Topic: Family Life

This week (24-30 January 2016) is National Breakfast Week, one of the most important weeks of the year in our opinion!

The aim of National Breakfast Week is to raise awareness of the importance of having a healthy breakfast every day, and it takes place every January. But just because it’s only celebrated for one week per year, why stop there? We’ve provided you with some information and top tips on how to keep breakfast time stress-free – we’ve thrown in some ideas on healthy breakfasts throughout the year too!

Why is breakfast important?

Simple. Eating a good breakfast can set you up for the whole day. It’s particularly important for little ones who need a good breakfast to give them enough energy to concentrate and make it through until lunch time without rumbling tummies! It also speeds up your metabolism, reduces obesity and can prevent the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes. So all in all – it’s great!

Some yummy healthy breakfast options for you to try

Breakfast is important, but only if you eat the right stuff – eating a chocolate bar isn’t going to set you or your children up for the day and it’s not going to keep them full until lunch time. We’ve come up with some healthy (but still delicious) breakfast ideas that you can eat all year round!

  • Fruit and yoghurt

This is great if you’re in a rush and you don’t have time to prepare and cook. Simply add some fruit into a bowl and top with a dollop of yoghurt. For the summer, you could do something really fun (but with the same ingredients) and create fruit and yoghurt ice lollies! Simply mix some fruit and yoghurt together and pour into ice lolly moulds and then put in the freezer – children will think it’s a real treat having an ice lolly for breakfast.

  • Scrambled egg on toast with a smiley face

This is really simple to make and will fill your little ones (and you) up until their next meal. Use whole wheat bread instead of white and chop cherry tomatoes in half to create the smiley face. Easy peasy!

  • Banana lollies

Another fun, but very simple breakfast you can make. You’ll need some lollipop sticks, some yoghurt and a cereal of your choice. Simply push the lollipop stick into the banana so you’ve got a lollipop and then dip the banana in yoghurt, and then the cereal. That’s one of their five a day down! 

  • A breakfast sundae

A breakfast sundae is the perfect weekend treat. Invest in some fun cups or glasses to have your sundae in and then throw in some fruit, yoghurt, cereal and top with honey. It looks great, and kids will love making their own healthy sundae – for breakfast!

  • Porridge

Porridge is a great breakfast as it’s easy to make, filling and warming so it’s perfect for a winter breakfast when the mornings get cold. Add in some banana and some dried fruit, or some honey and you’ll have a delicious breakfast that’s suitable for the whole family.

Top tips for a stress-free breakfast time

We know that sometimes it can be hard to get the children out of bed on time, and that sometimes sitting around a table to eat can be more stressful than fun. So to make your breakfast time a little less stressful, here are some tips to help breakfast time be the best part of the day.

  • Let your children choose what breakfast they want to have for the week. You could create a breakfast recipe book at home which you can all sit down to look at before the weekly shop, then let your children choose what breakfast they want to eat this week. The recipe book will be fun to look at each week and they’ll enjoy eating the breakfast they’ve chosen.
  • Prepare food the night before. While you’re making the children's lunches why not prepare some of the breakfast too? Cutting up fruit the night before can give you an extra 10 minutes in the morning – and we all know how valuable that would be!
  • Let children help. If it’s the weekend and there’s no school or nursery to get to why not take your time with breakfast and let your children help make it? They’ll love eating food they’ve helped to make and it’s a great bonding experience for the family.
  • Get special breakfast bowls, plates and cups. It’s a small change but it could make a big difference. Ask your children to choose what breakfast bowl they want and use it every morning.

Breakfast time should be a fun start to the day, eating a healthy meal in the morning and making it a fun time every morning will set them up for a great day ahead. The earlier children get used to having a good breakfast, the more likely they are to continue eating it as they get older.

Use this National Breakfast Week to start your new breakfast tradition and let’s give our children the best start!