MP900430484-1.JPGDo you ever struggle with what to give your kids for breakfast? During the week we’re all rushing around getting ourselves (and the kids) up and ready for the day whether it’s school or early morning hockey practice. We try our best to give them a balanced breakfast whether they are hungry or not. Ever hear “But I’m not hungry” ?So we simply throw a few snacks into the backpack for recess. But wait…

Did you know that 77% of teachers have actually offered food to students they thought were hungry? 
Few Canadian moms are hearing their kids complain about breakfast, but the effects of missing it may compromise their ability to learn and to engage in physical and social activities. 
Teachers list a lack of breakfast as one of the top 5 barriers to kids’ learning. According to a recent study, 
*Nearly 7 in 10 teachers (69%) say “Poor Concentration” can be related to a student not eating breakfast Often/All the time.
*more than half of teachers (57%) of teachers say “Poor Grades/Performance” can be related to a student not eating breakfast Often/All the time.
*More than half (54%) of teachers say “Poor Behaviour” can be related to a student not eating breakfast Often/All the time. 
Surprisingly, Seven out of 10 moms believe their kids eat a balanced breakfast most days yet only about one third (36%) know the balanced breakfast recommendations in Canada’s Food Guide (foods from at least three out of four Food Groups).

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This year marks the first year of The Nutella Breakfast Table Fund – an initiative designed to support individuals and organizations that are helping to champion breakfast in their own communities across anada with up to $100,000 in funding. 
The Nutella Breakfast Table Fund will support projects that take place in Canada in 2013. The fund will be open for application until December 2012 and the winners will be announced in February 2013. The goal is to support initiatives that give children the opportunity to experience breakfast in a fun, joyful or educational environment. 
For more information, or to apply, please visit the webpage at www.Facebook.com/TheBreakfastTable. Here, parents can also share tips and advice and find solutions to everyday breakfast challenges. 
What’s your kid’s favourite breakfast?
*Survey was conducted with more than 2000 Canadian moms. An Ipsos I-Say online panel was conducted, which collected responses from 2019 Canadian moms with at least one child between the ages of 5 and 12. Another survey was conducted by Ipsos of more than 400 Canadian elementary school teachers.
  • Katja Falla

    I used to put Nutella on croissant dough then roll. Bake. Mmmm.

  • Tracey

    My kid wants Nutella on bread, or on a waffle every day. I don’t always feed it to him, but with a glass of milk and maybe TWO strawberries, it’s better than nothing. I throw him out the door with a pear to eat on the way to school.

  • Cayla

    As a teacher, I totally agree that lack of breakfast + poor performance & concentration. Whenever a student is having a rough morning, I ask if they ate breakfast. 9/10 times, the answer is “no.”
    As a mom, I make sure my kids always eat breakfast, even if they don’t want to.
    Some of our regulars include:
    Leftovers from dinner the night before
    Smoothies
    Quesedilla
    Muffins/loafs/breakfast cookies. I bake a batch on the weekend or whenever I’ve got time & freeze them. Pop it in the oven for a few minutes and you’re good to go!
    AND Nutella on toast with banana slices. or Nutella with apple slices.

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