Kids and breakfast
Providing our kids with the brain fuel required for cognitive learning and energy for physical activity.
With children at school and day care we often cannot monitor foods they eat across the. This makes breakfast so much more important.
Good breakfast habits developed in young children will ensure more permanent maintenance of healthy habits through adolescence and adult life.
Some children are not hungry at breakfast and refuse to eat but be patient. Parental influence and consistency are vital.
Here are some tips for you to try:
- Something is better than nothing. If your child is not hungry start smaller. A couple of pieces of fruit or spoonful’s of yoghurt
- Make breakfast time the same time everyday
- Sit down and be a part of that routine. Utilise the power of your parental influence!
- Simple is best! It doesn’t have to be a fancy meal
- Get your child to help pick colourful fruits to try from the shops. Engaging children in the preparation no matter how small the task has been shown to increase food interest. This will encourage them to develop a sense of responsibility and independence which will increase their desire to eat the food
Finally, never forget that it can take up to 6 months for food acceptance. CONSISTENCY must be a part of this plan.