Experts worldwide agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, for kids and adults alike. But unfortunately for parents, some children just don't see it that way. Whether it's the taste, or that they're just not hungry, fussy eaters can be hard to please first thing in the morning.
Regardless, it's important that kids consume a well-balanced and nutritious meal especially as they go back to school. Since mornings can be hectic, serving ready-to-eat cereal is a great option for many parents as it's quick, simple and they can feel confident that their kids are getting the important nutrients and the energy they need for the day. More information about the nutritional benefits of choosing cereal can be found online at www.loveyourcereal.ca.
The following are a few tips on how to jazz up your child's breakfast cereal so they will actually look forward to eating in the morning and hopefully develop a life-long habit.
Top it up
Give them the option of creating their own special recipes with toppings such as sliced bananas, strawberries and apples. Let them name it and post the “recipe” on the fridge so they feel as though they've created something special and unique.
Let them choose the cereal
Kids will often eat what they have had a say in choosing, so give them an option of a few selections at the grocery
store. Some great options include cereals kids love such as Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Rice Krispies, Mini-Wheats, Corn Pops and Froot Loops. While each is fun and delicious, they are also low in fat and nutrient dense with many essential vitamins and minerals such iron, B vitamins and zinc.
Dress up the table
Serving cereal in colourful or patterned bowls, with a fun spoon and placemat just might do the trick. Your child might make the association between breakfast and play-time if they have visual stimulation that lets their imagination run wild.
Kids will often mimic what their parents are doing so they feel “grown-up.” So, if everyone at the table is eating the same cereal, including big brothers and sisters, they are more likely to get on board.