It is essential for kids to have a good food start to the day, especially in reception-aged children, when their more structured learning is mostly carried out in the morning. Without a slow energy release breakfast to nourish their brains, they may get too hungry or have inadequate fuel for the brain to concentrate and learn effectively.
A healthy balanced breakfast should include a mix of complex or unrefined carbohydrate (porridge, muesli, wholemeal bread or fruit) and some protein (eggs, baked beans, chopped nuts, seeds, full fat yoghurt or milk).
Here are some great ideas for breakfast:
Best to avoid sugary refined and overly processed cereals, white bread or very sweet yoghurt, as this will give your child a ‘sugar rush’ first thing instead of a balanced supply of fuel to the brain, leaving them hungry after an hour or so when you are not there to give them something else. One bowl of sugar-frosted cornflakes or Cheerio’s can contain nearly 4 teaspoons of sugar!