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A healthy start

Mornings can be a hectic time for all families. Whether you are trying to get kids ready for school or rushing to an early appointment, it's easy to let breakfast fall by the wayside.

In fact, according to Sydney Local Health District Early Childhood Dietitian Kalliope Polyronis, one in four children in Australia skips breakfast.

"This sets them up for a whole day of poor concentration," she says. "For adults, it often means we’re likely to tuck into an unhealthy choice at our next meal time."

"Ensuring your kids have a breakfast based on wholegrain cereal or bread, milk or yoghurt and fruit will mean they'll perform better at school and have the endurance to stay active throughout the day," she says.

"It also means they are more likely to be eating well and getting into good habits earlier in life," she says.

Mrs Polyronis says it doesn't need to be gourmet - and there are ways for us all to be able to put breakie on our priority list.

Smart ideas for brekkie

  • Two thirds of a cup of whole-wheat breakfast cereal such as Weetbix or a shredded wheat mix with milk and sliced fresh fruit.

  • A delicious smoothie made from milk, fresh fruit and yoghurt.

  • Wholemeal English muffins or crumpets with some cheese, baked beans or avocado.

  • Untoasted muesli or rolled oats.

Rushed for time in the morning? No need to skip breakfast!

  • Keep a supply of healthy whole grain cereals in the house. These are quick, easy and very nutritious.

  • Prepare breakfast the night before by setting the table, with bowls and cutlery. This works well for children. You could also prepare bircher muesli the night before.

  • If you eat breakfast at work, be prepared with some healthy food choices. For example, store some low-fat yoghurt, reduced-fat cheese in the fridge. Keep a loaf of whole grain bread, some nuts, fruit and tins of baked beans on hand.

 
 

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