replacement drinks and easily blended smoothie shakes. Other options that might entice her to eat a morning meal: banana with Nutella or peanut butter; a breakfast bar with a glass of milk; homemade granola; a chia-blueberry muffin; Greek yogurt with honey; or turkey and cheese in a whole-wheat wrap.

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