The kids are safely back at school now; uniforms looking a little less starched and new, those polished shoes scuffed, and already half term beckons as the weather turns. With the new term underway, one of the most important things we parents can do is make sure our sons and daughters are eating well; at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Children who eat a nutritious diet are happier, concentrate for longer, behave better at school and even perform better academically!
Oats and Oatbran are great for children (and adults) any time of the day; they’re a good source of protein, low GI carbohydrate (meaning you don’t get those highs and lows associated with higher GI carbs), vitamin B1 and magnesium. Importantly they’re full of soluble fibre meaning they keep you fuller for longer and help the gut move food along, meaning less chance of constipation. They even look after your heart as oat beta glucans have been shown to lower blood cholesterol as part of a varied and balanced diet combined with a healthier lifestyle.
All this is very well and good, but any parent knows children won’t eat meals unless they taste good and luckily Mornflake Oats are delicious. They’re also quick and easy to prepare, making mealtimes less stressful.
CHOCOLATE FRUIT ART PORRIDGE
Porridge in the morning is popular with adults and children, but only if it requires as little hands on time as possible (isn’t there enough to do in the mornings without stirring a pot?) and looks good too (to ensure clean bowls from the kids).View full recipe
OATY WRAPS FOR LUNCH BOXES
These wraps are easy to make, great both hot and cold, plus they’re economical too. Even better, children can spread a wrap much more easily than a sandwich, so why not let them have a go at making their own lunch?View full recipe
MINI OAT BASE PIZZAS
Pizzas are such a popular dinner, and these are super healthy, speedy versions using homemade oat ‘flour’ without any yeast, so there’s no waiting about for the dough to prove. Let the kids top their own pizzas using whatever you have in the fridge. These are even delicious cold in lunchboxes the next day.View full recipe
OAT BAKED FISH FINGERS, WEDGES AND FRESH TOMATO SALSA
Fish fingers and chips are a popular children’s meal, but with homemade salmon fish fingers coated in a parmesan oaty crumb and crunchy garlic wedges, you’ll find this dinner gets requested again and again by everyone in the family.View full recipe