Chewsday Review - Up&Go Dairy Free

Up&Go Liquid Breakfast has been an Australian staple of canteens and pantries for years. Touted as the equivalent of two Weet-bix and milk, the new dairy-free version appears to be all that - minus the milk? But is it a healthy breakfast option or just a marketing gimmick? Read on to find out.

🔹Ingredients

🔸Water, soy protein, corn maltodextrin, cane sugar, plant fibre, vegetable oils (sunflower, canola), fructose, cocoa (0.5%), brown rice flour, flavours, mineral (calcium), acidity regulator (potassium citrate), vegetable gums (460, 466, 407), stabiliser (452), vitamins (C, niacin, A, B12, B6, B2, B1, folate), salt

🔸This product replaces the skim milk powder in the original Up&Go with soy protein to make it dairy-free.

🔸There are two types of added sugar in this product – cane sugar and fructose.

🔸The vegetable gums (460, 466 and 407) and stabiliser (452) help keep the texture consistent, and the acidity regulator (potassium citrate) helps preserve nutrient content. Nothing to worry about here.

🔸Allergens: Soy

🔹Positives

🔸These are a good source of fibre with 4g per serve. That’s the same as 2 Weet-bix, and makes up around 30% of a younger child’s and 20% of an older child’s daily fibre intake.

🔸Total fat and saturated fat content are within healthy guidelines.

🔸Low in sodium, which I would expect in a product like this.

🔹Negatives

🔸Whilst the sugar content is within the healthy guidelines, all of this sugar is added sugar which isn’t ideal. One tetra box contains 3 tsp of sugar.

🔸It’s a shame these haven’t been fortified with iron, like Weet-bix and some other brekkie cereals.

🔸Keep in mind that drinks don’t keep us as full for as long. If serving this as a breakfast option, I would add a piece of fruit on the side to avoid a very hungry kiddo by morning tea!


🔹Marketing

🔸‘Protein, fibre, calcium and low GI energy plus 10 vitamins and minerals’. Can’t argue with this one.

🔸This has a 5 star health rating, which is higher than the traditional Up&Go.

🔹Alternatives

🔸I think 2 Weet-Bix and milk are a better option, but from a nutrition perspective, these Up&Go are surprisingly ok. They are a little higher in added sugar than I would like, but would easily trump a bowl of Nutri-Grain. They’d also make a decent snack or quick brekkie option for older kids who struggle to eat before school. I would pair it with a piece of toast or fruit for a more substantial breakfast.

🔸If you have time to make your own smoothie, try a combo of milk, frozen fruit, oats or Weet-bix and ice.

 

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