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A healthy way to kick-start your day!

September 12, 2018

Everyone says breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but this is especially true for your child! We caught up with BEAR to hear their thoughts on giving children a healthy start which can help their energy, productivity and concentration…

Bear snacks

As a parent you will know only too well that choosing the right breakfast can help set your children up for the busy day ahead. That’s why at BEAR we believe in giving each cub a healthy, tasty and nutritious start to their day.

Here are 3 things to think about when buying cereal and preparing breakfast for your family.

1. Low sugar. A third of parents have stopped buying cereal for their kids because of sugar concerns. When buying cereal for your family you should look for packs that declare around 15g per 100g of sugar or less[i]. Or, even better, look for cereals that use natural sugar alternatives with added benefits. BEAR Alphabites uses coconut blossom nectar to naturally sweeten its cereal – which contains additional nutritional benefits such as naturally high levels of calcium and potassium with just 12g of sugar per 100g.

Porridge is a great low sugar option, but watch out for sugary toppings – try using fresh fruit which adds naturally occurring sweetness and also essential vitamins.

2. High fibre. We recommend giving your cub a high fibre, low GI* breakfast, like porridge, wholegrain toast or multigrain cereal, to help keep them feeling full until lunch and to avoid grizzly sugar crashes in the middle of their morning lessons!

*Science bit: The Glycemic Index – commonly known as GI – measures how quickly blood sugar rises after food. As part of a balanced diet, you want to eat low GI foods that keep your blood sugar levels nice and steady, meaning you’re less likely to reach for the biscuit jar in between meals[ii]!

3. Added benefits. Just as adding fresh fruit to your porridge provides you with additional fibre and naturally occurring vitamins, choosing cereals or other breakfast options that will provide you with extra nutritional benefits is a great way to start the day! How about a good old fashioned boiled egg and soldiers? Eggs are a good source of protein and contain vitamins A, D and E, iron and zinc – eggs-traordinary! Or are you a family hot on the breakfast trend of smashed avocado on (wholegrain) toast? If so, you’re packing 20 types of vitamins and nutrients and heart-healthy fats into your day before you’ve even left the house – smashing stuff!

[i] Source: Public Health England report ‘Sugar Reduction: Achieving 20%’, 30th March 2017

[ii] Source: www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/food-and-diet/what-is-the-gylcaemic-index-gi/

Healthy lunchbox and on-the-go snacks

Grrrreat stuff – you’ve got your cub through to lunchtime, but what do you give them if they fancy a treat at the end of their lunch or on their way home from school? If they like something savoury, you could try mini omelettes – whisk up some eggs and add cooked chopped veg (leftovers from last night’s dinner work perfectly), pour into muffin tin holes and bake until set and golden. These keep in the fridge for up to a week so your cubs have snacks ready-to-go when they get home from school.

Just like how we make our products, we think making healthy and tasty snacks doesn’t have to complicated, so why not get your cubs involved in making their own version of this colourful snack plate using their favourite fruit and veg? For more healthy snack ideas, visit bearnibbles.co.uk.

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Once your child has had a brilliant breakfast, they’re ready to face the day and become a fearless learner! Find out how to help them with their next steps, whatever they may be.

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