Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Liquid Breakfast Drinks in the Spotlight

If you've been down the cereal aisle recently, you'll have noticed that the range of on-the-go breakfast drinks is growing. We know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But is convenience taking priority over nutrition, particularly in our children?
A recent review by Choice reviewed 23 on-the-go products. All of the drinks reviewed included added sugars. 10 of the drinks had more than 23g of sugar per serve, which is more than 5 teaspoons of sugar. Breakfast is often where we obtain a lot of the fibre in our diet. Breakfast cereals are generally high in fibre, some providing more than 1/3 of our daily fibre requirements in one serve, but the liquid drinks just don't quite meet the mark.
Of all of the drinks reviewed, my pick nutritionally would be Sanitarium Up & Go Vive, which has just 12g sugar per serve. For the best start to the day; try and make time for a nutritious breakfast (for both you and the kids), and leave these convenience drinks for emergencies. Some quick, healthy breakfast ideas include;
  • 1/3 cup untoasted muesli with Black Swan low fat greek style yoghurt or 0% fat Chobani greek yoghurt and a banana
  • 2 slices wholegrain bread with Kraft No Added Salt or Sugar Peanut Butter
  • Smoothie with frozen berries, skim milk, natural yoghurt and honey
  • Goodness Superfoods Quick cooked oat sachets with sliced banana
For the full review visit the Choice website at;

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