Breakfast For Champions

I don’t know about you, but I get somewhat cranky when companies like McDonalds start trying to tell me that their food meets national Canada Food Guidelines, or when Oil companies like Enbridge start supporting breast cancer initiatives. Is it just me, or are corporations continuously trying to pull the toque over our eyes in an effort to capitalize on our hard earned money?

We’ve been lead, tugged, and dragged by companies when it comes to the products they sell – and like children during the Cabbage Patch craze, we flock to these products, expecting truth existing in their advertising.
I’m crazy for proper education when it comes to food, and get really cranky when food companies with less than stellar products try persuading the general populous that they have chosen the healthy way approach - ESPECIALLY when it involves children.
This is Nutella – This “deliciously unique spread made from hazelnuts, cocoa, and skim milk” has been around for decades.
 Recently, Nutella started the “NutellaBreakfast Table,” which states they are committed to inspiring Canadians to eat breakfast every day by creating a community where parents share tips, advice and recipes.  This idea is fantastic, but to come from a company that has over 70% refined sugars and modified vegetable oil in their product is ludicrous. Why are we spending tax dollars in schools to educate parents and children on healthy meals when the product in question starts with sugar and has genetically modified ingredients?
How much longer can companies like NutellaMcDonalds get away with sabotaging what is actually healthy?  Why do consumers continuously fall for their marketing schemes, and advertising?
What I do agree with when it comes to the Nutella Breakfast Table is that breakfast IS an INCREDIBLY important meal that too many children in Canada are overlooking for multiple reasons: income, picky eaters, waking up too late, or a myriad of other reasons. What I don’t agree with in the Nutella Breakfast Table is that this company is playing a pivotal role in providing healthy breakfasts to children coast to coast.
There is no denying how tough it can be to prepare proper healthy meals each morning before the kids runs off to school however, like many other things routine, and a plan can help alleviate the morning madness when it comes to breakfast.
Giving our children a healthy meal each morning not only fills their tummies but helps enrich their minds by providing energy to learn, think and participate. Which is why it’s so important to be cognisant of what it is exactly you are feeding them.
Using a slow cooker can help immensely when it comes to nigh before preparation, and getting the kids involved in the meal planning, and chopping of fruits can help even the most picky of enjoy their morning meal. 
When I finally calmed down about Nutella and their “healthy” breakfast meals – I found some really good ones that are not only healthy, but can be made the night before, in large batches, to last the week.
  • Slow Cooker Banana Walnut Oatmeal – Slow cooker oatmeal is perfect for a quick morning meal, and the combination of whole grains, bananas and walnuts will keep bellies full until the lunch bell rings.
  • Breakfast Burrito Filling – Lean pork, eggs, vegetables and spices cook overnight and are ready to fill a tortilla for a fast breakfast that can be eaten on the walk to school if necessary.
  • Slow Cooker Baked Apples – Raisins, honey and cinnamon simmer all night with green apples to make a sweet, healthy breakfast that kids will run to the kitchen for.
  • Crockpot Whole Grain Breakfast Cereal – So different from cold, pre-packaged cereal, this cereal mix uses six different whole grains that cook overnight. In the morning, add natural sweeteners, fresh or dried fruits, or nuts to customize this fiber-rich, natural hot cereal.
  • Crockpot Breakfast Risotto – Apples, brown sugar and spices get mixed with Arborio rice and slow cooked overnight for a creamy morning nourishing breakfast.
It’s so important to be aware and speak up when schools, play groups, or daycare's try to get involved in feeding our children.  The right idea is there, but it’s lacking the healthy aspect.
My questions is – When will people start looking into companies, and calling out the ones that claim to be healthy?  Our kids deserve breakfast FOR champions - not to be championed to eat unhealthy breakfasts.

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