Published: 9th May 2020
Those of us involved in fashion modelling – or with baby models or kids in child modelling – know the importance of fuelling ourselves and our youngsters for the busy day ahead.
Others might be looking to become a model themselves and therefore keen to make changes ready for a new lifestyle or are simply eager to become fitter, healthy and happier in themselves.
Either way, we need to be setting an example and coming up with creative ways to ensure our children are eating properly, whether they are going to school, learning at home or embarking upon a day of other activity and entertainment.
Lower GCSE Grades Without Breakfast
Researchers, from the University of Leeds, have demonstrated a link between eating breakfast and GCSE results for secondary school students.
They found pupils who rarely ate a morning meal achieved nearly two grades lower than those who did.
Lead researcher Dr Katie Adolphus, from the university’s School of Psychology, says: “Our study suggests that secondary school students are at a disadvantage if they are not getting a morning meal to fuel their brains for the start of the school day.
“The UK has a growing problem of food poverty, with an estimated half a million children arriving at school each day too hungry to learn.
“Previously we have shown that eating breakfast has a positive impact on children’s cognition.
“This research suggests that poor nutrition is associated with worse results at school.”
So how can we tempt them?
*Bling up the Porridge
Plain porridge oats provide great nutrition but give your kids control of livening it up a little with healthy toppings of their own choice.
Offer them a selection of nuts, berries, chopped fruit and yoghurt to choose from and spoon on top. They could top it off with a little honey or fresh fruit purée for sweetness.
*Make Smoothie Bowls
Kids also love smoothie bowls so now might be the time to invest in a smoothie maker.
Let them experiment with different fruits to make a smoothie they really enjoy then allow them to choose whether to add granola, oats, nuts or fresh fruit. Let them get creative with their patterns.
*Start Baking and Making
As a family, why not start making your own wholemeal bread and fresh yoghurt? Both are very easy to do and, if you can get the kids involved, they are more likely to enjoy it.
Let them also choose which fruits to make into purées to give your homemade yoghurt a different flavour each day.
*Get Them Involved
Have one day a week where each child can decide what the family will enjoy together as a healthy breakfast; then let them prepare or cook it themselves.
Teaching them how to make boiled eggs with wholemeal toast, for example, or scrambled eggs cooked around a choice of fresh vegetables will also give them valuable life skills.