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:
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 with sugar free jam (St Dalfour is delicious) followed by yoghurt
- Eggy bread followed by fruit or served with bananas
- Cheesy, eggy bread
- French Toast Fingers – my healthy take on Annabel Karmel‘s
Cheesy Eggy bread
Suitable from around 7 months
Preparation time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 6 mins
1 slice wholemeal toast
20g grated chedder cheese
1 tbsp milk
butter for frying
Cut wholemeal bread into 6-8 fingers.
Soak in egg mixture for 1 minute.
Coat in cheese.
Melt butter in frying pan and fry cheesy eggy fingers on medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden and egg cooked through.
Healthy French Toast Fingers
Preparation time: 7 minutes
Cook time: 6 minutes
2 slices white (I use wholemeal) bread
1 tbsp sugar free fruit spread
1 tbsp cream cheese
1 tbsp milk
Roll bread with rolling pin until about half its original thickness and spread one slice with the jam. Spread the second slice with cream cheese and sandwich together.
Beat egg and milk together in a shallow dish.
Melt the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. Dip the jam sandwich into the egg mixture and turn to coat.
Put the egg-coated sandwich into the pan and fry for 2-3 minutes, until the underside is golden. Flip over and cook for a further 2-3 minutes then transfer to a plate and carefully cut into fingers.
Allow to cool slightly and check temperature before serving – be careful as the jam can become very hot.