Breakfast basics

As adults, we’ll often rush out of the house in a flurry – if we’re lucky – with a slice of toast in hand.

As role models to our children, it’s important to envision a healthy and balanced diet and one that involves sitting down to breakfast on a daily basis.

Why is breakfast so important?

Kid’s who eat breakfast tend to eat healthier on a whole. Breakfast is a great way to kick-start the body into action and is especially needed by little ones who spend their days running around the playground, studying and exercising.

Those who eat breakfast will be more likely to partake in a number of physical activities which will of course help them to maintain a healthy weight.

Less snacking

There are a number of ways to make breakfast fun. Instead of sitting down to a bowl of cereal every day, try and mix it up. McCain boast a number of kid-friendly meals, many of which have been created using only the finest ingredients.

Hash browns are a great option for breakfast and will help to create a hearty meal when teamed with the likes of sausages, eggs and baked beans. Those who don’t sit down to breakfast will often find that they snack more throughout the day, often on calorific foods that are not particularly good for them.

Brain power

Eating in the morning can be extremely beneficial however what you choose to give your kids to eat is also extremely important. Choose foods that promote a slow release of energy, foods that are rich in whole grains, fibre and protein and also foods that boast low sugar content.

Such food types will help your little ones to concentrate. They have also been proven to boost a kid’s attention span and memory.

It’s important to encourage a diet that is packed with everything needed to function on a day-to-day basis. Children who sit down to a good, solid breakfast are more likely to get their daily intake of calcium, fibre and other important nutrients and vitamins.

A balanced diet

A balanced diet will often mean fewer absences from school, lower blood cholesterol levels and fewer stomach complaints. No breakfast may result in a tired, agitated and hungry child, less willing to learn, listen or partake in physical activity.

Making breakfast happen

When you have little time to get yourself ready, it may seem like an impossible task to lay down a hearty spread for the little ones prior to school. The key is organisation.

Prepare as much as you can the evening before and ensure your working wardrobe and bag is already packed in advance. After sitting down to breakfast with the children, you can walk straight out the door!18.