Healthy Breakfasts for Children
A lot of people have their breakfasts at home as part of their daily routine. However, we are not sure about the quality of this meal. So what should a well-composed breakfast look like, and why should we pay special attention to this meal?
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For years, nutrition experts have pointed out that this meal is important for the health and proper functioning of the brain and the entire body. Its role is not only to provide energy for the whole day but also to prevent metabolic disorders. Over the years, bad eating habits may lead to problems such as excess weight, obesity, or disorders of the vascular system.
Unfortunately, the morning rush means that most of us spend very less time on preparing breakfast, which is why cheese and ham sandwiches, instant sausages, or toast make up most breakfasts. Adults may also have coffee or tea, while children take milk or cocoa. Nutritionists often advise patients of the low nutritional value of such breakfasts.
If you take a closer look, you can see that vegetables or fruit, which provides vitamins, minerals, and fiber, is rarely included in most breakfasts. These nutrients are extremely important for the proper maintenance of physiological functions. And if you thought that you could provide these supplements in tablets, we can tell you that no supplementation is as well-tolerated and absorbed by the body as natural products.
Including a portion of vegetables and fruits in a child’s breakfast is a real challenge. Children are unpredictable, and they do not want to eat a meal supplement. However, not having vegetables and fruits for breakfast is a major cause of weight gain among children and youth.
So how do you prepare a breakfast that will provide your child with vitamins, mineral salts, antioxidants, and micro and macro elements?
Here are some tips and ideas for breakfast:
- Do not serve too much food to your toddler. His stomach is still small. If a bowl of cornflakes and milk or a sandwich fills him up, his small belly may not have enough space for fruits, vegetables, or a healthy drink.
- Make vegetable and fruit smoothies to avoid complaints about eating vegetables. It is important to choose vegetables that have the highest content of vitamins and microelements to provide the largest possible amount to our body.
- Scrambled eggs with butter and tomato
- Carrot muffins
- Sandwich with chocolate spread (Make it at home using chickpeas, cocoa, honey, and figs.)
- Pancakes with raspberry and yogurt sauce
- Toast with cottage cheese and cucumber
- Porridge with banana and chia seeds (Chia seeds should be soaked in water or milk for about 12 hours before consumption.)
- Zucchini and carrot pancakes (You can add any vegetables to such cakes, and most importantly, you can make them in bulk and warm up the leftovers the next day.)
- Healthy oatmeal breakfast cookies
What can I give my child to drink?
Water, water, and more water. Avoid ready-made fruit juices and flavored water containing excess sugar.
And let’s remember that nothing improves a child’s appetite as much as a pleasant atmosphere at the table and the company of parents.
Shape your child’s eating habits so that as an adult, he will eat vegetables in every meal. Enjoy your meal!