Early mornings can be a rush in even the most organised of households…and there aren’t too many of them. You are not alone if you find it difficult to get all the family ready and out the door in time for school, creche or work without a tension headache or stress levels increasing. The key is to plan, plan and plan some more – and no matter how rushed you are, never skip breakfast, and that goes for Mums, Dads, school children and toddlers.
Set the table the night before, give older children a job to do in the morning (pop the bread in the toaster, pour milk for the younger ones, put the lunches in the schoolbags) and try to ease everyone into the day.
Breakfast eaters have improved concentration levels in school and work and will perform better throughout the morning
There are so many breakfast benefits for all the family, it is never worth missing out. Breakfast eaters have improved concentration levels in school and work and will perform better throughout the morning. You are also less likely to snack if you eat breakfast so it can be easier to maintain a healthy weight.
So whether you have 10 minutes on a Monday or a little longer at the weekends, choose a healthy breakfast for your toddler to start his day the right way:
- Porridge and a cup of milk and a small satsuma
- Fortified unsweetened breakfast cereal with milk and chopped banana
- Wholemeal toast* with peanut butter and banana and a cup of milk
- Wholemeal bagel* with cream cheese and a small bunch of grapes
- Scrambled egg on wholemeal toast with a cup of milk
- Boiled egg with soldiers of toast and a cup of diluted unsweetened pure fruit juice
- Our “Happy Eggs” recipe makes a smiling boiled egg with banana
- Wholemeal toast* with butter and sliced banana and a cup of milk
And remember, these breakfasts are a great start for all the family, not just your toddler. A cup of tea or coffee for Mums and Dads allowed!
* Wholemeal bread / bagels / rolls are a higher fibre option for your toddler but the white varieties are fine sometimes too. However, do offer wholemeal regularly to ensure your toddler will develop a taste for brown bread as they grow up.
If you would like some more breakfast ideas and tasty recipes visit our toddler breakfast recipe section here.