Surviving Breakfast with Nestle

About 2 months ago, I wrote about going to a very exciting Nestle event where we tasted some bugs. Yes, you read it right – bugs!

Well obviously, we didn’t decide to include them in our staple food and we have breakfast pretty much the same as everyone else. Yes, it’s still a mad rush in the mornings and most mornings it’s not a cooked breakfast.

I was invited to keep a breakfast diary by Nestle and have it reviewed by their expert nutritionist Juliette Kellow, to share ideas of small food swaps we could make, as well as personalised tips of how to balance nutrition and value at one of the most important meals of the day.

So, I kept a diary for a week and then I had a chat with Juliette over telephone and was provided with a personalised feedback which I found really handy. Sometimes, one thinks that they are doing it right but there is always room for improvement and the feedback provided gave me some great ideas on getting more whole grain, milk/yogurts and fruits into the breakfast diet.

Here is some of the feedback I received –

Experts recommend we eat at least three servings of wholegrains a day and breakfast is the ideal time to get one of these servings. Wholegrains are simply grains that contain all three edible parts: the germ, endosperm and bran. Together, they provide a range of vitamins, minerals, fibre, starch and other nutrients, contributing to a varied, balanced diet. If you’re looking for some different wholegrains at breakfast time look for Nestlé cereals. They all contain wholegrain – just look for the green banner. Great choices for wholegrain include Shredded Wheat – it’s made from just 100% wholegrain wheat and is free from added sugar and salt. Other great options include Shreddies and Cheerios.

– Most breakfast cereals are fortified with extra vitamins and minerals – all Nestlé cereals, except for Shredded Wheat, have B vitamins and iron added to them, while many also have added calcium and vitamin D. Most granolas tend not to be fortified with extra vitamins and minerals. . It’s also important to look at what you’re eating eggs with. Bacon is high in salt for example, and can be high in fat (especially if it’s fried). Choosing lean bacon and grilling it is a better option than frying to keep fat intakes down. Meanwhile, although cheese (used in the omelette and also served with bagels) is a source of protein and calcium, it’s also high in saturated fat and salt so portions should be controlled – perhaps try a reduced-fat variety. And remember that adults should have no more than 6g of salt a day. Children need less than this.

I was also sent a hamper of Nestle cereals to try and I have to say that we are enjoying them. I like the ease of use when serving up cereal for breakfast on working days as it is always a very busy time for me. Serving up cereal is quick and easy and healthy as well. The children get their milk in and I am happy knowing that they go to school having had a good breakfast. I also chop up some fruit to add to their cereal or give them a piece of fruit on the side.

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We received:

Cheerios

Shreddies

Curiously Cinnamon

Cookies and Cream

Shredded Wheat

The children love the Cookies and Cream (naturally) but I am happy to see that they are quite enjoying the rest too. I loved the Curiously Cinnamon ones as it has this amazing flavour of cinnamon that is delicious.

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What I like about the cereals is that because they contain wholegrain, they keep one fuller longer. Especially for me, I didn’t really feel the need for a mid morning snack and I am fine till lunch.

The morning rush is now not so much of a rush as I know the children are happy to have their breakfast and are enjoying the cereals. Besides, its ready to serve in minutes. I am now better at surviving breakfast thanks to Nestle. 🙂

Disclaimer: I was sent a hamper of Nestle cereals to make my breakfast survival easier. All ideas and opinions are my own.

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