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Wake up to a good breakfast

ZzZZZZZzzzz. Sorry, did we wake you? We all recognise that fuzzy just-woken-up feeling. It’s because during the night your metabolism slows right down. No worries, to get it going again, you just need to refuel!

Breakfast is the best way to kick start your day

It’s widely recommended that your morning meal should provide around 20% of your daily energy. It should also contribute significantly to your daily nutrient intake, including carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. And children need to get up to a quarter of their daily calcium from their breakfast too[1]. So breakfast has a pretty big job to do!

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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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Miss breakfast – miss out!

Breakfast helps you be prepared for the day ahead and if you skip it, you’ll miss out on the goodness you need to get going. You might think you can get what you’ve missed later – but studies show that if you don't get the right nutrients first thing, it’s quite hard to make up for them during the day.[2]

Did you know?

Research shows that people who eat breakfast tend to make better food choices and have a higher nutrient intake than those who don’t.[3] It’s as simple as that!

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A table laden with breakfast being eaten by several adults

Wonderful worldwide breakfasts

Breakfast is a very important meal but we all do it differently. Here's a list of ten cultural breakfasts from around the world

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Skipping won't necessarily make you skinny!

Missing breakfast isn’t a great way to try to lose weight. That’s because if you miss out on nutrients when getting up, you’ll probably feel hungry as the morning goes on.[4] And you’ll be more likely to give in to the munchies! What’s more, studies show that people who eat breakfast tend to have a healthier diet than those who don’t.[5]

So, there you have it … breakfast really does give you a great start to the day. When you next see someone with a spring in their step in the morning, who knows, maybe they started their day with a nutritious, balanced breakfast!

Footnotes

  1. O'Neil CE, Byrd-Bredbenner C, Hayes D et al (2014) The role of breakfast in health: definition and criteria for a quality breakfast. J Acad Nutr Diet. Dec;114(12 Suppl):S8-S26
  2. 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.
  3. Bertrais S, Polo Luque ML, Preziosi P et al (2000) Contribution of ready-to-eat cereals to nutrition intakes in French adults and relations with corpulence. Ann Nutr Metab. 44(5-6):249-55. • Albertson AM et al. (2001) Ready to eat cereal consumption habits of America adults: is there a relationship with body mass index? J Am Coll Nutr, 20: 585. • Albertson AM, Anderson GH, Crockett SJ et al (2003) Ready-to-eat cereal consumption: its relationship with BMI and nutrient intake of children aged 4 to 12 years. J Am Diet Assoc. 103:1613-19.
  4. Williams PG (2014) The benefits of breakfast cereal consumption: a systematic review of the evidence base. Adv Nutr. Sep 15;5(5):636S-673S.
  5. Preziosi P, Galan P, Deheeger M et al (1999) Breakfast type, daily nutrient intakes and vitamin and mineral status of French children, adolescents, and adults. J Am Coll Nutr. Apr;18(2):171-8.

Footnotes

  1. ^ O'Neil CE, Byrd-Bredbenner C, Hayes D et al (2014) The role of breakfast in health: definition and criteria for a quality breakfast. J Acad Nutr Diet. Dec;114(12 Suppl):S8-S26
  2. ^ • 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.
  3. ^ • Bertrais S, Polo Luque ML, Preziosi P et al (2000) Contribution of ready-to-eat cereals to nutrition intakes in French adults and relations with corpulence. Ann Nutr Metab. 44(5-6):249-55. • Albertson AM et al. (2001) Ready to eat cereal consumption habits of America adults: is there a relationship with body mass index? J Am Coll Nutr, 20: 585. • Albertson AM, Anderson GH, Crockett SJ et al (2003) Ready-to-eat cereal consumption: its relationship with BMI and nutrient intake of children aged 4 to 12 years. J Am Diet Assoc. 103:1613-19.
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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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