We are mostly in a rush during the mornings and breakfast often takes a back seat as it feels like an unnecessary, time-consuming affair. It gets even more challenging when you have a toddler to handle as well.
We often tend to give this important meal a miss, especially us mothers, as the added responsibility of kids and family leaves us with no time for ourselves. For me, meal times used to be very stressful as my child mostly refused to eat just about anything and everything. I had to patiently sit with him, sometimes for hours, to make sure he finished his meals. For moms with school going kids, it gets even tougher as you have to dedicate time to getting them ready on time, preparing their lunchboxes, etc.
When my child started school, I didn’t have a choice of sitting down and dedicating a couple of hours to feeding him anymore. Most mornings would begin with just a few bites of biscuits along with a few sips of milk. Anything over and above would not only take a lot of convincing but mostly just end up in tantrums – one thing you would want to avoid in the mornings at any cost. Hence, I would give up and feed him nicely only once he would get back home.
Gradually I realized that he wouldn’t eat during mornings not because he didn’t feel hungry but out of habit. Even on the days when he would stay home, he would just grab a few bites of biscuits and wouldn’t eat anything at all until noon. Often, he would get cranky for no specific reason. That’s when it hit me that he is missing out on energy from the most important meal of the day along with a bunch of essential nutrients.
Why is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day?
The first meal of the day that breaks the overnight fast can give you the fuel to kick start your daily activities. When we skip breakfast, we try to run on an empty stomach which is almost like trying to drive a car which has run out of gas.
Studies have proven that those who eat breakfast regularly have enhanced cognitive performance. Kids have improved attention, memory and better academic achievement with regular breakfast consumption.
Breakfast eaters tend to have healthier body weights. Breakfast skippers have greater body weights, higher BMI and waist circumference. Breakfast intake improves several parameters associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Overall breakfast consumption promotes physical and mental well-being.
What Constitutes a Balanced Breakfast?
Nutritionists believe that a balanced breakfast is the one that includes foods from three essential food groups e.g. one serving of whole grain group, one serving of dairy (milk/curds) or lean protein group (egg, chicken) and one serve of fruit or vegetable group. Cereal, milk and fruit is an example of a balanced breakfast.
Other examples include a bowl of vegetable poha with peanuts, a glass of toned milk and cubed papaya; vegetable parathas made with whole wheat flour with a bowl of curds and a fruit; idli sambhar with a bowl of curds and a fruit; oats porridge with fruits and dry fruits.
Nutrients missed at breakfast are not compensated for through the consumption of a mid-morning meal or through other meals in the day. Children, as well as adults, often prefer eating dry cereal for breakfast while on the go. However, adding milk or yogurt to your bowl of cereal, along with a handful of seasonal fruits and nuts makes it balanced and fuels your body and brain with the combination of carbs and proteins as well as helps provide calcium to meet your RDA.
Choosing Kellogg’s for Breakfast when it comes to choosing a breakfast cereal, the first name that comes to my mind is the range of breakfast cereals from Kellogg’s. It’s been taking care of our breakfast needs over years now.
But why Kellogg’s?
Kellogg’s ready-to-eat cereals are simply processed and fortified with key essential vitamins and minerals. They provide fibre and protein too besides energy. Different varieties of Kellogg’s ready-to-eat cereals use different grains namely corn, Wheat, oats, ragi, barley and rice. The wide variety helps the customer to choose his/her own favourite breakfast cereal. To name a few:
Kellogg’s Original and the best – Made with real corn, it provides nourishment to the whole family with many essential nutrients and minerals like Iron, B group vitamins, etc.
Muesli Nuts Delight – Provides the goodness of multigrain (Wheat, Rice, Corn, Oats, and Barley) along with dry fruits and nuts.
Kellogg’s Oats – Made with 100% Oats and is an good source of protein with high fibre and low sodium.
Kellogg’s Chocos – Especially made for kids to ensure that they get their daily
nourishment from whole wheat, key essential vitamins, and minerals.
Kellogg’s Special K Protein and Fibre – It contains only 2% fat and is fortified with key essential vitamins and iron. It is high in protein and fibre
Kellogg’s All Bran Wheat Flakes – Rich in fibre and fibre helps to cleanse the
Breakfast is indeed an essential meal to kick start the day, just taking out few minutes to have a convenient and nourishing breakfast, such as a bowl of Kellogg’s cereal with milk/ curd and a fruit can help us start our action packed day. Therefore this national nutrition month, pledge to #BreakTheHabit of skipping breakfast and & Say ‘Good Morning to Your Body and Eat Breakfast’.