A healthy, balanced diet plays a major role in the development of children. More and more students in Germany are overweight, which often negatively affects their physical and mental performance.
The healthy breakfast for school and kindergarten
In addition, children who weigh too much often suffer from teasing from their classmates and feel isolated. It is therefore important that kindergarten children learn what healthy eating is and why it is so important for their own health.
Regular meals are important for children
Children need regular meals and much more often than adults. Three larger meals and two smaller snacks are ideally distributed throughout the day. In the morning, schoolchildren and kindergarten children need the most energy to concentrate and to cope with the demands of everyday life.
Breakfast gives you strength for the day, so your child should have something to eat before school starts or kindergarten begins.
However, there are children who do not want to eat anything or eat very much early in the morning. Do not force your child to eat, so you can only do the opposite. It is important that sufficient time is available in the morning, so that your child can have breakfast in peace, if it wants to.
Bread, cornflakes or better a yogurt?
A healthy breakfast includes whole carbohydrates, a piece of fruit or vegetables and, if possible, a milk product. How the individual nutrients are combined is up to you or your child's taste. Basically, whole grain products saturate much longer than, for example, bread made from white flour.
Sugar-containing foods not only damage the teeth, they also cause the blood sugar level to rise rapidly. Your child will be hungry again after a short time.
It makes little sense to completely remove sweet cornflakes or the chocolate spread so popular with children. Such measures only promote the craving for sweet and fatty foods. This applies to children as well as adults.
Instead, you should try to get your child excited about healthier alternatives and offer them different healthy products as often as possible. How about, for example, bread with homemade jam, cream cheese or cheese? For this, your child should eat an apple or another seasonal fruit.
Sausage is also okay, but if possible, choose a low-fat variant from time to time, such as lean ham or turkey breast.
Instead of cornflakes, a cereal is good for creating a good foundation for the day in the morning.
If your child does not want to eat anything in the morning, you can prepare a warm milk with honey or a cocoa instead, so you do not go to school or kindergarten on an empty stomach.
What can a second breakfast look like for a school or day care?
Especially if your child has little breakfast in the morning, you should make sure that they eat a healthy, wholesome snack in school or kindergarten. Whole grain bread is well suited and can be topped with lettuce, cucumber or tomatoes. This way you can be sure that your child eats enough vitamins.
In a well-closed lunch box, the sandwich bread survives the transport in school or kindergarten bag unscathed and remains fresh.
A banana in combination with a yoghurt and another piece of fruit or vegetables provides sufficient energy. Muesli or cornflakes are less suitable as a snack for kindergarten or school, since the transport of these foods is rather difficult and usually no fresh milk is on site.
Make the right choice when drinking
Also remember that your child drinks enough at school or in kindergarten. Most day care centers offer drinks for the children, and students usually have to bring them home. On days when your child has physical education and on hot summer days, it needs a lot of fluids.
Well suited is a drinking area with water, fruit spritzers or unsweetened tea. Sugary sodas, on the other hand, have too many calories and do not quench your thirst. Tap water can be drunk throughout Germany by children from three years without hesitation and is an inexpensive alternative to ready-made drinks.
Tip: With forms for cookie dough, you can quickly and easily transform a simple bread into an appetizing art value. For children almost more applies than for adults: the eye eats too!
Children should develop fun with food and learn what's good for them
It is important that your child learns the basics of healthy and varied nutrition early on and at the same time develops fun and enjoyment of eating. Therefore, vary the break bread from time to time and prefer fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables that come from the region. Products in organic quality are particularly recommended, even if they are somewhat more expensive.
Take your child with you on shopping and explain how bread is made and how their favorite cheese is made. This way your child learns to value food and develops a feeling for which foods are really good for him and his body.
Important: Do not force your child to eat! No child starves voluntarily, it will get the necessary nutrients when it needs them.