Start the day the healthy way
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day:
- Research links breakfast consumption with improved numeracy and literacy skills
- Children who eat an inadequate breakfast may be more likely to make poor food choices for the rest of the day and in the long term
- Children who skip breakfast may lack fibre and sufficient vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, zinc and vitamin B2.
Breakfast can come in all shapes and sizes and doesn’t always have to be eaten at the table. If time is an issue, try cereal to munch on the way to school such as Weet-Bix Bites or Mini Wheats or a tub/tube of yoghurt. Breakfast drinks, such as Up&Go, can also be a good option for those that are always in a hurry. Of course fruit can be a great breakfast on the run, try wrapping a banana in a piece of wholemeal bread or have fruit chopped up ready to grab and go.
The right cereal
When choosing breakfast cereals look for cereals with:
- 5g or more of fibre per 100g
- less than 20g of sugar per 100g (this doesn’t include sugar from fruit)
- less than 2g of saturated fat per 100g.
If you can stick to this guide the cereal you choose should be healthy and nutritious BUT cereal can always be improved. Porridge for example is a great wholegrain option but adding chopped fruit takes it to a whole new healthy level.
Foodbank School Breakfast Program
Foodbank WA has been running a School Breakfast Program (SBP) since 2001 in response to a growing awareness that students were going to school most days without eating breakfast. Over 430 schools across the state are now involved in the Program, stretching from Kalumburu and Kununurra in the north to Esperance and Albany in the south, to remote schools along the South Australia/Northern Territory borders.
The Program directly reaches over 18,000 children, serving over 58,000 breakfasts and 24,000 ’emergency’ meals per week.
Foodbank WA supplies quality SBP food products to registered schools free of charge, to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to receive a wholesome, nutritious breakfast on a regular basis. Non-perishable SBP products include:
- canned fruit in natural juice
- wheat biscuits and oats
- canned spaghetti, canned baked beans
- UHT milk.
- where possible (subject to availability) schools are able to access fresh produce, including bread, fresh fruit and vegetables and yoghurt.
More information the SBP, resources and the steps for implementation can be found at Foodbank WA .