Homemade breakfast for schoolchildren

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Doctors from the University of Berlin recently proved that home-cooked breakfast is essential to children. Students who receive a full day, a hearty breakfast do better in school and less likely to suffer from excess weight than those that ignore the morning meal.

After the first lesson — that in any case the tension and stress. If this stress occurs regularly on an empty stomach, then to the notorious School of gastritis, ulcers and even — a stone's throw away. In addition, after a serious intellectual burden not had time to have breakfast child is experiencing a shortage of energy, which then overeat at lunch and dinner. But for those who does not give up breakfast, not only in normal weight, but also a better memory, higher IQ, they are less likely to skip class.

Three Pillars of proper breakfast

Experts believe that the child's breakfast should consist of three main elements:

  • Fruit. It is a source of vitamins that support the immune system, and fiber. Keep in mind, more benefits and vitamins in a recently harvested fruit. Such is, even in the winter! This citrus fruit (provided that the child has an allergy to them) and pomegranates. During the upcoming spring beriberi relevant are cherries, strawberries, fresh herbs.
  • Cereal products. They include vitamins A and D, iron. Furthermore, cereals contain carbohydrates that provide energy after an overnight interruption.
  • Dairy produce — Milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese — an indispensable source of calcium, so essential to a child's body.

So, fruit, cereal and milk something — the basis of children's breakfast. But what if your child refuses to wholesome food and strives to either skip breakfast altogether or grab a chocolate bar on the go, eat chips and drink Coca-Cola?

Everyone knows that food should be a regular, varied and safe. But how to make these wonderful principles in life? Teach a child to choose healthy meals, take care of their health, the most control over what and how they eat? The Institute of Physiology RAO M.M.Bezrukih under the leadership of the initiative and with the support of the Nestle Company in 2006 developed a new educational program "Good Nutrition". The purpose of this program — in a playful way to instill a culture of healthy eating for children. The program has been successfully operating in 27 regions of Russia. But what do you do if your school this wonderful program has not come yet? Action themselves!

Life Saving …

To foster a culture of food in early childhood. Even preschoolers quite accessible notion that during the day is breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. During the meal, pay attention to the child to watch, show, where there are arrows, turn to the window and look along with it: the sun rises, we have breakfast, and now the sun is high, it's time for dinner. After dinner, slept, looked again at the clock — time for an afternoon snack. And in the evening when the sun goes down, sit down to supper. So pipsqueak learn to organize their food. And if the day care center or home main responsibility lies with the educators and parents, the school, he will decide on what kind of change it is time to eat a sandwich brought from home or an apple, and when he returned home, be able to organize yourself a simple lunch.

A separate issue — the right choice, healthy foods. Of course, no child, being of sound mind and memory, do not give up chocolate bar in favor of oatmeal. But there can be a culture of healthy eating and the need to educate! Entrust your child to keep a check your diet. You can, for example, make a special diary, where the child will write or draw the healthiest meals that he ate during the day. Divide all the products are the most useful (which should be eaten daily), utility (used not every day) and those that can be eaten infrequently. The first group includes vegetables and fruits, meat, fish, vegetable oil, milk, yogurt, cheese, cereals. The second group includes eggs, honey, nuts, dried fruit, pasta, lean cold cuts and sausages, beans. And finally, the third group of products — confectionery (cakes), sausage, ice cream, chocolate, fatty sauces, etc.

Thus, unbeknownst to yourself your treasure will learn to evaluate the usefulness of their daily diet. Discuss with them the results of diary entries — last week you ate five of useful products, and this — as many as eight!

And with the proverbial porridge, you can experiment. What if we add to it nuts, seeds, dried fruit, or maybe a handful of fresh berries? And if you do not simply add, and draw a funny little face, laying of the highlights of his eyes, the nose — from the nuts and mouth — bright drops of jam?

The fact that before the meal is necessary to wash your hands, they know everything. Only the children somehow forget about it. Do not scold the child and do not be angry at him. It is better to hang in a prominent place a big calendar and let the child himself will celebrate a smiling face on the days when he did not forget to wash your hands before eating. By the 5-6 years the child should be formed idea about the freshness of products. Pay attention to the smell of it, the color, the taste of a dish. Encourage your child to the fact that even at the slightest suspicion of nesvezhest product, it is by no means impossible. Unfortunately, the food in school canteens and kindergarten is not always safe for our children. And it is very important that the child pay attention to what he eats.

Breakfast for honors

Found that certain foods can stimulate mental activity. The classic tool for maintaining brain — glucose. Therefore, in many diet and stress dealing with student must have something sweet: tea with sugar, sweet curd, a small piece of chocolate. Of course, it is not necessary to abuse sweet, but during exams make the child a small indulgence in the diet.

Vitamin B1 vitamin nutritionists call memory, it is also very relevant in the school diet — it helps to focus, calm the nervous system. Please note, this vitamin in many germinated grains, bran, legumes. He also found in yeast, nuts (hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds), in apricots, rosehips, beets, carrots, radishes.

Intensive study — it is always stressful for the body. As a result of stress often develop dysbiosis. This means that your student on the table have to be bio-enriched bifidobacteria and lactobacilli.

But from breakfast cereals in the form of flakes should be abandoned. British Consumers' Association filed them serious charges.

"Many breakfasts contain a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals, but at the same time they contain excessive amounts of other, not healthy ingredients. These results were obtained in 85 of 100 cases, "- said the representative consumer associations Michelle Smith. According to her, 32% of children's breakfasts contain too much sugar, and 64% — an excessive amount of salt. In particular, the production of such popular brands like All-Bran, Oat Krunchies or Golden Grahams, Specialists Association found as much salt as a 25-gram bag of salted nuts supplied beer.


Fast porridge "Good morning!"

You will need: 3-4 tablespoons of very finely ground oatmeal, 1 cup boiling water 2 teaspoons sugar

Pour boiling water over oatmeal, put in the microwave or on the fire for a minute (if you cook porridge in the microwave, it is more convenient to do it in a large and deep ceramic plate). In the mess at will, you can add a little butter, dried fruit, nuts, jam.


You will need: 250 g of cottage cheese, 1 egg, salt, sugar to taste, 2 tbsp flour, vegetable oil for frying.

Cottage cheese mixed with egg, add salt, sugar, mix well, add the flour. Knead the dough. Mold balls, roll them in flour and flatten them to be 1 cm high fry over moderate heat. Serve with sour cream, jam or honey.

And you can not
fry cottage cheese and cook in salted water. And then you will get:

Lazy pierogi

You will need: 1 pack of cottage cheese (200g) egg 1 pc., 1-2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, vanilla pinch of salt 1/8 tsp

Rub the cottage cheese with egg, salt, sugar and vanilla. Add the flour and mix thoroughly. Put the dough on a floured board and knead, sprinkle the top with flour and roll out to 1 cm thickness. Cut using molds or simply cut into strips with a finger thick. Lowered into the boiling salted water. Simmer until the float. Get a slotted spoon and arrange on a platter layers, each layer lightly sprinkle with sugar, so do not stick together. Serve with sour cream or melted butter.

Hot dishes of cheese require more time to prepare. You can cook them in the evening and in the morning there will be only warm up.

Inessa Smyk

According to the materials of the anthology "Baby Food", 2006

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