A quick question before I get into this next blog post. Do you like eating the same thing every single morning for breakfast? If yes ..fair enough,however for your child, who is experiencing every food type for the first time, do you want them to be doing the same?
Is this really the way forward, especially with the range of foods we now have on our doorstep? Will they get the right nutrients during the most important meal of the day?
The thing is, children need variety. You should always mix up and change what they eat. How food is presented to children is important and home cooking – well.. This needs to be learned and practiced. The human body is like a machine.. It needs quality fuel to allow it to function well and grow well. Children are growing daily and the fuel we give to them will feed them the proper nutrients to help their bodies develop.
A few things that I have picked up … Well to be honest I did this myself because I love to cook….
Make meals yourself don’t buy packets when you don’t know where the ingredients come from.
I’m not saying that I’ve never bought a jar of food from the supermarket because I have but for that emergency moment when time is not on your side.
Fresh Melon chunks
This is what I tend to do of a morning.. Do any of you mums and dads do the same?
- Split the breakfast into mini courses
- Create little sections of food like mini tapas
- Always have a carbohydrate serving such as porridge, weetabix etc.
- Talk to your child during breakfast. I had to really push myself to do this part because it didn’t come naturally. Build in the family time here.
I want to hear from you guys.. Is there a right or wrong way here? What do think is the best food source for your children in the morning and do they want to eat it?
I’m not a nutritionist either ..I just love food.
Tips for cutting up a Banana (Remember my child was 13 months when I started this if not a little younger)
Cut the Banana in Half
Then in Half Again but length ways
Slice along the centre line of each half
Make deep cuts across the banana so that the knife also scores the skin at the bottom
All you need to do now is turn the banana upside down and squeeze gently so the segments pop out.
Tips for cutting up your melon (My child was 15 months when I started this with the melon – I aired on the side of caution because of the risk of choking)
Again cut your melon in half
Then in half again
Then Cut along the melon and across the melon with deep cuts through to the skin but not completely through, so as to make another section.
Use a Sharp knife and slide it along the bottom of the melon and you will see the little segments fall off. I tend to stick to the darker line just before the Skin area. It’s like cutting up a piece of fish.
HOW CAN YOU MAKE BREAKFAST A FUN LEARNING TIME FOR YOUR CHILD…..?
You can also check out this website for tips and guidance on feeding your young ones..But ….you will need to spend 5 minutes reading and I would suggest making one change to your preparation at a time.. http://kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_center/healthy_eating/breakfast.html
And more ‘dads advice food for babies’….
Here are some more of the basics taken from http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/eating_breakfast.html
- Make breakfast a time to sit and eat with your kids. Being a good example is a powerful way to change their habits.
- If your child says he’s not hungry in the morning, try making a healthy smoothie, with milk, yoghurt and a piece of fruit such as a banana, instead of a more traditional breakfast ‘meal’.
- Another option is for your child to eat a small meal at home, such as a small bowl of oats or a piece of fruit. You can then give your child a healthy snack to eat before school starts – for example, a sandwich or some natural yoghurt with fruit.
- If a hectic morning schedule gets in the way of breakfast, try setting your child’s alarm 10 minutes earlier, or packing your child’s bag and laying out her clothes the night before. You could even get the next day’s breakfast ready the night before – try putting dry oats in a covered bowl, or placing toppings like sliced fruit, nuts or raisins in a muffin tray.
- Fussy eaters often respond better at mealtimes if the food is more interesting than usual. Young children love toast or fruit, and older kids can occasionally prefer ‘non-breakfast’ foods, like leftover pasta.
- Older children and teenagers might refuse to eat breakfast as a way of showing their independence. Try not to make a big deal about this. You could suggest your child takes a piece of fruit or a healthy smoothie made with milk, yoghurt and fruit to have on the trip to school instead. Your child might also like to choose his own healthy breakfast options when out shopping.
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