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Morning routine

A good breakfast is great for growing up

They’re yawning. They’re rubbing their eyes. After a long night’s sleep, children need a nutritious breakfast to get them up and running. They should get around 20% of their daily energy and a significant amount of nutrients, first thing.[1]

Breakfast eaters perform better!

Childrens brains need nourishment in the morning – especially if they have maths as a first lesson! Work this one out: two groups of children were given memory tests and problems to solve. Which ones do you think got the best results? The ones who’d had breakfast, or the ones who went without? You guessed it. The breakfast boys and girls. [2]

 

Early learning

Because breakfast is often easy to prepare, even the youngest children can learn to make their own breakfast (okay, things might get a little bit messy now and again, but, hey, that’s the joy of parenting. Isn’t it…?). From pouring milk to spreading jam (as long as it’s not on your nicely ironed work shirt) there’s a lot of fun to have. And choosing what they eat can also help them learn to make healthy choices and develop good habits that can last a lifetime.[2]

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Did you

know?

Illustration a pharao with a kamut

Tut, tut ...

Khorasan grain is a wheat variety that was brought to the US as a souvenir from an Egyptian tomb - it was sold as ‘King Tut’s Wheat’. Now known as kamut, an ancient Egyptian word for wheat, this rich, buttery-tasting wheat is certified organic.

Illustration of a grain of white and brown rice

Rice in disguise

Wild rice isn’t really rice at all – it’s the seed of an aquatic grass originally grown by Native American tribes. It has a strong flavour and is quite expensive so it’s usually mixed with other types of rice.

The Breakfast Effect!

Did you know?

  • Children who eat breakfast first thing are more likely to have better diets.[3]
  • Teenagers tend to exercise more when they have a regular breakfast[4] (Who would imagine that something as simple as breakfast could get a teenager out of bed to do a workout?!).
  • Breakfast is good for them. It’s not rocket science – but there’s a lot of scientific research to prove it!
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What do you need on your plate for breakfast?

A balanced breakfast helps you get ready to start the day. Make sure you choose from different grains, fruit and dairy as part of a balanced diet!

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1, 2, 3... let's eat breakfast!

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Take a look at our top three tips to make breakfast unmissable!

1. Get artsy!

Now and then (we know you have busy mornings), why not try turning your child’s breakfast into a work of art. They’ll wake up wanting to see what’s waiting for them! You could use cut-up fruit to turn their plate into a masterpiece, turn their eggs on toast into a happy face or use cookie cutters to turn pancakes into fancy shapes.

2. All together now…

Children love to copy. And if you sit down and eat breakfast with them, they’re more likely to learn to do what you do – and enjoy it!

3. The power of choice

Try spreading the table with different foods and leave it to your children to decide what they want to eat. You could set out two or three varieties of breakfast cereal, offer different fruits for their cereal, or ask if they want their eggs scrambled or boiled. 

More ideas for fun breakfasts

FOOTNOTES

  1. Jonnalagadda SS, Harnack L, Liu RH et al (2011) Putting the whole grain puzzle together: health benefits associated with whole grains--summary of American Society for Nutrition 2010 Satellite Symposium. J Nutr. May;141(5).
  2. Learn more about the Health benefits of milk http://www.milk.co.uk
  3. www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/1459
  4. Bonnet F, Lepicard EM, Cathrin L et al (2012) French children start their school day with a hydration deficit. Ann Nutr Metab. 60(4):257-63. Assael BM, Cipolli M, Meneghelli I et al (2012) Italian Children Go to School with a Hydration Deficit. J Nutr Disorders Ther. 2:3. Barker M, Benefer M, Russell J et al (2012) Hydration Deficit After Breakfast Intake Among British. The FASEB Journal, 26: lb 395. Stookey JD, Brass B, Holliday A et al (2012) What is the cell hydration status of healthy children in the USA? Preliminary data on urine osmolality and water intake. Public Health Nutr. Nov;15(11):2148-56

Footnotes

  1. ^ *Cho S, Dietrich M, Brown CJ et al (2003) The effect of breakfast type on total daily energy intake and body mass index: results from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III). J Am Coll Nutr. Aug;22(4):296-302. *Serra Majem L et al (2004) Nutricion infanil y juvenile. Estudio enKid. Elsevier Espana: Volume 5. *Rampersaud GC, Pereira MA, Girard BL et al (2005) Breakfast habits, nutritional status, body weight, and academic performance in children and adolescents. J Am Diet Assoc. May;105(5):743-60.
  2. a, b Kennedy E & Davis C (1998) US Department of Agriculture School Breakfast Program. Am J Clin Nutr. Apr;67(4):798S-803S
  3. ^ • Matthys C, De Henauw S, Bellemans M et al (2007) Breakfast habits affect overall nutrient profiles in adolescents. Public Health Nutr. Apr;10(4):413-21. • Raaijmakers LG, Bessems KM, Kremers SP et al (2010) Breakfast consumption among children and adolescents in the Netherlands. Eur J Public Health. Jun;20(3):318-24.
  4. ^ Keski-Rahkonen A, Kaprio J, Rissanen A et al (2003) Breakfast skipping and health-compromising behaviors in adolescents and adults. Eur J Clin Nutr. Jul;57(7):842-53.

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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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