When it comes to breakfast time a lot of mums seem to struggle with breakfast cereals. I used to be a nutritionist before becoming a full time mum, so I thought I’d share some of my top points for picking the perfect breakfast cereal for your children. A lot of mums have come to me with this problem so I’m hoping this will round up some questions they might be having.
My top-top tip would be typically to avoid breakfast cereals with characters. The big problem with these cereals is that they attract children like hot cakes, co-co pops being the main traitor. Character association is a cruel tricks companies play in the hope that people will develop social relation ships with these fictionary characters, feeling that they have a somewhat relationship to the character, adding a sense of familiarity to the brand. They generally seem OK on the surface, the packaging (the lovely green healthy sticker) But think about what your really eating -- chocolate, and baked rice? Would you give your kids a chocolate bar for breakfast? If not, avoid the chocolate monkey. They are OK as a treat once and a while, but I wouldn’t make them a permanent fixture. If your children do love the characters I would opt for one of the healthier alternatives such as Shreddies -- but use common sense. -- Look for natural, organic looking colours.
Slow Release Energy For your Children
One massive cereal I would highly recommend is weetabix. They have recently copped on to their big benefit and pasted it across the front of their boxes “slow release energy” for your big day. The Advert is actually quite amusing! The kid is lovely. But what exactly does this mean? Well, It means that the cereal is packed with Low GI Carbohydrates. These are a slower form of carbohydrate which is much better for your body (doesn’t go on as fat so easily!) It slowly releases the energy throughout your day just as it should to give you a perfect source of energy throughout the day.
Here are some key tips to help you pick a breakfast cereal:
- Avoid Chocolate in Breakfast Cereals!
- Look for ones that are low in sugar
- Check the GDA (Guildlined Daily Allowance) and remember the calories for a child are a lot less.
- Look for ones High in Fibre (Fibre is a fantastic Nutritional benefit)
What kind of cereal do you pick for your kids?
If you have any nutritional questions or would like to as me a quesiton about anything don’t hesitate to leave a comment