Cheeky chia pudding
Cottage cheese pancakes
Smiley face pancakes
Bagel with fruit spread and nut butter
Apple and Carrot Muffins
Fruity Breakfast Pudding
Superhero / Supergirl Smoothie
Store cupboard breakfast cereals
One of my pet hates is breakfast cereals which are marketed as ‘children’s cereals’. These are more often than not, FULL of sugar (like most breakfast cereals) but they splash slogans like ‘contains wholegrain cereal’ and imply they are a good nutritious food to give your wee ones. This misleading advertising on packaging of products aimed at kids can be very confusing for parents. Saying this, we still have a few packets in our cupboard (not the very high sugar cereals) but we try to ensure they are used in moderation.
But it isn’t all bad, one positive aspect of breakfast cereals is that most of them are fortified with vitamins and minerals. In the UK, fortification of breakfast cereals has positively contributed to increasing vitamin and mineral intakes during childhood and adolescence. Also Vitamin D is often present in breakfast cereals and is important for the absorption of calcium from the diet which is particularly important during the winter months when vitamin D cannot be obtained as readily from the sun.
There are some smaller food manufacturers that do offer a healthier alternative and use fruit concentrates in place of sugar. We regularly buy Orgran Multigrain O’s as they contain quinoa (a source of complete protein) and other ingredients including; Brown rice, yellow pea, brown rice syrup, dextrose from maize, pear juice concentrate.
Overall I believe breakfast cereals do have a place in a healthy diet and shouldn’t be omitted completely but be careful what types of cereal you are giving them and try different types of breakfast alternatives through the week.