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6 Healthy Tips to Get Kids to Eat Breakfast Routinely

Breakfast is essential to provide nutrition after not eating and drinking all night. Fulfillment of balanced nutrition at breakfast can help support children in carrying out their activities properly.

Kids can get many benefits from breakfast. In addition to providing energy, breakfast is also beneficial to increase endurance and improve concentration while studying at school. Children who have breakfast habits also tend to have a stable weight to avoid the risk of obesity.

6 Healthy Tips to Get Kids to Eat Breakfast Routinely


Why Do Children Tend to Be Reluctant to Eat Breakfast?

Unfortunately, there are still many children who are difficult if asked to have breakfast. Even if they don't get breakfast, they will skip the intake of essential nutrients in the morning. Of course, it will affect the day's activities.

Many reasons make them refuse to get breakfast. Some refuse to eat breakfast because they are not hungry, and some are not appetite to eat.

Don't let this continue because skipping breakfast can have a variety of negative effects on kids. Children who don't eat breakfast will feel sluggish, tired, restless, in a bad mood, and easily offended.

Even though we want kids to get used to eating breakfast regularly, don't ever force them. Kids may refuse breakfast at first, but after some time, they will get used to it.

How do I get my kids to eat breakfast?

Tips to make Kids Eat Breakfast Routinely 

To the kids do not feel forced, the following tips can be applied to encourage them to want breakfast every morning:

1. Start with small portions.
When kids look at the portion of the breakfast menu that seems too much, maybe they are not immediately interested. For starters, please give them the menu in small portions. A few pieces of fruit, a piece of whole wheat bread and peanut butter, or a small bowl of cereal are enough to get them to start breakfast.

2. Give healthy food.
Choose healthy food as a breakfast menu for Kids, for example, fruit, whole wheat bread, fruits such as bananas or apples, and cereal-based foods, and milk. Avoid fast foods or fried foods, because they contain high fat and low in nutrients.

3. Serve a varied menu
Avoid giving the same breakfast menu every day. Make a varied menu. For example, today serve whole-grain bread with fruit jam, and tomorrow serve cereal with additional pieces of fresh fruit. Giving the same menu every day will make kids bored and eventually refuse breakfast.

Cereal and milk as attractive choices
A bowl of cereal with cold milk will likely make kids interested in breakfast. With vitamins and minerals that are important for the body, cereals can be a nutritious breakfast menu choice. Some studies show that breakfast with cereals can help maintain weight, even improve nutritional status. Cereals for children are usually available in various appearances and flavors. Let kids choose the model and taste of the cereal they like. A variety of cereals made from whole wheat can be an option because of its health benefits, such as being rich in fiber and proper nutrition to maintain digestive health and endurance, so that children are ready to undergo their activities throughout the day. 

4. Interspersed with nutrient-rich intake
Give a cup of yogurt or mix it with milk and fruit using a blender to make a delightful smoothie. This menu can also be served as a practical, healthy breakfast menu choice.

5. Involve kids to choose and prepare breakfast
When kids choose a certain menu, it means they are interested in these foods. The consequence is that kids spend their breakfast because they select their menu. Let the kids help prepare breakfast. For example, get the ingredients from the fridge. You can also talk a little about these food ingredients. Thus kids will be more interested in the menu and start to feel pleasant when getting used to breakfast.

6. Breakfast with Kids
Parents are role models or role models for children. The parents can give an example that always to have breakfast every morning. Let kids see their parents spending breakfast. Keep taking the time to have breakfast with kids will make them follow the activity.

There are many ways to arouse the appetite of children to be interested in breakfast every morning. Never get bored encouraging the kids to enjoy breakfast and make it a routine activity, as part of how you teach your children to live healthily. All this to support their growth and development, activities, and achievements.

References
1. Jennings, K. (2016). Healthline. 9 Legitimate Health Benefits of Eating Whole Grains.
2. Kids Health, Nemours Foundation. (2015). Breakfast Basic.
3. Shay, M. BabyCenter. Should I Insist that My Child Eat Breakfast? (Ages 5 to 8).
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5. Williams, P. G. (2014). The Benefits of Breakfast Cereal Consumption: A Systematic Review of the Evidence Base. Advances in Nutrition, 5(5), pp. 636S–673S.
6. Zelman, K. M. (2007). WebMD. The Many Benefits of Breakfast.

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