Why is Breakfast Important?

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Why is Breakfast Important
Why is breakfast important? There is so much contradictory information out there, some believe that skipping breakfast, ie intermittent fasting, is good for you and others, the majority, believe that skipping breakfast can be detrimental.

Last week I attended the launch of the New Recipe Nestle Milo Cereal and during this launch, the amazing Anne-Marie De Beer (who game me some really great advice in managing my Type 2 Diabetes) gave a talk on the importance of breakfast. It got me thinking, why is it so important that we start every day with a good, healthy breakfast?

Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast (as opposed to the kind containing doughnuts) can help give you:

* A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals
* Improved concentration and performance in the classroom or the boardroom
* More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity
* Lower cholesterol levels

Eating breakfast is important for everyone, but is especially so for children and adolescents. According to the American Dietetic Association, children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the playground, with better concentration, problem-solving skills, and eye-hand coordination.

Benefits of Eating Breakfast
* Breakfast decreases appetite.
* You eat less.
* You will improve your memory
* You can prevent type 2 diabetes
* You will weigh less

Is is healthy to skip breakfast?

It depends. The simple answer is to eat if you are hungry. Some people, like me, aren’t hungry in the morning, whilst some might pass out if they don’t eat. A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition debunks the myth that having breakfast is required for weight loss success. Researchers hint that if you don’t eat breakfast, it’s not the end of the world if you skip it.

What can we feed our children that is quick and easy doesn’t take ages to prepare?

Three out of the four of my children love breakfast cereals and, like many moms, I’m loathed to give them sugar filled cereals in the morning when they are meant to focus and concentrate on their school work in the mornings. There is finally a healthier cereal that doesn’t turn the children into little sugar fueled monsters.

The kidlets love the new Milo cereal. Pixie has never like breakfast cereals and I was curious to see how she would react to it. I’m happy to announce that she loves it. So I call this new recipe a win! Well done Nestle!!!

Milo Energy Cereal, now contains less sugar and more benefits! Each serving of MILO Energy Cereal contains only 1 Β½ teaspoon of sugar and is high in fibre, free from artificial colours and has 7 vitamins and minerals to kick-start your kid’s active day.

Through surveys, Nestle discovered what we, as mothers, want to feed our children in the mornings to give them the fuel to push them through a busy morning of learning and physical activities. In light of their findings, they improved their Milo greatly by changing the much loved recipe, but still keeping the yummy taste. They have reduced the sugar and changed to using Whole Grains, to name but a scant few.

The new Milo cereal now contains the following ingredients: Cereal Grains (Whole Grain Wheat, Maize Semolina), Sugar, Barley Malt Extract, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Vitamins and Minerals (Calcium, Niacin, Ferrous Sulphate, Pantothenic Acid, Folic Acid,Vitamin B6, Riboflavin), Vegetable Oil, Full Cream Milk Powder, Salt, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin,Flavourings, Antioxidant: Tocopherols.

What do you feed your children for breakfast?

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Resources:
MILO whole grain energy cereal – Kickstart your day
MILO whole grain energy cereal
The Many Benefits of Breakfast
5 Health Benefits of Eating Breakfast
When Skipping Breakfast May Actually Be Good For You

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Monsters in the kitchen: Milo Brownies Recipe with Fifi

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This week, Nestle South Africa launched the New and Improved Recipe Milo cereal and I was honoured to be at the launch. Fifi and I decided to test a new brownies recipe that’s been brewing and to change the cookies we had originally used out for the new Milo and, boy oh boy, they came out perfectly!
Brownies Recipe
Brownies Recipe
Ingredients
150g Milo cereal
2 eggs
250g butter
100ml cocoa, sifted
500g icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla essence

Method
1. Beat the eggs and set aside.
2. In a large microwaveable dish, melt the butter in the microwave, then add the cocoa, icing sugar, vanilla essence and eggs.
3. Mix well.
4. Microwave the butter mixture on high for 2 minutes.
5. Add the Milo Cereal to the chocolate mixture and mix until all the cereal is covered in chocolate.
6. Spread the mixture in a rectangular baking dish lined with baking paper.
7. Leave in the fridge overnight or until set (about 2 hours).
8. Cut into 4 cm squares. (I made our brownies really thick, so I had to cut mine smaller).
9. Enjoy with a hot cup of Milo.
Brownies Recipe
Pixie really, REALLY, loves these brownies, I can definitely see us making these again in the very near future.
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Do you have any go to Milo recipes? I’d love to hear what they are!

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Foodie Friday~Week 1: Valentines Day

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This week I made the kidlets special Valentines Day lunches.

Noo got 2 heart sandwiches with lettuce, cheese, tomato and ham with little love candies on top, heart chocolates in mini heart shaped muffin cups, savoury biscuits and heart shaped cocktail tomatoes each in their own muffin cups.
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Koko and Fifi got hotdogs with hearts of tomato sauce traced on the top, heart shaped cheese (I love my mini cookie cutters) and a heart chocolate. Pixie got a sausage and heart shaped cheese.
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