Are children getting a healthy start to the school day? According to research from a Canadian health organization, kids and teenagers are not eating a healthy breakfast, or at all, before the school day begins.
Back in the day, the wife would cook a wholesome breakfast for the entire family before the work and school day. She would also provide the children a paper bag for lunch that would consist of a sandwich, an apple and milk. Fast forward to the modern day, and it has all changed.
With the brand new school year within our grasp, the Heart and Stroke Foundation released a report that highlights the many challenges parents face in providing a healthy and nutritional breakfast for their children.
According to the new polling data, 51 percent cite a lack of time in the morning as the biggest obstacle in making healthy meals prior to the six-hour school day. Meanwhile, 41 percent noted that the kids are just not hungry in the morning, while 29 percent reported the children being fastidious eaters and putting aside the healthy food options.
“We know that a healthy breakfast helps children concentrate better in school and makes it easier for them to learn,” said Carol Dombrow, Heart and Stroke Foundation registered dietitian, in the news release. “We all want to give our kids the power to be their best and the truth is, breakfast plays a big part.” Fibre, iron and protein are the powerful nutritional trio that make up a healthy and well-rounded breakfast.”
Dombrow further explained that time restraints are quite understandable, but said that it’s all about being creative when it comes to preparing breakfast and organizing a plan in advance. “And with a little prep work and thought you can turn your children into breakfast champions – it might even get them jumping out of bed in the morning!”
What does she suggest?
- Melt low-fat cheese onto an English muffin with apple slices
- Make a face on a bowl of oatmeal with almonds and raisins
- Serve a fruit smoothie
- Warm up leftovers and make a dish out of that
- Create a weekly menu and let the children get involved.
The survey was conducted with 2,498 Canadian parents of children between the ages of 4 and 18, who were in school.