We all know how demanding it is being a parent with those hectic mornings before you all rush to get out the door. We wanted to think how to make the process a bit easier and give your children the best start to the day.
Most breakfast cereals for children are laden with sugar giving your child a quick energy burst but leaving them hungry an hour later. A sustained energy release will keep them going until lunchtime. Alert children learn better and unlike most adults, they cannot sneak a snack to re-boost their energy levels.
To reduce the urge to snack we recommend an oat-based breakfast which can be prepared the night before with whole milk for strong teeth and bones. Try different toppings to encourage your child to eat. Nutella, peanut butter, jam, golden syrup, fresh fruit are all good options.
Scrambled eggs or boiled eggs. A few minutes in the pan or microwave, combined with wholemeal toast creates a really nutritious breakfast. If your child can’t face breakfast then try cereal bars but look at the label as the sugar levels in some are the same as having a biscuit.
Lunchtimes are another minefield. Try sandwiches with wholemeal bread, pita pockets or tortilla wraps and cheese is a great source of protein and calcium. Try plain water rather than sugary drinks and a piece of fruit is better than biscuits. Sliced vegetables like carrot or cucumber mean your child gets a really nutritional snack. The Change 4 Life website has some great ideas and you don’t have to spend a fortune.
For personalised advice on dental care and healthy snacks please call Jan at Howardian Dental practice.