It is important to make sure your child is receiving sufficient nutrients from his
daily food intake. MILO® is packed with nutritious ingredient and kick starts your
child's active day!
MILO® is fortified with B vitamins that help release and utilize the energy from food and are needed for overall health.
MILO® contains the natural goodness of malt extract which provide carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the main source of energy in your child's balanced diet.
MILO® contains milk and is a source of calcium for your child's healthy bones and teeth.
MILO® contains cocoa that gives it its delicious chocolaty taste… a taste your child will most definitely love!
"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" Surely you've heard that a lot! So really, why is it so important? Test your knowledge about this morning meal by taking this quiz!
Why is breakfast considered the most important meal of the day?
Breakfast helps wake-up your child's body and provides him with the energy and nutrients he needs to get a fresh morning start and it prepares for a day full of fun and activity!
What happens when my child skips breakfast?
Breakfast restores our blood sugar level after they have gone down during the night. So when your child skips this important meal, he will surely feel a drop in energy level by mid-morning i.e. he might feel tired and the day is only beginning!
Does skipping breakfast affect my child's performance in school?
This morning meal is not only important for optimal physical performance but also for mental performance as it helps increase concentration. So when your child skips breakfast, he may also feel less alert and attentive at school!
Are all kinds of breakfasts the same when it comes to energy and performance?
A healthy breakfast is an important part of a healthy diet! Keep in mind that choosing a breakfast that's rich in slowly digestible carbohydrates will give your child sustainable energy and vitality, especially during a day full of activities. Also, having a healthy and balanced breakfast helps him meet his nutritional needs from essential nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
Is it ok for my kids to have a late breakfast at school?
Because of lack of time, many children miss out on breakfast, leaving their bodies hungry even when they are not aware of it. Breakfast has many health benefits for kids including better school performance and a lower risk of obesity. Kids who eat breakfast score better, on average, on learning tests and behave better in school. In short, breakfast is very important for them as it constitutes the fuel that makes their brain function in the best way throughout the day.
Our bodies are 60% water. Losing 2% of this water leads to dehydration.
The recommended daily fluid intake should be around 2 liters or 8 glasses. This amount is more during hot weather and physical activity.
Some of this fluid comes from fruits and vegetables your child eats during the day. And of course from water and healthy beverage he consumes. These are most importantly milk, cereal milk beverage and unsweetened fresh juices (in moderation)
Make sure your child gets 8 glasses of water daily.* Click here to download a Daily Water Chart for the whole family
Here are some tips:
Hummus- veggie sticks and brown bread, tuna sandwich with corn and tomato, turkey sandwich with lettuce and tomato, cheese sandwich with cucumber, peanut butter and jelly on brown slice of bread.
Banana, apple, mixed fruit cubes, pineapple slices, plums, nectarine, peach, pear, berries, melon cubes,mango cuts, grapes, cherries.
Popcorn, pretzels, dried apricots (4pieces), mixed nuts, 2 finger Kit Kat, baked chips, fruit yogurt.
Water, fresh orange juice 125ml, chocolate milk, strawberry milk, apple juice 125ml w/o added sugar.
Your child might not like the taste of milk or not drink it too often; but sometimes children might not be able to properly digest milk. This is a condition called lactose intolerance (LI); it means that your child cannot digest lactose, the sugar naturally present in milk, and this causes him abdominal cramps, gas, diarrhea....
Give him smaller amounts of milk at a time:
Little amounts are easier to digest. Just make sure your child is getting what adds up to at least 2 glasses of milk or equivalent everyday.
Include cheese and yogurt or chocolate milk:
These are well tolerated by children with LI, they have the same nutrients as milk but cheese has less lactose and yogurt has friendly bacteria that help in digesting lactose. Chocolate milk is digested easier.
Encourage other high calcium foods:
Broccoli, almonds, leafy vegetables, legumes, dried fruits and salmon are also high calcium sources; include them in your child's diet.
Good to remember:
make sure to confirm with your child's doctor if he has Lactose intolerance.
