Apparently Brad Pitt gives his kids Coca Cola for breakfast to give them enough energy to get out of bed in the morning.

Unfortunately, many Brad fans out there may well think this is a good idea. Let me tell you what a nutritious breakfast (which isn’t Coke, by the way) or lack of is going to do for you and your children:

  • A study in 2010 showed that both children and adults who skipped breakfast had a larger waist circumference, higher insulin and higher cholesterol levels.
  • Another study in 2011 showed that breakfast frequency is related to appetite control and blood glucose control. Therefore, skipping breakfast can really increase your risk of obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.
  • Just last month, researchers in Hong Kong found that skipping breakfast and eating it away from home has a much greater impact on body weight in children than eating breakfast at home.
  • A summary of 47 studies looking at breakfast consumption in children and adolescents suggests that breakfast consumption may improve cognitive function related to memory, test grades, and school attendance.

You may have heard all this before but the reality is, kids in Singapore and the rest of the world are still skipping breakfast or eating low quality fast food on the way to school. If only we could encourage them to eat a nourishing breakfast at home, they would have smaller waistlines, lower risk of developing chronic disease later in life, better memory and school attendance.

Try my homemade muesli recipe below for a high fibre, low GI and delicious brekkie. Just add milk, some natural yoghurt and berries for scrumptiousness in a bowl!!

Homemade Muesli

3 cups whole oats

1 cup All Bran

3 tbsp LSA mix (ground linseeds, sunflower seeds, almonds) – OR whole linseeds

¼ cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup pumpkin seeds

¼ cup chopped almonds or walnuts

½ cup dried apricots, chopped

Mix all ingredients together to combine. Then start the day with a smile.

Stay tuned for more nutritious breakfast ideas.

If you live in Singapore and would like some professional help trying to improve your child’s intake, please contact Vanessa at The Travelling Dietitian.

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