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Milk

CEREAL AND MILK: A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

There’s something really comforting about the sound of milk being poured
into a bowl of cereal. It’s like they’re made for each other. And in many ways,
they are! It’s a combination that, when you add some fruit and a drink, gives
you a balance of hydration, vitamins, minerals, protein and carbohydrates.

GREAT FOR A GROWING UP

Milk is rich in calcium, which is particularly important for children because they need it for the growth and development of their bones. And, while some children might not drink a glass of milk on its own, a bowl of cereal with milk is a tasty way to encourage them to get some dairy into their diet.

MIGHTY MILK

Delicious and satisfying, milk contains many of the nutrients our bodies need, including:

  • Protein. Contributes to the maintenance of muscle mass – which is good for daily wear and tear!
  • Calcium. Keeps your teeth and bones healthy and is essential for the normal growth and development of children’s bones . You can blame milk for them growing out of their clothes so quickly!
  • Vitamin B2. You might also know this as 'riboflavin' – and, if you didn’t know it before, you now have something to show off about! It helps release energy from our food.
  • Vitamin B12. Like B2, it helps turn the food we eat into energy and plays a part in creating oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Sounds a bit technical but rest assured it just helps your body’s motor run smoothly!
  • Iodine. Great for for a healthy brain. Boo! (See, you didn’t even flinch).
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DIFFERENT TYPES OF MILK

Milk and cereal may be a perfect couple, but what if you want a lactose-free alternative? Well, there are plenty to choose from. They taste great and are often calcium-enriched – just check out the labels to see how much calcium is included.

  • Soy drink: Super-rich soy is a good source of protein, and is low in saturated fats.
  • Coconut drink: Rich and creamy, coconut milk contains a significant amount of saturated fats though, so best drunk in moderation
  • Almond drink: Low in saturated fat, almond milk has its very own light, crisp flavour.
  • Rice drink: Sweet and thinner in consistency than other milks – rice milk also tastes sweet with cereals.
  • Oat drink: Rich and creamy. If it’s a fortified product, it will provide a good source of calcium.

TOP TIP: For all these milk alternatives, choose fortified versions, whenever possible.

DELICIOUS WAYS TO MIX ‘N’ MATCH MILK AND CEREAL

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Your children probably don’t need any encouragement to mess about with their cereal, but just in case, here are a few ideas:

  • Go stir crazy – For a super-soggy cereal treat, leave milk to soak in, then stir, stir, stir.
  • Keep it crispy – Pour on cold milk and crunch away.
  • Turn up the heat – Give milk a short burst in the microwave and turn a bowl of cereal into a warming breakfast.
  • Add a dash of flavour – Turn up the taste by adding a drop of cinnamon or honey.
  • Go rainbow – Add chopped pieces of fruit to create a colourful breakfast.
  • Bowl them over – Who says cereal has to be eaten out of a bowl? Is it possible that it could taste even nicer out of their favourite mug? You be the judge.

Let'sTalk

1. Why should I look for whole grains in my breakfast cereal?

Whole grain provides a range of vitamins, minerals, fibre, starch and other nutrients – that’s why it’s often recommended we eat three to four services a day ((Eatforhealth.gov.au 2015, 'How much should I eat from the grain (cereal) group?' para. 5). Breakfast is a good way to get some whole grain early in the day.

Source: Eatforhealth.gov.au 2015, Grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and / or high cereal fibre varieties, viewed 9 September 2021, https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/food-essentials/five-food-groups/grain-cereal-foods-mostly-wholegrain-and-or-high-cereal-fibre

2. How can I increase my whole grain intake?
  1. Look out for 'whole' on the label – wholemeal, whole wheat and whole oats are all whole grains.
  2. Swap refined white breads, pasta and white rice for whole grain varieties (brown).
  3. Start your day with a breakfast cereal that clearly states it is made with whole grains.
  4. Mix wild rice with white rice, or switch to brown rice.
  5. Use wholemeal breadcrumbs to create a crunchy topping in savoury dishes.
  6. Choose rice cakes, rye crispbread, muesli bars with oats or other whole grains or plain popcorn as a whole grain snack.
3. What allergens do your products contain?

CINI MINIS® Churros: Contains Wheat, Gluten. May contain milk.
MILO® Cereal: Contains Wheat, Gluten, Milk, Soy. May contain other gluten containing ingredients.
MILO® DUO Cereal: Contains Wheat, Gluten, Milk, Soy. May contain other gluten containing ingredients.
MILO® Protein Cereal: Contains Wheat, Gluten, Milk, Soy. May contain other gluten containing ingredients.
NESQUIK® Cereal: Contains Wheat, Gluten. May contain other gluten containing ingredients, milk and soy.

For more information, please refer to our product pages.

4. Are your products suitable for vegetarians and vegans?

CINI MINIS® Churros Breakfast Cereal, NESQUIK® Breakfast Cereal and MILO® Breakfast Cereals are all suitable for vegetarian diets. CINI MINIS® Churros Breakfast Cereal and NESQUIK® Breakfast Cereal are also suitable for vegan diets, when served with a plant-based milk. However, MILO® Breakfast Cereals are not suitable for a vegan diet.

5. Are your products halal certified?

None of our breakfast cereals are Halal certified. If you are interested in other Nestlé products, please see current Halal list.

6. What is the sugar content of your breakfast cereals?

Here is a list of sugar content of each of our cereals. Please note that every quantity is an approximation, and based on the serving size of 30g unless stated otherwise:

CINI MINIS® Churros Breakfast Cereal: 7.5g.
MILO® Breakfast Cereal Original: 8.0g.
MILO® Duo Breakfast Cereal: 8.2 g.
NESQUIK® Breakfast Cereal: 6.7g.
MILO® Protein Breakfast Cereal: 10.1g per serving size of 45g.

To find the sugar content of our breakfast cereals, you can visit the nutritional information and ingredient information on each product page.

7. I have a problem with my product. What should I do?

We go to great lengths to ensure our products are of the highest quality so our customers can enjoy them with confidence.

If something has gone wrong, we want to hear about it. Please get in touch with us and share as much information as possible or call our friendly Consumer Engagement Services team on 1800 025 768 (Australia) or 0800 830 840 (New Zealand). Feel free to let us know when we’ve done something you love too!