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It is important to help children become more aware of their food
choices – for them to understand what foods they need and
don’t need in their developing bodies.
Children need to be influenced and encouraged by their parents,
and in turn parents need some guidance as to what nutrients
are needed most and in what foods they will find these.

It is hard these days to see past the marketing and the government’s
inability to bring tighter control over food manufacturers, which leads to
a false sense that refined foods are okay.
Teenagers often suffer from poor nutrition as they become more independent
and consume more and more foods that lack nutrients, causing
deficiencies and in some cases behavioural problems.

Young people can be inspired to eat well if the information that they receive from parents teachers or Nutritional Therapists is well communicated and interesting.
I have found that children like to feel that they have made the decision to eat
well and not been ‘Told’ to.

Breakfast – you will have heard or read that breakfast is ‘The most important meal of the day’. I think that all meals are important – but breakfast is the one you must get right for your child. Eating a breakfasts high in carbs but low in protein and fats, is setting them up for a blood sugar fall later in the morning. Many children then eat a sugary snack, spike the blood sugar and later causing another dip in energy. This can manifest itself in erratic behaviour and loss of focus. School children especially, need a good nutritious breakfast, which does give them better energy and
focus for the whole day.

Example Breakfasts:
1. Pancakes made with eggs and whole grain Spelt,
filled with fruit and natural yoghurt.

2. Scrambled eggs on toast.
3. Homemade muesli with organic seeds and nuts and raisins.
4. Nut and seed Spreads: Full of proteins, fats and nutrients. All available in health-stores: Pumpkin seed butter Hemp seed butter Tahini (sesame seed spread) Nut butters (preferably organic and whole)
5. Homemade baked beans or organic baked beans on toast.
6. Whole grain cereals with pumpkin seeds (Quinoa cereals are high in protein)
7. Homemade spreads: See breakfast ideas page.
8. Goats Cheese omelette with cherry tomatoes with whole grain toasted pitta.