When it comes to providing your kids with a balanced breakfast, it's imporant to aim for 3 out of 4 food groups from Canada's Food Guide. Whether it's a whole grain cereal with milk and a banana, or a ham and cheese omelette, kicking the day off with a balanced breakfast can benefit a child in so many ways.
Did you know that one in five kids skips breakfast?1 When kids eat breakfast they are healthier overall and perform better at school.2,3,4,5,6 They are also more likely to get all the nutrients they need and consume more milk compared to kids who skip breakfast.7,8
Is your child not ready for breakfast before leaving for school? Sometimes children sleep in too late or don't feel hungry in the morning. Try to offer encouragement or start with something simple like a smoothie. Remember, breakfast doesn't have to be complicated. Check out these easy ideas from brief breakfasts, which also includes great recipes for quick blender drinks.
Adding variety can also help with acceptance. Change things up by exploring traditional breakfasts that come from a mosaic of cultures around BC.
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