It’s a well-known fact that getting kids to eat fruit and vegetables can be challenging, to say the least. They might be a picky eater or just not like the way it looks. Whatever it is, there always seems to be an excuse. This is a view commonly shared by most parents, so don’t let it get you down.
Breakfast, being the first meal of the day, is essential in getting in some vital nutrients. First of all, if children aren’t currently eating breakfast, it is so important that they do. Not only does it get them into the habit of getting up and ready for the day, but it’s also key for brain function. When the little ones reach school age, they will find it impossible to get through a morning of school without breakfast. They won't be able to stay focused for even an entire lesson.
Instead of reaching for the sugar-laden cereal we often do, use breakfast as a time to feed them something healthy. Most children are okay with fruit and berries, so this is a great opportunity to pack in one or two of their five a day! Read on for some ideas on what kids should be eating at each stage.
You might think that the standard baby formula is the only answer when it comes to newborns, but there are a few other options. Firstly, you can ensure their milk is as healthy as possible by going organic, such as Holle formula. You could also try mashed up or pureed fruit with a little bit of Weetabix or porridge. You really just need to make sure the food is kept very soft and easily digestible. Go for soft fruits like pear or banana. As they get a bit older you could also try them on natural yogurt and small fingers of toast too to see how they get on. Things need to be kept simple for babies, but you can certainly get in some fruit without them turning their nose up.
As they are more used to eating hard foods, you can get a bit more creative in the kitchen. Keep things simple as they are just transitioning onto proper meals with things like peach slices on fingers of toast. Unsweetened whole-wheat cereal with delicious stewed fruit is another idea that the little ones will love. If you are a fan of baking, making some mouth-watering banana or blueberry muffins (in miniature size!) will go down a treat. Just make sure you use a refined sugar-free recipe and fresh (maybe even organic) blueberries. This ensures they are getting the health benefits. Finally, pancakes don’t need to be saved for Pancake Day. Let them enjoy some toddler-friendly pancakes occasionally – it could be a weekend treat to look forward to! You could always switch the sugar for agave syrup and use almond milk instead of cow’s milk to make a healthier version of the recipe. Just make sure you pile on the fruit as well to get a full portion at breakfast.
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