Aussie Kids Prove To Be The Toughest Food Critics

October 29, 2019

‘Yuck’, ‘it’s ugly’ and ‘not that again’ are just some of the comments from Australian kids voicing their opinions on their parents’ breakfast creations.

New research from Kellogg Australia reveals the majority of parents think their children are the biggest food critics in the family (66%) and describe their opinions as brutally honest with no filter whatsoever (64%).

While many parents tough it out, a third (31%) are left with hurt feelings and others are using tactics such as ‘getting them to help make the food’ (49%) or adding extra ingredients, such as strawberries, to make breakfast more appealing (38%).

Hurt feelings aside, instead of letting kids pass up on the most important meal of the day, parents are using creative hacks to create perfect bowls for their little ones. Popular breakfast bowl hacks include:

  • Drizzling spreads into face shapes on the cereal
  • Leaving cereal in hot milk to give it a porridge consistency
  • Blending fruit and milk to create coloured milk

To alleviate some of the pressure at breakfast, Kellogg’s has teamed up with George Georgievski, known for his creative lunchboxes on Instagram page School Lunch Box, to create his first breakfast bowl series.

There’s more than one way to enjoy cereal, and with almost half (40%) of Australian parents struggling every day to get their kids to eat breakfast, and a third (34%) spending more time than they’d like debating breakfast options to eat, Georgievski has developed three kid-friendly bowls for parents to try at home:

Pink Rice Bubbles Smoothie Bowl

“’Not this again!’ might be a familiar response from your kids. Rather than the classic (but perhaps overdone) cereal and milk combo, swap it for a pink smoothie bowl. Blend strawberries, berries, yoghurt and honey, and layer Rice Bubbles to create a bowl your kids won’t be able to say no to.”

Just Right Cinnamon Bowl  

“This recipe is heaven for kids who don’t like crunch. Mix warm, frothy milk with cereal for a porridge-inspired bowl. Top with cinnamon and pear and I promise you’ll eliminate ‘yuck’ from your little one’s vocabulary.”

Banana Flakes Bowl

“Would your kids be able to resist a breakfast banana split bowl? An unexpected cereal combo with honey, banana, Corn Flakes and yoghurt. It’s almost as much fun to make as it is to eat.”

Georgievski commented, “Crunchy or soggy, milk or yoghurt, my daughters change their minds every day about how they like their breakfast cereal served. Kellogg’s cereals are the perfect breakfast staple, just about every flavour works so there’s no limit to what you can add! Variety is key for creating the perfect bowl, whether it’s adding crunchy apples for new texture or honey as a sweet alternative. I hope that these recipes provide parents with a few new ideas to try out on their toughest critics.”

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