Breakfast of Champions

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Good Food shines a light on morning routines to youth in the Eastside Afterschool Program,  helping youth get a healthier start to their day.

Breakfast is key for achieving success in school, work and physical activity by improving brain function and energy levels. Practising a routine every morning teaches youth self discipline, improves confidence and most importantly nourishes them.

Our program’s youth

In the Eastside Afterschool Program,

  • 73% eat breakfast 3-5 times a week.
  • 20% of youth’s parents prepare breakfast for them.
  • 60% have the groceries needed to eat breakfast.
  • 20% rely on breakfast programs
  • 27% never eat breakfast.
Healthy breakfast foods

We frequently stock the food pantry which youth have unlimited access to.

We asked the youth what they like to eat for breakfast. They stated foods including recipes from previous nutrition sessions and options we frequently provide.

  • Smoothies with juice or almond milk
  • Granola bars
  • Yogurt+ granola
  • Chocolate chia pudding
  • Fruit
  • High fibre cereals
  • Whole wheat toast
  • Eggs + veggie omelet
  • Green tea or hot lemon water instead of coffee
  • Rice

Greene Tea, antioxidants

Greene tea is high in antioxidants, improves brain function and helps the metabolism. It also lowers the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.






Hot lemon water provides high levels of vitamin C helping the immune system. Drinking it on an empty stomach improves digestion by stimulating the intestines. Also  stimulating the liver which helps to remove toxins from their body.

If you’re fighting off a sickness add some fresh ginger to give your immune system an extra kick.

Note: use a metal straw while drinking lemon water to avoid decalcification of the teeth.

Morning routine tips

We opened up the discussion to help youth achieve success in their goals.

  • Think about 5 things your grateful for. Focusing on gratitude sets your perspective to a positive one.
  • Practise meditaion and mindfulness instead of going on your phone first thing.(40% of our youth go on their phone first thing in the morning.)
  • Make your bed and start the day off with a sense of accomplishment.
  • Stretch or do yoga to naturally wake up your body and mind. Physical activity is a stronger stimulant than caffeine and decreases anxiety.
  • Run or bike to school.

The best morning routine is dependant on the individual. When you’ve found one that works for you make it a goal to practise it 2-3 times a week for starters.

Canada’s youth

An article by The Georgia Straight states that 20% of youth in Canada are at risk of going to school hungry. In the Indigenous community, 50% of youth go to school hungry every day. Educators hosted a study on the importance of breakfast and 95% of teachers stated that students who did not have breakfast engage less and perform worse in school.

Good food for All provides healthy breakfast options for the youth to make at home. Including vegan, gluten and dairy free options. Our snacks always include a take home item typically fruit, granola bars and yogurt.

Breakfast and snack programs supplied by Vancouver School Board and Breakfast Club of Canada  provide cereal, toast, begals, juice and occasionally fruit, pancakes and sandwiches. Youth noticed no vegan, gluten or dairy free options are provided at these programs except the occasional side of fruit.


Good food for all AND FOREVER

We’ve recognized the need of long term healthy eating habits for the youth in our programs. We strive to educate and reinforce the habits that will last them a lifetime.

Donate to help youth develop healthy habits.


Peer Leadership with Good Food for All

Leadership in Action: Preparing Snacks for the Eastside Afterschool Program

Introducing: Peer-Leadership at the Eastside Afterschool Program

The Eastside Afterschool Program aims to empower youth to make lifelong healthy choices by improving access to physical activity, nutritious food, education and a healthy community. Through the Peer-Leadership Program at the Eastside Afterschool Program, Good Food for All provides leadership opportunities for youth to get involved with our day-to-day activities at the program. Leadership opportunities include the chance to plan weekly snack menus, prepare food, plan and teach nutrition education and food skills sessions, and stock the food pantry.

The Peer-Leadership Program develops youth leadership skills, deepens their knowledge of nutrition and food, teaches food preparation skills, and provides vital pre-employment training for jobs in food-related industries.

To date, youth have assisted with preparing daily afterschool snacks for their peers, researching nutrition sessions, and teaching nutrition and food skills classes for their peers.

About the Eastside Afterschool Program

In 2017, over 400 youth from East Vancouver attended the Eastside Afterschool Program. Now in its 3rd year, the program is a collaboration of community partners working to encourage and promote holistic well-being and optimal development for youth in East Vancouver. Partners include the Eastside Boxing Club, Good Food for All, Aprons for Gloves, Network of Inner City Community Services Society, and RICHER Initiative. The partnership provides a safe space for at-risk youth in East Vancouver, supervised physical activity, leadership opportunities, and access to health care. Good Food for All provides nutritious afterschool snacks, a healthy food pantry, and nutrition education and food skills classes for youth in the Eastside Afterschool Program.

Support the Peer-Leadership Program

Good Food for All relies on donations from the community to run our programs.  Please consider making a donation so we can continue to ensure youth develop lifelong healthy habits.