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    How to Eat Cereals: The Beginner’s Guide


    The recipe is beautifully simple: cereals, cold milk, bowl, spoon - enjoy! So why would we even question how to eat cereals? It turns out there are a few cereal aficionados out there who have decided to throw the rulebook out the window and try their own ideas instead. Some are creative, others intriguing and there are a few that are just … let’s say bold. Here they come…

    How to eat cereals: the bowl-or-no-bowl conundrum

    For most of us, eating cereals in a bowl is the unspoken rule of morning routines. They’re big enough to give us as many spoonfuls as we want and they’ve got that perfectly curved shape making it so easy to pick it up and dive in. But you’ve probably heard of the band of rebels eating their cereals in cups, or even more earth-shattering… in plates.

    While cups can work well at times (if you’re aiming for portion restriction, looking forward to drinking the delicious leftover milk without the loud slurping or just haven’t done the dishes yet), eating cereals in a dinner plate is quite the brave choice. We don’t recommend this, but if you feel like giving yourself an early morning challenge, skip the bowl and go chasing your favourite cereals in a dinner plate. Why not?

    Milk first, or cereal first?

    Which one came first? The milk or the cereal? This is where the debate on “how to eat cereals right” gets almost philosophical. The rule is that there is no rule. But if you’re aiming for perfect cereal-to-milk ratio and optimal crunch, you should start with the milk first and add cereals gradually to match the quantity of milk in the bowl. If you feel offended by the idea of going with milk first, you’ll be happy to know a lot of people do their cereals the other way around. Whichever way you prefer it, try the opposite technique next time and notice the difference yourself.

    The “refill” technique for supreme crunchiness

    This is where things get a bit complicated, but bear with us. If you think there’s nothing worse than soggy cereals, the solution is here. Start with pouring a small portion of cereals in the bowl, followed by a larger quantity of milk. Eat the cereals, then add a similar portion again. Repeat until there’s no more milk left in the bowl. It’s like constantly eating the top layer of a cereal bowl and never reaching the soggy phase of breakfast cereals.

    How to eat cereals like you only live once?

    Cereal fans have discovered on their own that there is more than one way of eating cereals. We scoured the internet to find the popular alternatives to cold milk and the results are in. But we do recommend exercising caution with some of the ideas below!

    Yoghurt, instead of milk

    For additional protein you can have your morning cereals with Greek yoghurt instead of milk.

    Ice cubes in cereals

    If you like your milk really cold, you can go an extra step and add ice cubes to your bowl of cereal. But be aware that they will melt away soon, turning your morning breakfast into a soggy affair.

    Hot milk

    Cold milk or hot milk? This “how to eat cereals” debate still rages on, but many cereal lovers refuse hot milk out of principle. If you’re one of them, give the hot/warm option a go and know for sure which idea is the best.

    Water on cereal

    Some people find joy in a bowl of cereals with water. These are the hard-core cereal fans that love their taste too much to “spoil” it with milk. Which is why they’re turning to the most neutral liquid they can think of: water. Or, simply people who ran out of milk. Either way, you’ll probably be surprised to know this is a tried and tested combination.

    Coffee and cereals

    If you’re having a cup of coffee in the morning anyways, why not bring the two together in one fell swoop?

    Cereals with tea

    It sounds more like an accident than a breakfast choice, but points should be given for the bold combination.

    Orange juice and cereals

    Not for the faint-hearted and it will most likely turn the breakfast cereals into a mushy adventure with an orange twist. Give it a go if you’re curious, but it’s likely to be a “never again” experience.

    Coconut water & coconut milk

    Coconut, cereals, water – it sounds more like a recipe of how not to eat cereals. If you love coconut, try the milk alternative instead. It’s a truly delicious combination.

    There are many ways you can enjoy your favourite cereals, but we think the milk and cereals combo remains a marriage made in heaven! And if you happen to run out of milk, check out our Cereals Without Milk ideas for some inspiration.


    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.

    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.