The most important meal of the day

Discover Guardian Early Learning's family breakfast program at The Streets

Every parent knows the saying ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ - and while it’s a bit of an old adage, there’s a simple, enduring reason for it. Making sure your child has a nourishing breakfast every morning means their brain is fuelled for a day of learning and play, and their body is topped up with nutrients needed for healthy growth and development.

Now parents, if you don’t have time to compare the nutritional panels on the sides of cereal boxes, don’t stress – as help is here! To help establish healthy breakfast habtis, Guardian Early Learning Group’s centre at The Streets has a family breakfast program that invites parents to join their children for breakfast each morning at the centre.

The daily meal plans are well-balanced, and aim to expand childrens’ palates. The breakfast menu has been designed to include carbohydrate-rich foods to fuel the brain, and protein and fibre-rich foods to help stay full for longer.

And it’s not just about the food either. Guardian’s centre manager, Krissy (you can check out our interview with her here), says the breakfast program is designed to give families the chance to spend some more quality time together. “Offering the breakfast program at the centre aims to eliminate the stress for families rushing with the commute. It also creates an opportunity to meet with other families and calmly settle their children into the day, all while ensuring they are not missing the most important meal of the day for growth and development.”

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Accredited Practising Dietitian Vanessa Schuldt, who has helped the Barangaroo centre develop its menu, gives us a few pointers on why it’s so important to give your child a healthy breakfast:

- Breakfast helps to replenish energy and nutrients to kick-start the day. Skipping breakfast makes it a struggle for children to get all the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.
- Breakfast fuels the brain to improve learning capacity. Offering breakfast foods rich in carbohydrates and protein helps to boost your child’s attention span, concentration and memory.
- Children who eat breakfast tend to make better food choices for the rest of the day and eat healthier overall. Filling up in the morning means they are less likely to be hungry for snacks during the day.
- A nutritious breakfast helps keep blood sugars on an even keel, which in turn aids good behaviour. Without a morning refuel, children can feel tired, restless and irritable. 

So don’t let the morning rush get in the way of your child getting their essential nutrients for the day. Start with a family breakfast at Guardian Barangaroo, help set healthy eating habits for your child, and look after your own health and wellbeing too!

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Guardian Early Learning Barangaroo is now open on Level 1, 100 Barangaroo Avenue (enter via Scotch Row). To find out more or book a tour of the centre, visit the Guardian website or call 13 82 30.