17 March 2016
EAT RIGHT, BE BRIGHT By Ola Luczak | SPORTS DIETITIAN
Does your child eat breakfast every morning? Studies show that 1 in 6 children are arriving at school without having eaten. The most common reasons being ‘no time’ and ‘don’t like eating breakfast.’ Join me in encouraging your children to start the day right and create positive lifelong eating habits.
WHY EAT BREAKFAST?
It’s simple. It’s been proven time and time again to have the following benefits:
WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD EAT?
Choose foods that are high in fibre (>6g / 100g), contain some protein and low in added sugar (<15g / 100g). This provides a sustained energy, keeps your child full, increases metabolism, improves gut health, supports growth and aids in muscle recovery.
RUNNING OUT THE DOOR LATE:
ADDRESS THE BARRIERS
It is important to address the reasons why your child may not be having breakfast. If it’s a matter of time, simple planning can allow your children to grab something before running out the door. If they don’t feel hungry it’s because they have trained their body not to expect food. Start with a small snack in the morning and within a couple of weeks the body will start to expect and want food in the morning. If it’s due to early morning technical training, encourage a small snack before training and eating breakfast afterwards.
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