5 kid-friendly breakfast options to front load calories before ADHD medication kicks in

And they’re all dietitian AND Mum approved

Belinda Martin, Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Advanced Dietitians Group

Breakfast is usually the best time of the day for your child to eat as much as possible before the ADHD medication kicks in – so make the most of it.

Throw out the breakfast “rule book”

Remember, there are no rules about what food your child must eat at breakfast.

Aim to include a good quality carbohydrate, a good protein source and some fruit or veg.  Add some extra fats to make it high energy.

Here are my top five breakfast suggestions:

1. French Toast

Dip two to three pieces of bread in egg and fry it to make a delicious serving of French Toast.  

Serve it up with avocado or butter and maple syrup.

2. Toasted Sandwiches

Toasted sandwiches with extra butter or margarine with favourite fillings such as ham, cheese and tomato or some mushrooms and spinach.

3. Pancakes

Try 2-3 pancakes with extra butter, peanut butter and berries.

4. Croissants

Now that the Matildas have defeated France, it’s perfectly acceptable to serve up a few croissants for breakfast.

Try 2-3 croissants with Nutella and strawberries.

5. Weetbix

Serve up your Weetbix with full cream milk and top it with a banana and a dollop of cream.  

You could also make overnight oats with full cream milk, cream, fruit and honey.

My extra tip is to serve breakfast with a glass of milk to add some extra calories and protein.

If you are at all concerned about your child’s growth or nutritional status, come, and see us and our experienced dietitians can work with you and your child in a positive way.

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Belinda Martin

Belinda Martin is a Perth dietitian specialising in paediatric nutrition, infant nutrition, neurodiverse children, children with disabilities. allergies and pregnancy nutrition.

She is one of the Directors of Advanced Dietitians Group and loves working with people and families.

She has been a dietitian for 25 years and has worked as a Senior Dietitian and Paediatric Dietitian in various teaching hospitals in Western Australia and the United Kingdom.

Outside of work Belinda is a ‘boy mum’ and has 3 very active boys aged 8 years, 6 years and 18 months who keep her on her toes.