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Chewsday Review- Messy Monkeys Banana Blast Cereal

I’m always complaining that there aren’t enough high quality breakfast cereals on the market for kiddos (or adults to eat). Oats and Weet-Bix are really the only two that get my stamp of approval (especially after they discontinued the low-sugar Cheerios ) So I was particularly excited to see that Messy Monkeys have a new cereal on the market- let’s see what I think in today’s Chewsday Review.

 

 

🔶Ingredients: 

🔹Chickpea flour, maize flour, rice flour, cane sugar, psyllium husk, chickpea fibre, golden syrup, emulsifier (sunflower lecithin), natural flavours, natural colour (turmeric extract).

🔹Common allergens include: nil

 

🔶The positives: 

🔹Low fat and saturated fat content, well within healthy guidelines. 

🔹High fibre content of 3.9g per serve. This is significantly more than many other ‘kid’ cereals. One 45g serve would meet about 28% of a toddler's fibre requirements and 22% of an older child's requirements. 

🔹Significantly lower sodium (salt) content than lots of breakfast cereals at only 55mg/100g.

🔹The sugar content technically scrapes into my guidelines at 14.1g/100g but it’s all from added sugars (as opposed to some cereal that have sugar occurring naturally in fruit). It’s not ‘high’ compared to Freedom Foods XO Crunch (22.2g/100g) or Coco Pops (36.5g/100g). A serve of this (which is only a very small amount anyway) would give you 1.5 tsp of added sugar. Compared to some other cereals this is a positive.

 

🔶The negatives:

🔹There’s no added iron in this cereal, which is why I recommend cereals like Weet-Bix. Iron is a tricky nutrient for lots of kids to get enough of, so fortified cereals do help. 

 

🔶The marketing:

🔹”Gluten free.” This is important because there really aren’t a lot of reasonable gluten free options for children with coeliac disease.

🔹”Source of protein (28% of kids’ daily protein intake)“ Protein isn’t something Australian kids really need more of- so definitely don’t buy this cereal just for the protein content. In fact, it’s the same protein as Weet-Bix!

🔹”Hidden goodness of legumes” There is definitely legume flour and fibre in this product, which I like.

 

🔶The alternatives:

🔹Good fibre and allergy-friendly content, but moderate sugar content and no iron. These have a similar sugar content to Cheerios, less salt anymore fibre but Cheerios have added iron. 

🔹I'd prefer Weet-Bix (kids or regular) or oats. If you’re buying it as a special ‘on holidays’ cereal then it’s a much better option than most others. 

 

About Mealtime Building Blocks 

Dr Kyla Smith is a paediatric dietitian specialising in fussy eating, feeding difficulties and childhood nutrition. Lauren Pike is an occupational therapist working in fussy eating and feeding difficulties.  They have a private practice called Mealtime Building Blocks in Perth, Western Australia. You can connect with Kyla and Lauren on their website and sign up for their newsletter, and the Facebook page or on the Instagram page.

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