GREAT FOR A 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.
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 healthy 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 a 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).
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 to choose from.
They taste great and are often calcium-enriched – just check out the labels to see how much calcium is included.
- Soy drink: Super-rich soy is a good source of protein, and is low in saturated fats.
- Coconut drink: Rich and creamy, coconut milk contains a significant amount of saturated fats though, so best drunk in moderation
- Almond drink: Low in saturated fat, almond milk has its very own light, crisp flavour.
- Rice drink: Sweet and thinner in consistency than other milks – rice milk also tastes sweet with cereals.
TOP TIP: For all these milk alternatives, choose fortified versions, whenever possible.
SCRUMMY WAYS TO MIX 'N' MATCH MILK AND CEREAL
Your children probably don’t need any encouragement to mess about 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 crispy – Pour on cold milk and crunch 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 drop of cinnamon or honey.
- Go rainbow – Add chopped pieces of fruit to create a colourful breakfast.
- Bowl them over – Who says cereal has to be eaten out of a bowl? Is it possible that it could taste even nicer out of their favourite mug? You be the judge.
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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 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.
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 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.
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.