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Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day, which is why the Netherlands is organising its twelfth Nationaal Schoolontbijt (National School Breakfast). Around 3250 Dutch primary schools are expected to participate in this special event, in which school children learn just how healthy and delicious a typical Dutch breakfast really is.
Many children turn up their nose at breakfast – an unhealthy habit that the National School Breakfast in the Netherlands aims to break. Between 3rd and 7th November some half a million Dutch school children will therefore enjoy their first meal of the day together – a fun, yet highly educational event in which they’ll learn how a good breakfast provides them with both energy and essential nutrients, and can help to promote a regular bowel movement, as well as a healthy weight. In addition, they’ll also discover just how tasty a typical Dutch breakfast truly is … giving them plenty of reasons not to skip this important meal ever again!
The Dutch National School Breakfast Menu
The composition of the Dutch National School Breakfast has gradually changed over the years, reflecting the latest in food trends and new insights into what a healthy and varied breakfast should consist of. Today the children are served only whole grain and whole meal varieties of bread for example, and plenty of fresh fruit is included as standard. Of course, typical Dutch breakfast products, such as hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles), pindakaas (peanut butter) and ontbijtkoek (breakfast cake), are also on the menu, as are plenty of Dutch breakfast favourites, including Brinta, low fat cheese and freshly boiled eggs!
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