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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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