Juices are of two types, fresh and packed.
Fresh, of course, is always the better choice when it comes to juice.
Packed juices could be only from concentrate, meaning the only ingredient is the concentrated fruit juice that was reconstituted by adding water. Often other ingredients like sugar, preservatives, thickeners etc. are also added. However, dieticians in general recommend limiting the intake of fresh or packaged juice and substituting it with actual fruit instead.
That way your child will get all the goodness of the fruit, in terms of Vitamins, Minerals and of course fiber.
Did you know that:
1 serving of juice is ½ a cup of juice? So if your child consumes the whole 300 ml pack, he'll be getting more than 2.5 servings of fruit in one go!
How about sugary drinks?
Well of course not!
Sugary drinks like sodas are not at all nutritious for your children and they should not be included in their diet. They are usually very high in calories, simple sugars, preservatives and most of the time replace Water and Milk- the healthier beverages your child should have.
Why your child is eating too much these days?
Do you feel that you cannot stop him from eating lately? Is he getting a bit chubby for his height? Don't worry he's probably in for a growth spurt. In about a few months this will subside and he would have grown taller in flash.
Did you know that kids can grow taller by up to 10 cm in 1 year? So his body could be stocking up to fuel this upcoming rapid growth spurt. Make sure to give him a variety of healthy foods daily and also make sure he gets his calcium needs (3 servings of milk and dairy/ day) to have stronger bones. Also make sure he's active for at least 60 mins daily.
If you should worry about his weight and height?
If you are worried, first check with your healthcare provider. Most likely your child is growing well and when his weight
and height are charted; all is perfectly normal.
Here is some advice if your child is overweight:
You dread going to the supermarket with your kids because they simply drive you crazy! An unhappy child and a disgruntled mother is a very common scene at the supermarket. Here are some tips to help you enjoy grocery shopping with your kids and even have them benefit from it:
Time it right :
Involve them from the start :
Involve them at the supermarket :
Make it a game :
It's good to learn too :
Healthy habits :
Let them choose their snacks and treats for the week.
Reward good behavior :
Good to know :
Make a richer and more nutritious MILO® hot chocolate by replacing the water with milk.
Serve NESTLÉ® breakfast cereals with milk daily.
Give him a glass of milk or yogurt or flavored yogurt as a snack.
Blend some fruits with ½ cup of milk for a yummy nutritious drink.
Grate cheese over his pasta dishes for extra taste.
Prepare milk puddings (MILO® chocolate pudding, mouhallabiah, riz bil haleeb, kashtalieh, custard...) a delicious treat with good Calcium content.
Top cut-up fruit with flavored yogurt or Vanilla ice cream for a quick dessert.
Substitute 1 cup of water during baking with a cup of milk to add extra Calcium to your breads, muffins and cakes.
Offer grilled cheese with crackers as a tasty afternoon snack.
Add 2 spoons of powdered milk to homemade soups for extra flavor and nutrition.
A children's party is not the time to try to introduce a new food or pay too much attention to getting enough vegetables. Serve things that kids will like and that they are familiar with. It's a party remember! The food should be fun too.
Children seem to do best with finger foods. Tuna sandwiches, cheese sandwiches, cookies, hotdogs, etc. work well because they aren't too messy and most kids like them.
Always make sure to have grown up options; not that parents will not enjoy the popcorn and sandwiches. But it is always nice to have a fresh salad or two and some grown up finger food. Kebbe, mouajanat, rkakat cheese… or if you want to walk the mile, go for some grilled meat and shish taouk sandwiches.
Provide lots of natural choices such as vegetables with cream cheese based dips and salsas, fresh fruit skewers. Whole wheat crackers, nuts (always check for allergies), pretzels, popcorn, and crunchy snack mixes combining raisins, nuts other dried fruits for sweetness are yummy as well as healthy choices.
Water, water, water… make sure you have plenty at hand. As for beverage: you can serve fresh juice for the children or packed juice (Just make sure it is with no added sugar). Also make sure to have some sodas for the parents and maybe some tea or coffee.