Our expert says:
Adding protein to a cereal product such as chocolate Pronutro will lower the GI of the meal and help to keep your daughter's blood sugar and insulin levels steady for longer which should in turn help her to concentrate for longer, but not for the whole day either. People tend to forget that milk and yoghurt, cheese and cottage cheese, are among the best sources of protein available and on top of that these dairy foods contain our best source of bioavailable calcium. So by adding 1.2 to 1 cup of milk or yoghurt to your daughter's cereal you are already adding protein and lowering the GI of the meal to keep her blood sugar and insulin levels steady for the morning. You can also give her a slice of low-GI bread with a boiled egg, or cheese or peanut butter. All these foods (flavoured milk, yoghurt, cottage cheese, other cheeses, low-GI bread, nuts, raisins, dried fruit, boiled egg, cooked chicken or tuna or cooked legumes (lentils, beans, soya) can be used to make snacks for a child's lunchbox to ensure that their sugar and insulin levels remain steady for the entire school day so that they can perform at their very best. The portion sizes for milk/yoghurt are 1/2 to 1 cup; for cereal 1/2 cup; bread 1-2 slices; other cheeses, dried fruit, peanut butter or other nuts 30 g or 2 tablespoons; egg - one boiled; tuna of cold meat or cooked meat - 30 g; Legumes - 1/2 cup or 1 x lentil or soya patty.
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