The children get up late, the dog’s chewed the homework and who knows what happened to the car keys. Aaaaghhh! Yes, mornings can be madness. So how do you get through this morning madness and live to tell the tale? The answer is a good morning routine. If it seems easier said than done, don’t worry, with a few survival tips, it’s just about possible…
TOP TIPS FOR A GOOD MORNING ROUTINE
A productive morning routine is only a few steps away. Even if you’re not a morning person, with a bit of forward thinking and our breakfast-time hacks, you’ll quickly win the day.
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, especially if you have to come up with a morning routine for school. 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 that your good morning routine just went out the window! 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, but for a productive morning routine there’s nothing better. 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! Try to keep calm and know that breakfast time is a challenge for even the best of us. Remember that there are always ways to make breakfast extra fast, so everyone in the family can still enjoy that important first meal, even in the middle of morning chaos. Here are our quick and delicious breakfast on the go ideas to get you inspired.
GO FOR A DELICIOUS BREAKFAST!
6. And of course keep breakfast delicious!
A balanced breakfast does more than just get your child’s body going in the morning. It could make a great contribution to the energy and nutrients they need to 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 can provide 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. So, a good breakfast is always part of a good morning routine.
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 yoghurt, and a piece of fresh fruit will give them a tasty start to the day. Cereal toppings will surely make the first meal of the day, your kids’ favourite. Or, if you want to try something a bit different, take a look at our fun recipes.
- NHS Choices: http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/goodfood/pages/what-does-100-calories-look-like.aspx
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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.
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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.
Because it’s industry practice to label seasonal oils (oils that aren’t consistently available across the year). In Europe it’s now mandatory to detail the types of vegetable oils used in a food product. So it’s no longer permitted to use the term “vegetable oil” on a label.