Halal Breakfast for Champions!

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Children who eat an inadequate breakfast are more likely to make poor food choices not only for the rest of the day, but also over the longer term.

Why breakfast? As you sleep, our body is hard at work digesting yesterday's dinner. When we wake up, our body and brain are demanding fresh fuel. "Breaking the fast" is a key way to power up in the morning. Do it right and the benefits can last all day.

Most of us don’t put much thought into the most important meal of the day even when it comes to our kids. However, getting proper and adequate nutrition is essential for our child’s growth and brain development.

What's a good breakfast? One that delivers some healthful protein, some slowly digested carbohydrates, and some fruit or vegetables.

So ensure our kids dietary requirements are met.

  • Proteins | Hard-Boiled Eggs
    • Highly-protein meals easily tick off most of the required nutrients for growth and immunity so start your kid off on the right foo with a simple serving of hard-boiled eggs.

  • Spreads | Chocolate vs. Peanut Butter
    • Chocolate Nut Spreads are often made with a high amount of sugar, which spikes insulin levels quickly, leaving kids tired later on when insulin levels plummet.
    • Use Peanut Butter as an alternative, not only it has protein but also fibre which maintains digestive health and prevents constipation.

  • Carbohydrates | Wholegrain Bread
    • Like most processed foods, white bread has too much sugar, which gives your kid a rush, followed by a slump. Try wholegrain bread for a healthier option.

Breakfast for Winners (Quick but Nutritious Breakfast Ideas)

  • Eggs
    • Hard-boiled eggs with a sprinkle of black pepper
    • Scramble eggs (use olive oil) and sauteed mushrooms or vegetables

  • Canned light tuna with wholegrain bread
    • Fact check: Fatty fish are abundant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, healthy unsaturated fats that have been linked to lower blood levels of beta-amyloid – the protein that forms damaging clumps in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease
    • Simply spread the canned tuna and top it of with your greens like lettuce and cucumbers

Eating and Drinking (Way of the Prophet - Attaining love and blessing from Allah)

  • Washing of hands
    • The Prophet ﷺ said," The blessing of food is (received by) washing (the hands) before and washing (the hands) after (taking) it.” [Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud]

  • Reciting Basmalah
    • The Prophet ﷺ said,” When any one of you eats, he should invoke the name of Allah the Exalted. If he forgets to invoke the name of Allah the Exalted at the beginning, he should say (when he does remember): “In the name of Allah, in its beginning and its end.” [Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud]

  • Adab
    • The Prophet ﷺ never found fault with food. If he liked something, he ate it, but if he disliked it, he (just) abstained from it. [Muslim]

Prepping for a healthy meal need not be a boring task. Educate our children about reading nutrition labels and how they can make smarter choices while they are in school.

While adopting a healthy diet is important, observing the sunnahs of the Prophet will mould our children into grateful servants of Allah and gain blessings from the food that we eat.
😋What did you have for breakfast today?

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