Porridge Tasting in St Monica’s Primary, Pollok

We spent yesterday morning with Primary 6 and 7 pupils from St Monica’s Primary in Pollok, Glasgow, launching the Healthy Breakfast Challenge with Business in the Community Scotland.

85 pupils spent the morning doing a number of different activities, all aimed to get them thinking about starting the day with a healthy breakfast. We were very impressed with the school – the children were extremely well behaved and very engaged in the topic.

The children learned about hidden sugars in drinks – many were particularly shocked about the amount of sugar in orange juice – studied food labels to compare the nutritional content of different breakfast cereals, and learned about the importance of a balanced diet, and where breakfast foods fitted in the different food groups. The children were also given the option to swap any unhealthy snacks for fruit provided by ourselves and Lidl, and most were very happy to make a healthy swap.

Our porridge tasting was a definite highlight, and all but a small handful of children tried the porridge, many for the first time. The children were able to concoct their own recipe from the variety of toppings on offer – chopped banana, sugar, seeds and nuts, tropical fruit, syrup and honey. Honey and banana was the most popular option.

At the end of the morning we launched the Healthy Breakfast diary challenge. As part of their homework, the children will keep a breakfast diary for the next month, and we’ll be awarding prizes for the best efforts. And in response to a request from the children, we’ll be including porridge as prizes!

Thanks to the parent helpers who came out to support the event, and best of luck to all of the pupils, and we look forward to seeing your diaries in April.

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