Healthy eating for growing minds

Healthy eating for growing minds

All parents set out to provide the best for their children, that includes a healthy start each day to help their growing minds but in today’s fast paced world it is easier said than done. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and will enhance your child’s learning ability.

As children develop they become used to the foods they naturally prefer and it is a challenge to making healthy meals appealing. Children’s cereal is loaded with sugar to make it easier for parents to feed their children however it can be a big mistake feeding young children these cereals not to mention the cost of each box of cereal that continues to rise in price.

It is no secret the whole foods are healthier even though many parents presume it is more expensive. To celebrate Canadian Family Literacy Day, Grocery Alerts has some suggestions and tips to providing a healthier start to your child’s development while keeping the cost down of a healthy breakfast.

  1. Whole-wheat cinnamon pancakes with any nut butter. You can experiment with pancakes by changing the consistency of the batter by adding in fruits and nuts your kids already love. Prepare the batter the night before or alternatively make the pancakes on the weekend and toast them for breakfast.
  2. French Toast with fruit.This is one of my all-time favorites, using eggs, milk and orange zest to dip your whole-wheat bread. Bake and top with fresh fruit. Use coloured fruits your kids love like strawberries and bananas.
  3. Citrus Cinnamon Quick Oatmeal.This is another recipe you can add tasteful ingredients that your kids love. Add in the orange zest and cinnamon with almonds. Peel and sprinkle the diced orange on top. Alternatively add some peaches if you kids prefer peaches.
  4. Scrabbled eggs on whole-wheat toast.Quick and easy, beat eggs and milk and place them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and voilà scrambled eggs.
  5. Granola, yogurt and fruit.Slice up a banana, apple or orange, add in two scoops of yogurt and dish onto your granola. Toasting some nuts and oats with a little 100% Canadian maple syrup you can make granola at home.

To save you money on the most important meal of the day consider grabbing a bag of quick oats instead of grabbing a box of cereal, this will provide your child a healthy start and will keep your wallet healthy too.

“All Canadians are invited to take a learning journey with us for Family Literacy Day 2012.” Visit ABC Life Literacy Canada by clicking here to to take the challenge.

“Learning happens everywhere, and it’s easy to make learning part of your daily life. To download the Journey to Learning Passport and complete as many activities as you can leading up to Family Literacy Day on January 27, 2012″

“You can complete the passport as a family, individually or in groups at a Family Literacy Day event. Find out more about the Journey to Learning Passport.

Lina Zussino

Lina Zussino, is a co-founder of Grocery Alerts Canada. encourages real whole foods cooking while helping Canadians save money with grocery deals and coupons.


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