31/05/2018 06:16 SAST | Updated 31/05/2018 06:16 SAST

3 Healthy (And Quick) Breakfast Ideas For Kids, As Recommended By A Dietician

Don't do guilt if cereal is all you have time for, as long as it's low in sugar and high in fibre. But there are more balanced options that are quick, too.

Trying to ensure your kids start the day off with a healthy breakfast while juggling everything else you have to do to get everyone out the house in the morning is a battle for many parents.

With statistics continually showing increasing childhood obesity rates, it is an issue many parents are keen to address.

So how can you ensure your child starts the day off right? We asked British Dietetic Association (BDA) spokesperson and paediatric dietician Aisling Pigott for some healthy, yet quick, ideas for kids' breakfasts.

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"We need to be realistic and understand that we all live busy lives," says Pigott. "We shouldn't demonise foods and make parents feel guilty for giving their children cereal."

Pigott adds that parents should find a breakfast that works for them and their own family routine. And it doesn't have to be complicated.

1. Cereal.

"If cereal is something that suits you as a parent, that's fine — but make sure it is low-sugar and high-fibre," says Pigott. Many cereals do contain high levels of sugar, but Pigott says there are plenty that are fine for children. "The best ones are oat-based," she says. "Weet-Bix or wholewheat biscuits are great, as they tend to be low in sugar and it's quick and easy."

When buying cereal for your kids, compare labels and choose the option with the least sugar per bowl.

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Cereal can be part of a healthy breakfast for kids.

2. Porridge and fruit.

Pigott says an ideal breakfast includes some carbohydrates, some protein and some fruit and vegetables. "The perfectly healthy balanced breakfast would be oats (with nothing added), milk and some fruit on top, such as banana or berries," she says. "It doesn't have to be complicated, but that's a great option and will keep them full through until lunch."

Try out this banana porridge with raspberries recipe here.

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3. Egg/beans on toast.

If you're looking for a slightly more time-intensive alternative or something to make the kids on the weekend, Pigott says a good option that's high in fibre is eggs or baked beans on toast, as long as you choose wholewheat toast. "It's quite filling and not too complicated or long-winded," she adds.

If you're going for eggs, find out the healthiest way to cook them here.

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