Lately Jael has been reminding me that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. He can’t skip it and brunch is unacceptable. Pretty strict right? Well, I’ve been hearing this ever since we attended the Better Breakfast event by Nestle Breakfast Cereals.
At this particular event, we learned about the importance of whole grains in breakfast cereals. What it is, what it’s for, what food has it and why we should be including it in our daily diet.
Whole grains are all parts of the grain that are made up of 3 parts: bran, endosperm and the germ. White bread, rice and pasta are only made of the middle section. The entire grain is used for whole grains breakfast cereals and experts recommend eating at least 3 servings (48g) whole grain a day.
- Over 37 million bowls of Nestle cereal have been eaten
- Only 1 in 20 children and adolescents eat whole grain
- 99% of children do not meet the whole grain recommendation
- Have better nutrient intake
- Have a healthier body weight
- Less likely to gain weight over time
- Have a healthier heart (reduced risk of cardiovascular disease)
- Less likely to have diabetes and certain cancers
We have cereal almost every morning. A bowl gives the kids enough energy to start their day. You can add fruits to add extra vitamins and minerals. Other sources of whole grains is corn on the cob, popcorn, wholemeal pita bread, brown pasta, porridge oats, brown rice, crackers made with whole grains, wholemeal tortilla, and wholemeal bread.
Jael loves these breakfast bars and ate a bunch. It’s an ideal starter or snack.
National Nutrition Survey: Only 1 in 20 Filipino Children Get Benefits from Whole Grains
Most children in the Philippines are getting less than the recommended intake of whole grains and fiber according to the 8th National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, and the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST). The study, which looked at the whole grain consumption of different Filipino population groups, revealed that only 1 in 20 children consume whole grain. It also showed that, overall, 99% of Filipinos do not consume ≥48g of whole grain per day which is the US whole grain intake recommendation.
“We believe breakfast is more than a good start to your day—it’s the foundation for a better future. We want moms to feel empowered to make informed and healthy choices, so they can provide the best nutrition for their children. We have made this easier by making whole grain the number one ingredient in all Nestlé Breakfast Cereals that are popular with school children and teens,” said Ece Durukan, Nestlé Regional Nutrition and External Affairs Manager for Asia, Middle East, and Africa.
Ece Durukan, Nestlé Regional Nutrition and External Affairs Manager for Asia, Middle East and Africa
Baking Koko Krunch Cereal
Events like this are always a fun and productive way to spend time with Jael. One of his favorite Nestle breakfast cereals is Koko Krunch along with Milo and Koko Krunch Duo.
It was a very hands on event as Jael and I made our very own cereal. From the kneading of the pre-made dough to shaping it and finally baking and dipping it in chocolate.