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Get off to a great start with a healthy breakfast!

Getting the best start to the day by having a good breakfast is an important part of being healthy. But many of us are missing out, choosing breakfast options that are high in sugar or fat, or not having anything at all. Eating breakfast gives us the energy we need until lunchtime and can help to cut-down on snacking throughout the morning. But many of us are missing out, choosing breakfast options that are high in sugar or fat, or not having anything at all.

Breakfast4Life has simple tips and fun activities to help us choose healthier breakfast options, or help us find ways to fit in breakfast if we skip it altogether.

Good breakfast foods

The following foods are all great ingredients for a healthy breakfast.

  • Fruit and vegetables: all fruit and vegetables that are fresh, tinned, dried, frozen or in juice form are good for you. (Just be careful of things like tinned peaches in syrup as these are higher in sugar than those in their own juice.)
  • Starchy foods: bread (especially wholemeal), rice and cereals (especially wholegrain) that are lower-sugar and lower-salt.
  • Milk and dairy: cheese, low-fat yoghurt and lower-fat milk.
  • Non-dairy protein: meat, fish, eggs, beans and unsalted nuts.

Go easy on breakfast spreads that are high in fat, sugar and salt - e.g. jam, butter and yeast extract. We can get away with spreading on less than we think!

Breakfast ideas and tips

Need some inspiration for the breakfast table? Explore the plates with your kids on our What's for breakfast? game for some ideas and tips, and check out the breakfast ideas in the recipe finder.

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