1. Tick tock, tick tock …
When you’re up against the clock, make sure time is on your side. Even getting up a few minutes earlier can make a big difference. TV, laptops, tablets and phones are all big time wasters. So why not turn off all devices until after breakfast?
2. Do less in the mornings
Getting stuff done the night before means less to do first thing. Packing lunchboxes and schoolbags for example can save loads of time and energy. But there are other time-savers too – like filling out any school paperwork and even laying the table ready for breakfast. And hey, the best bit is – you can get the kids to help out with some of it!
3. Losing things loses time!
It’s amazing how things like keys or pencil cases just seem to disappear into thin air - especially when you’re in a rush. It’s enough to make you … well, get very cross! Avoid the stressful morning game of hide and seek by putting all the important things you need in one place. Then, simply grab and go.
4. List mania
Lists are great. Why not write down all the things you need for the day ahead and check it before you leave home. That way you’ll always be a step ahead and it could save you getting to the school drop-off in your slippers! Not that slippers are that bad … are they?
5. Keep calm and carry on
Things rarely go according to plan – what will be will be! Embrace disruption – nobody, absolutely nobody is perfect. You know those mums always looking so serene? Chances are they’ve had a mad morning too!
War On Whole Grain
Amaranth is a whole grain that was incredibly important to the Aztecs. So when the Spanish invaded, their leader, Cortez, tried to destroy the Aztecs by not allowing them to grow it - anyone caught was put to death!
Tut, tut ...
Khorasan grain is a wheat variety that was brought to the US as a souvenir from an Egyptian tomb - it was sold as ‘King Tut’s Wheat’. Now known as kamut, an ancient Egyptian word for wheat, this rich, buttery-tasting wheat is certified organic.
And of course keep breakfast simply delicious and nutritious!
A balanced breakfast does more than just get your child’s body going in the morning. It should make a great contribution to the energy and nutrients they need to kick start the day. In fact, it’s recommended to get around 20% of daily energy intake from breakfast. But breakfast doesn’t just give your children energy - it provides them with protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals and many other nutrients. If they don’t get the nutrition they need first thing it’s hard to make it up during the day.
Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy way to help give them everything they need. A bowl of cereal made with whole grain, a splash of milk or dollop of yogurt, and a piece of fresh fruit will give them a good start to the day. Or, if you want to try something a bit different, take a look at our fun recipes.
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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.
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
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 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.