Don’t send the kids off hungry

Posted 10.09.2014 in Kids, Recipes

 Don’t send the kids off hungry

With the kids back at school, it’s time to think about what to serve for breakfast before the school run and ensure the whole family starts the day with the fuel they need.

Studies have shown how eating breakfast can improve memory and concentration levels - it can also make us happier as it can improve mood and lower stress levels. In studies amongst children, breakfast can improve attainment, behaviour and has been linked to improved grades. Just like any other organ in the body, the brain needs energy to work at its best!

It’s not just cognitive function that makes breakfast so important; it can make us healthier too. A recent study has also showed that kids who don't eat breakfast may have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The researchers from St George’s University studied 4,000 children aged 9 and 10 years old in the UK. They gathered information on how often the kids had breakfast, measured each child's body fat and collected blood samples. The kids who reported regularly skipping breakfast had 26 per cent higher levels of insulin in their blood after a period of fasting than those who reported eating breakfast every day. They also had 26 per cent higher levels of insulin resistance.

We’ve put together a set of breakfast recipes that kids and parents will love, which include Blueberry & Oat Muffins - perfect for breakfast on the go as they can be made in advance and even freezed. Our Honeyed Muesli Crunch makes 12 portions and can be served in an airtight container for up to a month.

If you’re looking for a super speedy breakfast to make on the morning, both our Seeded Porridge and Wheaty Raspberry Smoothie are ready in just five minutes. And if you need any more ideas we have over 100 breakfast recipes here on the site, including our child-friendly and family breakfasts sections. It’s easy therefore to make sure no one leaves the house hungry - whether heading to school or work!