‘I’ve got to look after my friend’s mother’s brother’s nephew’s sick fish this morning! No time for breakfast today.’ We all know how excuses go. And the ones for skipping breakfast are no different. It’s always the kids, the boss, time itself, whoever put breakfast in the morning or all of the above stopping you from seizing the day.
You’re not a breakfast person, we get it. But we’re here to say you can change that.
Whatever your reasons to skip breakfast, we’ll help you burst right through them. Unless your latest excuse is ‘I can’t find the fridge’. Then we can’t help. Sorry!
But first, is it that bad to give breakfast a miss?
Is skipping breakfast bad?
Skipping breakfast is not a good idea. After all, when mornings are out to get you, it’s breakfast that’s got your back. It gives you that jolt of energy. Skip it and by noon you’ll be so hungry you’ll hit the fridge with a vengeance! Plus, why skip breakfast when you can start the day with a delicious morning meal? That makes no sense.
Top excuses for skipping breakfast
No doubt you’ve got a zillion one-liners you can use to skip breakfast with your conscience clean. Perhaps you can even nail a realistic yawn to get yourself out of preparing the morning meal. The good news is that we can help you fall back in love with breakfast. So, if you’re wondering how to stop skipping breakfast, here are a few excuse-busting tips you can use:
I’m a full-time parent
Unruly kids and mornings don’t go well together, we know. But the little ones should be the biggest reason to have breakfast, not to skip it. They’ll be the first to let you know that you can’t tell them to have breakfast when you’re skipping yours.
So, how to stop skipping breakfast? Our top tip is to wake up 5 minutes before they do. Sometimes that’s all it takes to conquer busy mornings. It’s plenty of time to get the bowls out of the cupboard and fill them with delicious cereals and a splash of milk, ready before the mad rush starts. We can’t promise there won’t be any tantrums, but at least you’ve got everyone’s morning meals sorted. Let the chaos begin!
I’m too exhausted, would rather lie in
If you think late-risers and breakfast are not meant to meet, think again. It’s a troubled relationship, that’s true, and that snooze button doesn’t make it any easier. But there’s a trick to stop skipping breakfast: prepare everything the night before. And if overnight oats is not how you like to roll in the morning, remember you can prepare more than your food in advance. Choose your clothes, shoes and bag before you go to bed. That’s time saved in the morning for a decent breakfast before heading out the door to conquer the world (or that work presentation). Thank us later!
I’ve got a lot of work to do
When your workday is one tight deadline after another, it’s tempting to let breakfast slip through the cracks of your busy morning. But how are you going to crush those deadlines when you’ve got your ‘fuel tank’ on low? By noon you’ll be flaking, looking for a pick-me-up coffee. What if you could have your cake and eat it too? We think you can. Why not enjoy a bowl of MILO® Breakfast Cereal at your desk? What better way to enjoy your favourite breakfast while ticking off those never-ending tasks one by one? Don’t forget to recycle the carton and plastic bag after that last delicious mouthful.
I don’t like any breakfast food, would rather skip it
Have you ever tasted our Cini Minis Churros Milkshake Mashup? Breakfast food can be exciting if you’ve got the right recipe! There are so many amazing cereals-milk-fruit combinations you can prepare. Why not get your sleeves up in the morning and make a smoothie of your choice? Bananas, blueberries, kiwis, mangos – don’t get us started. You can have a different fruit combination every morning of your life. What’s not to love about breakfast?
I’m out of milk
No milk? No problem. Instead of skipping breakfast, have your cereals at the ready for a delicious milk-less morning meal. Crush your cereals and you’ve got the perfect ingredient for a batch of healthy breakfast muffins. If all the dairy in the fridge is in the shape of a yoghurt pot, then add it to your cereal bowl. Trust us, it’s a creamy breakfast you’ll regret not trying.
I’m not hungry
The pizza from late last night shouldn’t mean you’re skipping breakfast in the morning. Remember that breakfast time doesn’t last for only that first half hour after you’ve woken up. Morning technically ends at 11.59. We’re not saying squeeze your breakfast into those last few minutes before noon. But if you’re not feeling hungry first thing in the morning, give yourself an hour or so before heading for your breakfast-cereal fuel. That still counts as breakfast in our book.
That’s it! Breakfast-skipping excuses busted. Now you can enjoy a nice bowl of cereal while getting ready to crush the day. No reason not to!
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Whole grain provides a range of vitamins, minerals, fibre, starch and other nutrients – that’s why it’s often recommended we eat three to four services a day ((Eatforhealth.gov.au 2015, 'How much should I eat from the grain (cereal) group?' para. 5). Breakfast is a good way to get some whole grain early in the day.
Source: Eatforhealth.gov.au 2015, Grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and / or high cereal fibre varieties, viewed 9 September 2021, https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/food-essentials/five-food-groups/grain-cereal-foods-mostly-wholegrain-and-or-high-cereal-fibre
- Look out for 'whole' on the label – wholemeal, whole wheat and whole oats are all whole grains.
- Swap refined white breads, pasta and white rice for whole grain varieties (brown).
- Start your day with a breakfast cereal that clearly states it is made with whole grains.
- Mix wild rice with white rice, or switch to brown rice.
- Use wholemeal breadcrumbs to create a crunchy topping in savoury dishes.
- Choose rice cakes, rye crispbread, muesli bars with oats or other whole grains or plain popcorn as a whole grain snack.
CINI MINIS® Churros: Contains Wheat, Gluten. May contain milk.
MILO® Cereal: Contains Wheat, Gluten, Milk, Soy. May contain other gluten containing ingredients.
MILO® DUO Cereal: Contains Wheat, Gluten, Milk, Soy. May contain other gluten containing ingredients.
MILO® Protein Cereal: Contains Wheat, Gluten, Milk, Soy. May contain other gluten containing ingredients.
NESQUIK® Cereal: Contains Wheat, Gluten. May contain other gluten containing ingredients, milk and soy.
For more information, please refer to our product pages.
CINI MINIS® Churros Breakfast Cereal, NESQUIK® Breakfast Cereal and MILO® Breakfast Cereals are all suitable for vegetarian diets. CINI MINIS® Churros Breakfast Cereal and NESQUIK® Breakfast Cereal are also suitable for vegan diets, when served with a plant-based milk. However, MILO® Breakfast Cereals are not suitable for a vegan diet.
None of our breakfast cereals are Halal certified. If you are interested in other Nestlé products, please see current Halal list.
Here is a list of sugar content of each of our cereals. Please note that every quantity is an approximation, and based on the serving size of 30g unless stated otherwise:
CINI MINIS® Churros Breakfast Cereal: 7.5g.
MILO® Breakfast Cereal Original: 8.0g.
MILO® Duo Breakfast Cereal: 8.2 g.
NESQUIK® Breakfast Cereal: 6.7g.
MILO® Protein Breakfast Cereal: 10.1g per serving size of 45g.
To find the sugar content of our breakfast cereals, you can visit the nutritional information and ingredient information on each product page.
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