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Make Every Morning a Good Morning!

What if every day started with a bowl of cereal and a smile? It can! Here are 13 helpful tips for minimizing morning stress and maximizing family together time.

Get Organized

 

TIP 1: Preparation is key

Pack, plan and do as much the night before as you can. Organize lunches, sign school forms, pack sports kit/musical instruments/etc. by the front door to avoid extra leg work in the morning. 

TIP 2: The early bird gets the coffee

Get up 20 minutes before your family, and enjoy a coffee and the radio, and get your energy levels ready to stay on top of the morning rush.

TIP 3: Dress for success

Getting the kids dressed can be the first challenge. Try laying out clothes for the next day on the floor in the shape they would be worn. This is fun for your kids to look at too.

TIP 4: Get into the groove

For kids that are naturally slower to get ready and easily distracted, create a playlist—each song linked to a task—so they know that by the end of their favorite song they should be dressed and ready.

Young child getting dressed and pulling his stripy jumper over his head

Did you

know?

Chewing it over

Chewing It Over

People have been eating whole grains for more than 17,000 years – they picked seeds, rubbed off the husks and chewed the kernels raw or boiled them in water.

Illustration ofa bucket of grains

A whole lot of grains

One bushel of wheat contains around a million individual whole grain kernels.

Have Fun

 

TIP 5: On your marks, get set…

Maybe your child is competitive. Try time trials to test how quickly he or she can manage each task. Or make getting ready into a game. of 'beat the timer’.

TIP 6: Make time to snuggle

Some kids need a cuddle before getting going. Try waking them 5 minutes earlier to accommodate this precious request. Or let them get dressed in the kitchen and chat while you make breakfast.

TIP 7: Independence starts in the a.m.

Teach kids independence by having them make a chart for getting ready. They can also learn to serve themselves breakfast if the ingredients are kept together low in the fridge with the cereals and bowls close by the table.

TIP 8: Tech-free zone

Devices like phones and TVs are a major distraction in the morning. It's best to restrict these distractions until your kids are ready for school. Or, try using them as a reward for getting ready on time.

girls having fun

Connect

 

TIP 9: Show them you care

Mornings are notorious times for nervous tummy aches in kids who worry about school and friends. Encourage your children to share their worries and help them with solutions so they can bounce confidently into school.

TIP 10: Dream big

Mornings are when dreams are fresh in our mind. Ask everyone what they dreamed about, then have fun deciphering what it means!

TIP 11: The more the merrier

To break the routine, why not turn breakfast into an even bigger social event by letting them invite a friend for breakfast? You can have fun making invitations.

TIP 12: Think about it…

Get your children interested in current affairs at an early age by carefully explaining an age-appropriate headline story from each day’s morning news and asking them their thoughts.

TIP 13: Knock, knock…

If the news is too serious for first thing in your morning, there's no reason why old favorites such as I-spy, Who am I? or jokes can't be shared. It sets everyone in a good mood!

 

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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 making them more nutritious. Achieving consistency in 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. 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 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 check mark 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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