BREAKFAST LITERALLY MEANS, "BREAKING THE FAST" WHEN YOU wake up in the morning. You probably haven't eaten for up to 12 hours, so the first meal of the day is important.
Nutritionists consider breakfast the most important meal of the day and they recommend that breakfast should roughly provide about one quarter of your daily calorie needs. Studies have shown that people who skip breakfast miss out on many vital nutrients, which they are unlikely to make-up for during the rest of the day*.
* Mathews R (1996). Importance of breakfast to cognitive performance and health. Perspectives in Applied Nutrition, 3 (3): 204-212
WHAT MAKES A GOOD BREAKFAST?
Nutritionists recommend that breakfast should provide about 20-25% of your daily calorie needs and like any other meal, a good breakfast is a balanced one. An excellent way to start your day is with a bowl of breakfast cereal, made with whole grain, and milk, a glass of fruit juice, and/or a piece of fruit. This draws from a number of different food groups, providing a balanced meal occasion.
A nutritious breakfast should be made up of foods/drink from at least three of the following food groups:
- STARCHY FOODS - Choose whole grain: A breakfast cerealmade with whole grain - fortified where possible - such as SHREDDIES or CHEERIOS / Wholemeal toast muffins or bagel / Wholemeal crackers / Wholemeal pancakes
- FRUIT AND/OR VEGETABLES - Fresh, frozen, canned, dried, juiced, smoothies - ALL COUNT. One serving = A handful of berries / One medium banana, apple, pear, peach, orange / A couple of clementines, plums / 3 spoons of canned fruit in juice or vegetables/beans / 1 tablespoon of any dried fruit / 1 small (150ml) glass pure fruit juice / A handful of any vegetable (see www.nhs.uk/livewell/5ADAY for more information)
- LOW FAT DAIRY FOODS - Semi-skimmed, 1% or skimmed milk or a soya calcium enriched alternative / Low fat yogurts - fruit or plain / A small piece of low fat cheese
- MEAT, FISH, EGGS, BEANS AND OTHER NON DAIRY SOURCES OF PROTEIN - Baked beans or other beans / Eggs / Bacon - with visible fat removed / Any type of fish
For more information about healthy and balanced diets visit www.eatwell.gov.uk
Cereals are a great breakfast choice because they are:
- A Source of Important Nutrients: Some breakfast cereals are fortified with vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, calcium and iron, which are important for health.
- A Low Fat Choice: Many breakfast cereals are low in fat. Check the nutrition panel on the pack to find out the fat content of individual breakfast cereals.
- A Way to Consume More Milk: Milk is a perfect accompaniment to breakfast cereals and provides a significant amount of calcium to the diet.
- A Small Contributor to Sugar Intake: Breakfast cereals contribute about 5% of the average adult daily intake of added sugars.
A Small Contributor to Salt Intake: Most breakfast cereals today contain small amounts of salt per portion and contribute less than 5% of the average daily intake of salt.
Ready-to-eat: Cereals are a quick and delicious way to get breakfast every day.
WHY Nestlé CEREALS?
All Nestlé breakfast cereals contain whole grain. Some Nestlé cereals also provide 15% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of some vitamins and minerals per serve, such as iron, B vitamins and calcium and are also low in fat.
With a wide range of different cereals, there's a Nestlé cereal for everyone, to help you start your day.
There are classics like SHREDDED WHEAT, all family favourites such as SHREDDIES and CHEERIOS, and a wide range of other Nestlé cereals fortified with vitamins and minerals. Or, if you're looking for something to really treat your taste buds, why not try some delicious CLUSTERS, or OATS & MORE?
To find out more visit www.nestlecereals.co.uk
Experts recommend that we eat at least three portions of whole grain a day*, and breakfast is the ideal time for you and your family to get one or more servings of whole grain.
Whole grains are simply grains that contain all three edible parts; the germ, endosperm and the bran. Together, they provide a range of vitamins, minerals, fibre, starch and other nutrients, so whole grains can contribute to a varied, balanced diet.
All Nestlé Cereals are made with whole grain. To check out how much whole grain is in each serving of Nestlé cereals, just check the green banner - our whole grain guarantee. So, you know that if it's got the green banner, it's whole grain.
For more information, visit www.wholegrain.co.uk
*USDA American Dietary Guidelines 2010