You’ve heard it time and again: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What happens then when your children skip this most crucial meal? How do you prevent this from happening? Mums, let’s not allow hectic mornings to get in the way of giving our children the healthy breakfast they need everyday.
The science behind the reasons why breakfast is important is clear: School-aged children may stand to benefit the most from having a morning meal. Studies show that children who have breakfast perform better in tasks which require attention, executive function and memory.
Despite the very clear benefits of breakfast, a shocking number of children regularly go to school with an empty stomach. In Singapore, one in three primary school children skip breakfast at least once a week. The truth is, kids and their parents can easily get carried away by the morning rush, resulting in no-time-for-breakfast days. And these no-brekky days, in turn, have a negative impact on their school performance and health.
Read on to see how kids can be on time for school and have their breakfast too.
Remember: Simple AND Healthy
Simplicity makes breakfast a lot more likely to happen. Whether breakfast preparation is done the night before or on the morning itself, it still takes a chunk of your precious time. So go for simple and quick instead of elaborate and time-consuming. Another factor to consider is how easy the meal is to eat or take away. There might not be enough time to sit at the table so grab-and-go is more practical.
Healthy ensures that your child gets the right nutrients to start the day. An unhealthy breakfast may be just as bad as skipping breakfast altogether. One study revealed that, compared to a high-protein breakfast, a high-carbohydrate breakfast can impair attention. This is likely because carbohydrates are sugars and a spike in glucose levels may just lead to a sugar crash a few hours later. Furthermore, breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day – in terms of sugar in the blood, as well as appetite regulation. So staying away from high glycemic index foods (carbohydrates like bread, potatoes and short-grain rice) in the morning lowers the risk of diabetes and obesity. A protein-rich breakfast is the key to starting the day right.
Tried and Tested
So what’s the ultimate breakfast solution that’s both simple and protein-rich?
Studies have confirmed that one traditional remedy really does increase concentration and even improves recovery from mental fatigue: BRAND’S Essence of Chicken (BEC). Those who take it at the start of the day attest to feeling less tired and having more mental clarity.
If you’ve been wondering what to include in your kids’ breakfast before school, the answer is simple, healthy and tried and tested: BRAND’S Essence of Chicken.
BRAND’S AlphaMynd Essence of Chicken for Children with Vitamin B Complex
BRAND’S AlphaMynd Essence of Chicken is the same well-loved BEC you know so well, except it has been fortified with Vitamin B Complex (Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B1, and Vitamin B12) to make it even more nourishing for children’s growth. Recommended for children aged 2 to 12 years old, it is fat free, cholesterol free, preservatives free, and has no added salt. One bottle looks small and unassuming, but it packs a powerful punch – giving children the nutrients and energy they need to excel during the school day.
If you have absolutely no time to spare during the morning rush at home, then, just give your kids BRAND’S AlphaMynd Essence of Chicken to drink on-the-go!
3 Ways to Give Your Kids BRAND’S AlphaMynd Essence of Chicken Before School
1. Straight Up!
The easiest way to consume BRAND’S AlphaMynd Essence of Chicken is to drink straight from the bottle! Each bottle is equivalent to one serving and can be enjoyed at room temperature or chilled. Some prefer taking it warm, so just place the bottle in a bowl of hot water beforehand. Simple? Check! Right nutrients? Check again! Breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated.
2. With Honey
For children who prefer a sweeter flavour, adding honey is a great healthy solution. Just mix at least one tablespoon of honey to 100ml of water and one bottle of BRAND’S AlphaMynd Essence of Chicken for a nourishing breakfast option.
3. With Milk
Double down on healthy goodness and mix BRAND’S AlphaMynd Essence of Chicken with milk. Not only does this ensure a protein-rich breakfast, it also provides additional minerals like calcium and zinc.
Give these a try and see which your child prefers. For picky eaters, explain the benefits of a healthy diet and keep mealtimes fun to help them overcome their hesitation. It also helps when they see you downing your own bottle of BEC. Parents who have used BRAND’S Essence of Chicken themselves stand by the drink and its benefits. So keep it simple for less-stressful mornings and be a good role model while you’re at it.
Starting your child’s days with a bottle of BRAND’S AlphaMynd Essence of Chicken for Children with Vitamin B Complex can turn into a lifelong habit – the invaluable habit of naturally preparing one’s mind to face the day’s challenges!