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UKMums.TV’s top tips to encourage kids to eat a healthy breakfast!
Everyone knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Ready Brek provides a whole host of ingredients that are high in nutritional value including Vitamin D which contributes to the normal function of the immune system. Oat Grain Fibre that contributes to an increase in faecal bulk, protein that contributes to a growth in muscle mass, and calcium which is needed for the maintenance of normal bones and teeth.
As we all know though just because it’s good for kids doesn’t mean they will eat it, so how can we encourage them to eat a healthy breakfast? Check out our top tips below.*
- Let kids help and prepare breakfast – Being involved in the process will encourage children to eat what they have just created.
- Add variety – Meals are always more fun if there are lots of colours, textures and flavours to explore. A variety of colours also equals a variety of nutrients!
- Be creative – Meal times should be fun for the whole family, try playing with presentation and create fun shapes and designs. You could even create stories around the food, for example a breakfast of porridge is the perfect time to recreate Goldilocks and the Three Bears! Anything out of the ordinary will grab your kid’s attention and make meal times fun and memorable.
- Give kids a choice – Kids love to have freedom and feel like they are making adult choices, letting them choose their own breakfast gives them a sense of independence. You can make sure it’s always a healthy choice by monitoring what you stock in your cupboards.
- Eat as a family – Research suggests that children who regularly sit down with their families at meal times have a better nutritional diet. This doesn’t have to be at the table each morning though, why not grab a picnic blanket and eat breakfast outside in the garden!
- Grade the food – You can gain great insight into your child’s taste buds by asking them to try everything on their plate and grading it. That way you know what healthy options they like and can offer more of it, whilst your kids have fun playing the grade game.
- Ensure an early rise – Many children don’t want to eat as soon as they wake up, get them out of bed ten to fifteen minutes earlier to allow them to wake up properly and realise they are hungry.
- Be a good role model- We’re sure you’ve heard it before but it’s true, kids copy their parents! By eating a healthy breakfast yourself, you will set a great example for you kids to follow.
- Keep it positive – Children’s appetites and tastes change on a daily basis, instead of focussing on what they haven’t eaten try to keep things positive and praise them for what they have eaten.
- Educate – Teach kids the value of eating a healthy diet and the benefits to them, for example carrots help you see in the night, spinach makes you strong!
* Tips have been supplied by a range of mum’s using their own experience, plus through research from multiple online articles.