Breakfast is definitely the best meal of the day. After a long night it is designed to do exactly what it says - break your fast. After 10-12 hours without eating we need something to get us up and running again. Today there is such a wide range of options on offer it can be hard to know what to choose, however many of the options are high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, which leave us feeling hungry and reaching for more sugar in a couple of hours. This is bad enough for adults, but for children who are still growing and developing it can cause even more problems (1). It can also impact on their ability to learn effectively, concentrate at school and also have a negative impact on their behaviour.
So to help your child concentrate, learn effectively and behave well in school give them a different breakfast that will keep them going until lunchtime. The following ideas are quick and easy to make and can be made in the morning or the evening before if it's easier. I hope this gives you some help to give your children a different breakfast in the morning. I would love to hear your ideas for a quick, easy, healthy kids breakfast.
1. Katie Adolphus, Clare L. Lawton, Louise Dye. The effects of breakfast on behavior and academic performance in children and adolescents. Front Hum Neurosci. 2013; 7: 425