UK mum shares handy trick for reducing sugar in son's breakfast cereal

Other parents called the hack 'genius'.
Other parents called the hack 'genius'. Photo credit: Getty.

A mum has shared the handy trick she uses for cutting down sugar in her son's breakfast cereal in a move other parents have branded "genius" 

The UK woman took to Facebook page Aldi Mums to share how she makes a blend of cereals to keep her Coco Pop-loving son happy. 

"I'm not sure if anyone else does this, but this is my trick to reduce the sugar in my son's morning cereal," she captioned her snap. 

"He loves Coco Pops (or any brand variant of it) and it's pretty much the only thing he will eat at breakfast.

"I always buy one box of Coco Pops and one box of Rice Puffs and mix them half and half!"

The woman included a photo of the cereal blend, which had Coco Pops mixed through the rice-based cereal, still turning the milk chocolatey, but without as much sugar. 

UK mum shares handy trick for reducing sugar in son's breakfast cereal
Photo credit: Facebook/Aldi Mums.

"It looks more interesting and it cuts the sugar content down without tasting terrible! I've been doing this for years and never any complaints."

In New Zealand, Coco Pops have around 39g of sugar per 100g of cereal, whereas Rice Bubbles (the most popular puffed rice cereal brand) is only 10g per 100g. 

Parents praised the move and said they'll be attempting it at breakfast in their own home. 

"What a great idea - us mums are so clever," one person wrote. 

"I'll definitely be doing this. Great idea!" added another, while a third wrote, "This is simple yet brilliant!"

Of course, even mixing the two types of cereal results in higher levels sugar than many nutritionists would like to see people eating at breakfast. 

While this is a great option for a treat, a bowl of homemade muesli with yoghurt and fruit, or poached eggs on wholegrain toast are a much more filling breakfast option, which will help your kids get to lunch without the sugar crash. 

But if cereal it's all they'll eat at breakfast - being fed with something is better than nothing!