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This week is Breakfast Week and so the most important meal of the day is on my mind. To be truthful, it’s on my mind every day, not just during Breakfast Week, as I can’t function without a filling breakfast inside me!
When I was growing up I’d skip breakfast, as I didn’t want food before school but then be really hungry later on, and I see this happening with my teenager. However her school has much better catering facilities than mine ever did and she can get a bacon roll or some porridge at morning break when she is actually hungry, whereas I used to have to wait until lunch then I’d typically overeat – how times have changed!
The one thing that doesn’t change however is how important I believe breakfast is for a family, which is why we make a point at weekends and on holiday, to enjoy a leisurely breakfast together. It is a great bonding moment in the day where we can enjoy a meal collectively and plan out our days, and everyone appreciates the experience of normal family life and feeling united. However as my family all have differing tastes and needs, I find that by being organised in advance, I manage to satisfy everyone’s food requests and make breakfast a real occasion – even if they are none the wiser to my orchestrations!
We all want our precious family holidays to go without a hitch, so here are my top tips for harmonious family holiday breakfasts…
- If you are breakfasting at home or self-catering, check your supplies in advance (maybe at breakfast the day before) to stock up on the items you are missing. A happy breakfast is waking up to the smell of cooking and everything that makes your mouth water, not having to go to the shop for a loaf of bread.
- Stick to what you know. This isn’t usually my advice for life in general. I like to encourage my family to push out of their comfort zones and try new things. However at breakfast, we are all still unfolding into the day and so comfort is key! Give everyone the foods you know they love for breakfast — fill their empty bellies and once everyone has fully woken up and been satisfied, they can try something new at lunch.
- If you are breakfasting in a new place such as on holiday, when you arrive, explore the immediate area so you know where are the nice cafes or supermarkets to get your fresh bread and eggs. When everyone is hungry, you want to know where to get food quickly and easily without driving around on a desperate search while the are kids moaning in the back.
- Ensure that everyone is catered for and has what they need. In my family, I usually like porridge with skimmed milk, as it is filling with fewer calories than some other breakfast choices, but not every cafe serves skimmed milk so I like to know where I can get it in advance. My son only likes one kind of cereal and if he can’t have that, then it would be toast and Nutella or some Billy Bear ham. So when we are self-catering or visiting friends, I take the cereal he likes. That way, I know that he will have what he needs. Fortunately my husband and daughter are more flexible and will both enjoy a cooked breakfast, which you can get pretty much anywhere.
- Have a hoody handy! This may seem like an odd tip for breakfast, but if you are on holiday, you may want to dine outside as part of the “holiday” experience. Some countries are warmer than others first thing in the morning. It could be bright and sunny, yet still have a nip in the air, so have a hoody ready for all family members to slip on enabling you to breakfast “al fresco'”and stay warm!
Armed with these tips for a filling breakfast, you and your family can enjoy an active family lifestyle that will keep you fuelled for the day!
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- Simply leave a comment below sharing your best self-catering breakfast experience on holiday.
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