Well I’ve been doing a bit more reading into why high sugar breakfast cereal is such a problem and as far as I can tell there are a couple of big issues. The first one being that the energy from high sugar cereal gets metabolised really quickly leaving you feeling hungry by mid-morning or even earlier if you’re an active toddler. In addition the manufacturing process strips the goodness out of the whole grains making it pretty tasteless and the way they solve this is to add a heap of sugar and salt.
Long term it’s a worrying story as a high sugar diet is linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer and liver problems. Feeding your children a high sugar diet is programming their taste buds to choose sweeter foods something I would definitely like to avoid for Freddie.
The top three cereals to choose based on the criteria in my last post are Weetbix, Sultana Bran Buds and Cornflakes.
With Weetbix a clear winner as it has by far the lowest sugar per 100g – only 2.8g, is high in fibre, low in sodium and made with whole wheat. A regular breakfast meal for all of us, topped with fruit and homemade yoghurt – filling and tasty!
So what quick and easy alternatives are there, given us Mums and Dads are pretty time poor first thing in the morning. Wholemeal toast is a great place to start and with not much effort can be made even tastier.
- Boiled egg and soldiers
- Poached or scrambled eggs and wholemeal toast
- Baked beans on wholemeal toast with grated cheese
- Wholemeal toast and peanut butter (my favourite is Pics REALLY GOOD Peanut Butter no salt
- Wholemeal toast and peanut butter (St Dalfour is delicious) followed by yoghurt
- Eggy bread followed by fruit or served with banana
- Cheesy, eggy bread
- French Toast Fingers – my healthy take on Annabel Karmel’s
Munch Mummy Kate