Healthy breakfast for children
Everyone knows that things can get stressful quickly in the morning. You and your partner have to go to the office, the children to school or the bus there.
It’s also important to remember not to forget anything for your own workday, while making sure your little ones have all their school supplies ready and with them.
But under no circumstances should breakfast suffer from this stress! It is not for nothing that it is colloquially the most important meal of the day and especially important for the little ones, who still have to grow and develop.
Here we show how you can easily conjure up a healthy and rich breakfast.
What makes a healthy breakfast?
Of course, what is on the table! In the best case, this is a mix of cereal products, fresh fruit, dairy products and raw vegetables. In the morning, a child should drink water, diluted juice or fruit tea.
Sugary sodas, coffee and black tea are not suitable drinks for the offspring.
Fruit & vegetables
Your child gets vitamins and minerals primarily from fruits and vegetables.
Depending on the season, apples, pears, bananas, oranges, carrots or peppers are a good choice. Ideally, of course, organic and as little processed as possible.
This means that you need a little more time for preparation in the morning or evening, because you have to wash and cut the vegetables, but the health and development of the child should be worth these 10 minutes to a parent.
Cheese, milk and co.
Dairy products are particularly important for children because of the calcium they contain, which the body needs to build healthy bones and teeth.
Quite a few children in Germany suffer from an undersupply of calcium. One reason is that many do not like milk.
Here you have to counteract as parents and actively make other offers: Yogurt, cheese and curd also contain enough calcium and one of these products can certainly be made palatable to any child.
Cereal products such as bread, rolls or oatmeal make a major contribution to healthy digestion and an appropriate level of concentration.
They are the child’s most important source of energy, fiber and minerals.
Whole grain products are a better choice here than white flour products, because the latter contain far fewer nutrients and do not satiate for as long as whole grain products do.
Since blank wholemeal bread tastes the fewest, one must garnish and occupy it naturally responding. Cheese, lean sausage, curd cheese or eggs are suitable as healthy bread toppings.
Also butter or margarine should be used, since some vitamins can be taken up and processed by the body only by additional fat.
Why is breakfast so important?
A healthy breakfast should cover about one third of the daily need of energy (kcal), whereby also possibly arising Naschattacken can be avoided.
Thus a healthy, rich breakfast can effectively protect against overweight by ravenous appetite attacks.
In addition, scientific studies have shown that children who eat a healthy breakfast in the morning perform better at school.
Therefore it is important to give your offspring a healthy start into the day.
What to do if the child does not want to eat?
Many children do not want to eat anything so early in the day. This happens and is absolutely normal. Here you should either try to make the food attractive through creative recipes, or offer alternatives.
For example, you can mix oatmeal with milk and refine with fruit.
This is how an easy-to-scoop breakfast is created that is just as nutritious as a slice of bread. Ready-made mueslis are also an option, but here you should be careful not to give your children products with too much sugar.
If the little ones don’t want to eat anything in the morning, they should at least be offered a cup of milk or, if need be, cocoa. Both are better than letting them out on an empty stomach.