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What to Eat for Breakfast

ZzZZZZZzzzz. Sorry, did we wake you? We all recognise that fuzzy just-woken-up feeling as we head into the kitchen. Need a bit of inspiration for your morning meal? Breakfast is often described as the most important meal of the day. Here is how to make it delicious as well.

Breakfast is a tasty way to start your day

It’s widely recommended 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 fibre. And children should get up to a quarter of their daily calcium from their breakfast too.

What to eat for breakfast?

Now that we know what is the most important meal of the day, the next big question is what to have for breakfast. And the answer depends on what kind of morning you’re having. Are you in the mood for a delicious start to the day before your morning workout? Whether you need to be out the door ASAP, or you have time to make breakfast extra fun for the kids, here are a few ideas to get you started:

Quick breakfast ideas

No time for breakfast? No worries. There are plenty of breakfast ideas ready to save the day even on the busiest of mornings.  As long as you have a blender, a stash of frozen fruits, your favourite cereals nearby and a couple of spare minutes, you can prepare a quick and tasty meal, ready to take with you on those mad-busy morning runs. Why not try one of our most delicious concoctions: Shredded Wheat Coconut & Mango Smoothie? For the rest of our top tips, check out our Quick Breakfast on the Go Ideas.

Fun breakfast ideas

If there are kids in the family, deciding what to eat for breakfast gets a bit more challenging. We all know food needs to be extra exciting for the little picky eaters. But as long as you’ve got a few tricks up your sleeve, breakfast can turn into a fun time for everyone in the family, kids included. From mixing and matching cereals to a fruity twist on breakfast popsicles made with yoghurt, honey, summer berries and cereals, there are many ways to impress children with a delicious meal first thing in the morning. Want more fun breakfast ideas for kids? Find out more with our handy article.

Delicious breakfast ideas

We all have our go-to meal in the morning, the one we like to prepare each and every day. But wouldn’t it be great to add something special to it every once in a while? The secret to the quickest and most delicious way to do it is called cereal toppings. Chop up some nuts and sprinkle them on top of your morning cereals. Add a spoonful of peanut butter for that extra nutty flavour. Do you prefer fruits instead? We’ve got you covered too. Try a few banana slices on top of your cereals for a breakfast that satisfies your sweet tooth with a good dose of natural sweetness. Strawberries and cereals are a match made in heaven, so why not give this tasty combination a go? Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top and you might just have come up with the best breakfast ever.

So, get your freezer stacked with your favourite frozen fruits, make sure you’ve got a well-stocked pantry with plenty of nuts and seeds, and the next time you feel stuck wondering what to eat for breakfast, remember your favourite cereal toppings are not too far away.

Pre-workout breakfast ideas

For those active mornings, you need a quick and tasty meal. Add banana, skimmed milk and our Shredded Wheat Honey & Nut to your pre-workout routine. Or try our Cheerios Apple-Cinnamon Overnight Cereal and Porridge if you want a delicious pre-workout breakfast waiting for you in the morning.

And if you’re wondering what do professional athletes eat in the morning, we’ve asked the British Paralympians themselves for their top tips, including top swimmer Ellie Simmonds and the Paralympic champion Will Bayley. So, if you’re curious what the breakfast of a champion looks like, they’ve given us a peek into their morning routines.

We hope you’ve already decided what to have for breakfast and all that’s left to do now is choose your favourite morning cereals. Did you know that most Nestlé breakfast cereals are fortified with vitamins and minerals? Find out what that means and why you should add fortified cereals to your breakfast with our article Fortification It’s All About Defences, next!

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    Do Nestlé products in emerging countries have more salt than products in developed/developing countries?
    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 on making them more nutritious. Achieving consistency on 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.
    What are the health and nutritional benefits of Nestlé Gluten Free Corn Flakes?

    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

    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.
    I’ve heard a low GI diet can help me lose weight. Is this true?
    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.
    Why does Nestlé label vegetable oil?
    Because it’s industry practice to label seasonal oils (oils that aren’t consistently available across the year). In Europe it’s now mandatory to detail the types of vegetable oils used in a food product. So it’s no longer permitted to use the term “vegetable oil” on a label.
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