Health and Nutrition tips for your children during Ramadan
How do you ensure proper nourishment for your child during Ramadan? Maintaining adequate nutrition intake for your children is also important in Ramadan to ensure your children’s optimal growth and development and to prevent them from having nutritional deficiencies. Aim to offer your child a diverse balanced diet during Ramadan. Ensure that you include fortified foods, such as wholegrain breakfast cereals, to make sure they’re getting essential nutrients like Iron, Calcium and Vitamins.
How many meals should a child who is fasting have?
Make sure your children are having three main meals even while fasting during Ramadan – Iftar, Suhoor and a late dinner in between.
What should a balanced and nutritious Suhoor meal include?
At Suhoor it is crucial to include food items from at least three of the four food groups (whole grain bread and cereals, meat and legumes, fruits and vegetables, milk and dairy products). A balanced and nutritious Suhoor could include a bowl of wholegrain breakfast cereal with milk and a fruit, a glass of milk with a fruit and a vegetable sandwich with cheese and a piece of fruit, or optional protein source such as a boiled egg to fuel up the fasting day ahead.
How do wholegrains help a child who is fasting?
Wholegrains, as a rich source of fiber, take longer time to digest, sustaining energy levels for the fasting day ahead. Did you know that whole grains are not only high in fiber, but they are also rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals such as Iron and Magnesium? They are all important to further strengthen your child’s immune system!
Why should wholegrains be a part of the Suhoor meal?
When wholegrains are offered as part of your children Suhoor, it improves their alertness and concentration for the school day ahead.
Which cereals contain wholegrains?
All Nestlé Breakfast Cereals such as NESQUIK®, CHEERIOS® and CHOCAPIC® have wholegrain as the number one ingredient, and provide a minimum of 8g per serving, which helps your child feel satisfied for a longer period of time.
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How can I find foods made with whole grain?
Two things to remember: • Look for food labels where the word 'whole' appears in front of the name of the grain, like “whole wheat” or “wholemeal bread”. • For foods with more than one ingredient, make sure whole grain is listed towards the top of the ingredients list. The further up the list it is, the more whole grain has been used in the recipe. And look out for the percentage of whole grain. You should find this in the ingredients list too. It’s easy to know if a Nestlé breakfast cereal is made with whole grain: just look out for the Green Banner and whole grain tick on top of the box.
Which Nestlé cereals are made with whole grain?
All Nestlé breakfast cereals carrying the green banner are made with whole grain; this is our Whole Grain Guarantee. They are made with at least 8g or more of whole grain per 30g serving. There are ingredient lists on all packs, showing the exact amount. By end of 2015, we’re committed to making whole grain the main ingredient in all Nestlé cereals popular with children.
What should be in a complete breakfast?
A complete breakfast should include a balance of nutrients from each of the major food groups. As a guide, it might look like this: • 1 grain-based starchy food • 1 dairy food • 1 portion of fresh fruit • 1 glass of water • Optionally, an additional source of protein Nestlé breakfast cereals are a nutritious breakfast choice as they are: • A source of fiber and whole grain • Low in fat (most have low levels of all types of fat, including saturates) • Fortified with vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, calcium and iron • A lower calorie per kilojoule, fat and sugar choice than many other breakfast food options
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