‘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 that bad to give breakfast a miss?
Is skipping breakfast bad?
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 jolt 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.
Top excuses for skipping breakfast
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!
I’m too exhausted, 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 is 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, 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. What’s not to love about breakfast?
I’m out of milk
No milk? No problem. Instead of skipping breakfast, have your cereals at the 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. 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 fuel. 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!
Next, discover how finding your favourite cereal topping can truly make your breakfast hard to skip.
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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.
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.