Make a balanced breakfast a habit in your home - Wholesome Life Journal

Make a balanced breakfast a habit in your home

Children who eat breakfast each day may have an advantage when it comes to learning. So shift your thinking to beyond sharpening their pencils to sharpening their minds by making a balanced breakfast a habit in your home. Here’s how:

1. Teach your kids how to build a balanced breakfast

A balanced breakfast includes foods from at least three of the four food groups in Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide:

  • Vegetables and Fruit like bananas, frozen blueberries, dried apricots, cucumber, canned peaches and spinach.
  • Grain Products like whole graine cereals, whole wheat tortillas, whole grain roti, oatmeal, brown rice and naan.
  • Milk and Alternatives like plain yogurt, skim milk cheese, soy beverage and low fat cottage cheese.
  • Meat and Alternatives like eggs, tofu, chicken breast, almonds, pumpkin seeds and peanut butter.

2. Beat the morning rush by planning ahead

A little planning the night before can go a long way when you’re in a rush to get out the door in the morning:

  • Make sure homework is done and school bags are packed before bedtime.
  • Get lunch items ready in lunch bags and store in the fridge the night before.
  • Have the kids set the table for breakfast after dinner.
  • Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter and whole grain breads and cereals easy for children to reach.
  • Keep milk and juices in containers that are easy for kids to pour.
  • Stock easy to pack breakfast items like cereal bars, juice boxes, and yogurt tubes for mornings when you need to send kids to school with a quick breakfast to eat on the go.

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