Why we love breakfast!

With three children I am well aware of how important it is to set yourself up for the day with a healthy breakfast and I always try to make sure that we have cereals, porridge (with manuka honey) or yogurt and a piece of fruit. Even little Ned who is a year old has some fruit with cereals and/ or yogurt for breakfast.
There are so many benefits to eating a good breakfast. For a start it has been proven that kids who eat breakfast do better in school because it improves their concentration. There is also evidence to suggest that eating a good breakfast will help you with weight loss because you are less likely to snack. The NHS says “Eating breakfast has long term health benefits. It can reduce obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes”.
I now use breakfast time as a chance to covertly educate the kids. One morning we might discuss a piece of artwork I’ve found in a book, another morning I’ll read a poem or rhyme or a short story. It really is my favourite time of the day and as a result of doing this I make sure that we all start the day with a smile on our faces!
This week is National Farmhouse breakfast week, a week celebrating the most important meal of the day, run on behalf of arable farmers who grow a lot of the crops that you end up eating for breakfast. It’s a great campaign as it really encourages you to think about your breakfast in a new way. It’s really easy to get involved as there are so many initiatives as part of the campaign. I love the idea of posting a photo of what you are having each day on Twitter using the hashtag #BreakfastWatch. I think I might have a look at that as a source of inspiration.

To celebrate National Breakfast Week Yeo Valley is running a couple of competitions which I thought you’d like to hear about:
For fans of Pinterestwhere you can win a healthy breakfast hamper. Just repin at least three items (including at least one Yeo Valley item) onto your own board called ‘Yeo Valley healthy breakfast’. Once you’ve created your perfect healthy breakfast, email the link to your board to Yeo Valley at competitions@yeovalley.co.uk
 If you prefer Facebook, Yeo Valley is also running a Facebook competition where you can enter to win a healthy breakfast hamper just check out this link http://www.facebook.com/YeoValley
The prizes look fantastic, so do check it out. I’d love to hear what you have for breakfast in your house, do you enjoy variety or the same each day? Are there any rituals around the routine?
Disclaimer: I am part of the Yeo Valley Brand Ambassador Team


6 Responses

  1. Beadzoid 25th January 2013 / 7:42 pm

    Ooh I didn't know it was National Breakfast Week! Breakfast is actually the one meal where my 3 year old daughter will gleefully eat healthy food, the rest of the time she is a bit of a fusspot nightmare. Good post and I love the illicit education 🙂 x

  2. Heather 26th January 2013 / 10:18 am

    we usually have porridge or toast – not that that's the first choice for the kids. We have to have the 'no chocolate cereal on a school day' conversation pretty much every weekday lol

  3. Ramblings Of A Suburban Mummy 26th January 2013 / 7:36 pm

    Love porridge with blueberries and a dash of honey or syrup!<br /><br />PS Is it just me or is this latest post font a bit hard to read? x

  4. Becca 27th January 2013 / 11:36 am

    It&#39;s true! I also make sure my kids eat a healthy food before they start their day at school. For kids that very active it is important they eat balance nutrients everyday.

  5. thereandbackagainamotherstale 28th January 2013 / 11:28 am

    What a happy little morning face! My little lady and I share a bowl of porridge each morning, it&#39;s our rocket fuel and a lovely time to have a chat and get ready for the day ahead!

  6. Claire 30th January 2013 / 9:35 pm

    What a cutie, we like porridge too and also like you with a dash of honey.

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