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Top 7 Excuses to Skip Breakfast Busted

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Make sure you never skip breakfast again with our top tips.

‘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 bad to skip breakfast? 


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 boost of energy to keep you going till lunchtime*. 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.



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’ve got no time for breakfast

‘No time’ is the oldest excuse in the ‘skipping breakfast’ book. Unless you’re running for dear life, chances are you can find a few spare minutes for breakfast. Even if it’s a case of grab-and-go, there are plenty of ways to have a quick morning meal. Put your SHREDDIES®, milk and a few of your favourite fruits in a blender, and seconds later you’ll have a delicious liquid breakfast you can sip while taking on whatever the morning throws at you. Here are our other ideas for a quick breakfast on the go.


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!

If you find your kids are skipping breakfast too, make their morning breakfast more enticing and read our article on how to eat your favourite cereals.


I’m too exhausted, and 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 are 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. Grab your milk and eat your SHREDDIES® right out of the box with our Box Bowls. 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, I would rather skip it

Have you ever tasted our Cereal Crunch Tartlets? Breakfast food can be exciting if you’ve got the right recipe! There are so many amazing cereals-milk-fruit combinations you can prepare the night before.  Or 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. Find inspiration to make your breakfast more enticing with our article on delicious cereal toppings. By incorporating fruit into your morning breakfast, you’ll soon be asking what’s not to love about breakfast.


I’m out of milk

No milk? No problem. Instead of skipping breakfast, have your cereals ready for a delicious milk-less morning meal. Crush your cereals and you’ve got the perfect ingredient for a batch of amazing cupcakes. 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. And for the desperate no-other-food-in-the-house situations, you can always dip into your SHREDDIES® box for a few delicious malty squares of whole grain cereals. That’s you covered until the milk is topped up. Here are some of the best ways to have cereals without milk.


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. The 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. 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!

How you can be ready for breakfast with SHREDDIE for Anything

We have lots of useful tips on how you can be ready for your day with SHREDDIES®, from energy-boosting tips to top distraction busters. How you start your day makes all the difference to your health and lifestyle. 

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!

Next, why not discover the best fruit for breakfast with our top tasty ideas

*Shreddies is a source of iron which contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism. Enjoy as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.