Great for 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. In fact, studies show that children who regularly eat cereal for breakfast regularly consume a lot more 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 strong 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 an integral 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 the nervous system. Boo! (See, you didn’t even flinch).
Wheat is the most widely grown cereal grain. It’s grown on over 17 per cent of the total cultivated land in the world, and is the staple food for 35 per cent of the world’s population. It provides more calories and protein in the world’s diet than any other crop.
A whole lot of grains
One bushel of wheat contains around a million individual whole grain kernels.
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 of options to choose from. They taste great and are often calcium-enriched, so you won’t miss out on all those nutrients – just check out the labels to see what good stuff is included.
- Soy milk: Super-rich soy is a good source of protein, and is low in saturated fats.
- Coconut milk: Rich and creamy, coconut milk contains a significant amount of saturated fats though, so best drunk in moderation
- Almond milk: Low in saturated fat, almond milk has its very own light, crisp flavor.
- Rice milk: Sweet and thinner in consistency than other milks - rice milk also has a sweet taste that goes really well with cereals.
TOP TIP: For all these milk alternatives, choose fortified versions, whenever possible.
Scrummy ways to mix ‘n’ match milk and cereal
Your kids probably don’t need any encouragement to mess around 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 crunchy – Pour on cold milk and munch 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 dash of cinnamon or honey.
- Go rainbow – Add chopped pieces of fruit to create a colorful breakfast.
- Bowl them over – Who says cereal has to be eaten out of a bowl? Is it possible that it could taste even better out of their favourite mug? You be the judge.
- • INCA2 (2008) French National Dietary Survey. • Michels N, De Henauw S, Breidenassel C et al (2015) European adolescent ready-to-eat-cereal (RTEC) consumers have a healthier dietary intake and body composition compared with non-RTEC consumers. Eur J Nutr. Jun;54(4):653-64.
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For the last 15 years we’ve been working to reduce the sodium (which is the major component of salt) in our breakfast cereals across the world because we want to keep making them more nutritious. Achieving consistency in all products, in all countries, takes time - so some may have more sodium than others. Our aim is for all our cereals – globally – to have the same reduced levels of sodium, with a target of less than 135mg per serving in all our children's products.
As well as being a healthy choice for people who want to reduce the amount of gluten in their diet, or have coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance, Gluten Free Corn Flakes are fortified with B-vitamins, folic acid and iron
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.
It’s too early to say. The science in this area is still emerging. There is evidence that low GI foods take longer to digest and help you feel satisfied for longer, but none that you’ll eat fewer calories at the next meal.