Modern life is a real rush and never more so than for working parents with kids. That mad rush in the morning is something that we’re all familiar with – there’s just so much to do. Parents need to get ready for a hard day at work and need to get the children ready for their day at school. Unless you’re super-organised it can be really hard to fit in a good healthy breakfast for everybody.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – it gives us the energy we need to fuel us through the early part of the day until lunch time. Studies have found that kids who eat breakfast will have more energy and perform better academically, so eating a healthy breakfast really is essential.
We’re always being warned about the cereals on offer in the supermarkets. The ones that are specifically targeted at kids are usually full of sugar, have a high sodium content and aren’t particularly healthy. The kids are bombarded with TV adverts that make these cereals look like the best thing since sliced bread, but most of them should be avoided if you want your kids to face the day full of beans.
Here are a few healthy breakfast ideas that won’t have Mum slaving over the cooker first thing in the morning but will still give the kids all the goodness they need for their busy day at school.
On the grey, drizzly UK mornings, there’s nothing that will set you up better for the day than a bowl of hot porridge. Porridge has been hailed as the ultimate health food and there are good reasons for this. It’s rich in fibre and the slow release of complex carbohydrates in oats help to sustain energy levels all the way through to lunch time. No need to spend ages stirring the porridge pot nowadays – modern porridge can be made in the microwave in a few minutes. Porridge even comes in handy portion packs for a convenient 2-minute preparation. Just stir in some honey or jam and you’re good to go.
In warmer weather when you may not want a hot breakfast try porridge soaked in cold milk. Prepare the night before – add seeds (sunflower, sesame, linseed) and dried fruits (sultanas, dates, cranberries, goji berries) and chop in some walnuts and brazils then leave in the fridge overnight. Serve in the morning with half a banana chopped in and you have the ultimate muesli.
PEANUT BUTTER POWER
Most kids love peanut butter and this really is a healthy breakfast choice. Two tablespoons of peanut butter daily is recommended. It’s protein rich and will give your kids the power they need to learn and play. Spread on wholemeal or wholegrain bread, top with a little jam and serve. Peanut butter is an energy boosting choice that contains healthy fats – it’s rich in fibre which is important for digestive health and is packed with antioxidants, magnesium and vitamin B6. It’s quick to prepare and will give your kids the energy they need during the school day.