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What are we talking about when we say mindful eating? When families decide to make a greater effort to have more meals together, they usually focus on dinners. Why not breakfast? Breakfast, as they say, is the most important meal of the day, and it can also be the most mindful.

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Mindful family breakfasts, especially during the busy work/school days, start with parents making mindful choices.

We know a balanced breakfast should be low in sugar and carbs, high in protein and vitamins
Luckily many children do not seem to need a lot of variety in the breakfast from day to day.
Your job is simply to discover a combination of foods that support your family’s nutritional needs, and that they would love to start the day with. Then just stick with that!

Without variety, can we eat mindfully?

Of course. Perhaps talking about the food will not be the focus of conversation, if the meal does not vary much from day to day. Mindfulness in the morning mostly means allowing enough time so that kids are taking their time to eat, taste and chew their food. At least if they are not just scarfing down a bowl of cereal before dashing out the front door, your children will have the opportunity to start the day eating mindfully.

At the breakfast table, much of the conversation may be about the day ahead. That should be fine, However, it’s also a time to model careful listening. What exactly is ahead for your children? How do they feel about the day ahead?

Also consider the idea of starting just ten minutes earlier, so that the children can help put away the dirty dishes, clear crumbs from the table and floor. This is a great way to start the day with a sense of completion and responsibility.

Having backpacks and lunches packed the night before will be a great help in setting a tradition of mindful family breakfasts.

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