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Weekend breakfast time - Fun for all the family

Hooray it’s the weekend! Unlike those crazy weekday breakfasts, you can relax and enjoy being with your family. And if you make it fun too, it will become something everyone will look forward to. Use your imagination to make your breakfasts unique – or use some of our ideas below.

Family fun toolkit

Take a trip. Turn your breakfast table into a holiday destination by having a traditional morning meal from around the world. One weekend you could be in France tucking into croissants and coffee, the next you’re off to Canada for pancakes and maple syrup.

You name it! Put name tags on each place setting – but make them the names of famous people or historical characters and get the family to choose who they want to be. To make it even more fun, get them to act ‘in character’ all through breakfast.

Eat outside. Al fresco eating gets some air into the lungs and makes you all feel like it’s the holidays!

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Did you

know?

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Wheat almighty!

Wheat is the most widely grown cereal grain. It’s grown on over 17 per cent of the total cultivated land in the world, and is the staple food for 35 per cent of the world’s population. It provides more calories and protein in the world’s diet than any other crop.

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Oh mummy!

Egyptians used to bury mummies with necklaces made from barley, and in 1324 King Edward II of England set the standard for the measurement - making the ‘inch’ equal to ‘three grains of barley, dry and round, placed end-to-end lengthwise’.

Leave it to the kids. If you’re feeling brave, let go of the controls and hand over to the children. Let them decide what's on the breakfast menu – you just give them a hand with the cooking. They get a bit of independence, you get the chance to heap praise – and do the clearing up. Just make sure they get the serving sizes right for a balanced breakfast.

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a father lying in bed being woken up by his two daughters

Play a game. Puzzles are a great way of stimulating the mind first thing in the morning. Even a few rounds of I-Spy can lift the mood and wake everyone up.

Telling jokes. A guaranteed way of bringing laughter to the table is for everyone to come to breakfast ready to tell their best (or worst) joke.

What about breakfast during the week? For tips to make those busy weekday mornings go smoothly, check out the 'Morning madness survival guide'.

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Breakfast Survival Guide

Mornings can be hectic so why not find a good method to start the day off well? Have a look at Nestlé's breakfast survival guide to help you out!

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    Do Nestlé products in emerging countries have more salt than products in developed/developing countries?

    For the last 15 years we’ve been working to reduce the sodium (which is the major component of salt) in our breakfast cereals across the world, because we want to keep on making them more nutritious. Achieving consistency on all products, in all countries, takes time - so some may have more sodium than others. Our aim is for all our cereals – globally – to have the same reduced levels of sodium, with a target of less than 135mg per serving in all our children’s products.

    What are the health and nutritional benefits of Nestlé Gluten Free Corn Flakes?

    As well as being a healthy choice for people who want to reduce the amount of gluten in their diet, or have coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance, Gluten Free Corn Flakes are fortified with B-vitamins, folic acid and iron

    How can I find foods made with whole grain?

    Two things to remember: • Look for food labels where the word 'whole' appears in front of the name of the grain, like “whole wheat” or “wholemeal bread”. • For foods with more than one ingredient, make sure whole grain is listed towards the top of the ingredients list. The further up the list it is, the more whole grain has been used in the recipe. And look out for the percentage of whole grain. You should find this in the ingredients list too. It’s easy to know if a Nestlé breakfast cereal is made with whole grain: just look out for the Green Banner and whole grain tick on top of the box.

    I’ve heard a low GI diet can help me lose weight. Is this true?

    It’s too early to say. The science in this area is still emerging. There is evidence that low GI foods take longer to digest and help you feel satisfied for longer, but none that you’ll eat fewer calories at the next meal.

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