Making a healthy breakfast

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spiced-cranberry-porrageThis week is Farmhouse Breakfast Week. The idea is to encourage people to start their day with a healthy breakfast.

There are some interesting statistics surrounding breakfast; for instance:

One in six adults never eat breakfast
36% of consumers agree that skipping breakfast leads to overeating later in the day
32% of ten to sixteen year old children living in England do not eat breakfast before leaving home
Research done by the Cardiff University School of Psychology, has shown that eating breakfast helps children function better in school than those who skip the first meal of the day.

Nutritional breakfast

I have to admit to having an old fashioned view about breakfast! I view it as the most important meal of the day, and even if Little Miss Green says she is not hungry (which only happens if she is nervous about something), I’ll whizz up a smoothie which slides down easily and provides her with a nutritional start to the day.

As you may be aware, we try to reduce refined sugar as much as we can.

Sugar free breakfast

I’m often asked how on earth I manage to feed my daughter while keeping her off sugar. People rightly point out that most breakfast cereals contain sugar, all squashes and drinks have either sugar or artificial sweeteners in them, so what on earth do I do!?

Feeding a child a varied and nutritionally balanced diet takes care and attention, but basically the secret is to AVOID products aimed at kids! Most are full of sugar, salt and fat and ruin a child’s palate in no time, leaving them hankering after stronger tastes.

I thought I would keep a photo diary of my daughter’s breakfasts for a week, so you can see what she eats in a typical week.



Oats soaked in natural yogurt, served with apple and blackberry compote



Home made waffles served with fresh berries



banana mashed into natural yogurt and served with fresh nectarine



porrage with yogurt, dried mango and sliced apple



bowl of sugar free cereal with fruit juice and a sugar free cereal bar – great for days when you don’t have time to prepare anything! We’re currently using Nature’s Path Millet and oatbran flakes and the bar was a Lyme Regis ‘Fruit 4 U’ bar which is basically fruit leather or dried fruit.



Homemade apple turnover and yogurt



Scrambled eggs on toast


As you can see, it’s not difficult to ring the changes over the course of a week and not an ounce of refined sugar in sight! Tell me; what is your favourite breakfast?


  1. [email protected] eco friendly homemaking on January 27, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Oh my goodness these look great and oh so delicious.When our children were growing up we did the same thing. They didn’t get sugar and they didn’t miss it.We would get club soda and mix it with 100% juice and make what we called fruit spritzers instead of colas. They are both in their twenty’s now and tell me they still prefer those.

  2. Mrs Green on January 28, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    @[email protected] eco friendly homemaking: Hi Alicia, glad you were inspired and can relate to the post. How great that your children still prefer the home made healthy choices – that gives me a lot of hope for the future!

  3. Reut on January 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Wow, They all look so delicious!

  4. Jade on February 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    These look lovely. It’s making me hungry. I could do with making more healthy recipes for breakfast.

  5. Mrs Green on February 4, 2011 at 9:45 am

    @Reut: Hi Reut, great to see you – thanks for stopping by

    @Jade: I find breakfast the easiest meal to make healthy (and then you can eat chocolate later LOL!)

  6. slowsimpleconscious on February 7, 2011 at 9:07 am

    they all look so lovely and bright. breakfast is the hardest meal to make appealing. ta!

  7. Mrs Green on February 8, 2011 at 8:06 am

    @slowsimpleconscious: Glad you feel inspired! Maybe you’ll pick one or two and have a go at making them …

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