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How can I encourage my child to eat breakfast?

Children of all ages can show reluctance when it comes to eating breakfast.  However, as parents know breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. If your child is frequently skipping breakfast, it means that he is missing out on essential nutrients.
Follow our tips on how to encourage your child to eat breakfast:
Set the alarm 10 minutes earlier: Getting your child up a little earlier can make the world of difference. Also, make sure that his bag is packed the night before and lay out his uniform too. Many children simply aren’t hungry first thing and having a little extra time can mean they are more likely to willingly sit down and pour themselves a bowl of cereal or have a slice of toast and some fruit.
If you’re child insists that he isn’t hungry then try offering him a smoothie, made with milk, low-fat yoghurt and some chopped fruit.
For particularly hectic mornings suggest that your child takes a piece of fruit, a granola bar or a low fat muffin to school instead.
Keep breakfasts varied and interesting: Kids will easily get bored eating the same slice of toast and cereal everyday so why not vary things a little bit?
Try some of these deliciously nutritious breakfast options:
  • Top cereals with berries and a chopped banana
  • Serve fruit salad with yoghurt
  • As a treat opt for French toast with berries
  • For quick and healthy breakfasts give them breakfast muffins
  • Prepare pancake batter the night before and surprise the kids with blueberry pancakes
  • Serve peanut butter and banana on wholemeal toast for a nutritionally balanced breakfast
  • For younger children, boiled eggs and soldiers are always popular
  • Get some vegetables into their diet with carrot muffins or courgette bread
  • Make plenty of fresh fruit available, cut fruit like apples and oranges into slices. 

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