Do you struggle with your children in the morning to get them to eat their breakfast?
My mornings are like competing a mini obstacle course when it comes to organising the boys, with three boys all under the age of 11, it’s not an easy task!
- First I have to awake them from their warm comfy beds, which is survival in itself having to enter their bedrooms (the youngest would happily stay there all morning)
- Secondly I have to get them all washed and dressed
- Then I have to prepare their pack lunches, trying to put a balance of healthy foods and snacks in them
Whilst I am doing this all 3 of them will be climbing up the banisters, hanging from door ways, shouting at each other and trying to get past me to the back door so they can go out for a morning jump on the trampoline (My house is like a Jungle full of monkeys)
- Then I have to get them all to sit down at the table to eat their breakfast cereal, but only after they have raided the cupboard for their choice of breakfast.
This is the only time in the morning that they are calm and sitting down and it’s the only time from when they have woken up that I may get a chance to sip my coffee (which by now is cold!)
- Once breakfast has been consumed, teeth have been brushed, book bags been checked and any last minute work added to the homework/reading books we are ready to leave the house.
Having a nutritional breakfast is an important part of the day, it sets you up for the rest of the day. The boys need to eat something that is quick but filling to get them through their tough morning at school til lunch time. I always make sure that we have a good selection of cereals for the boys, our cupboard is always full of cereal boxes their favourite being Shreddies.
According to new research by Nestle Cereals, 70% of families have less than an hour to get ready for school, I totally agree with this and the more children you have to get ready the harder the routine gets, But we always make time to eat out breakfast! Eating their cereal means that they are getting a good start to the day and taking in important nutrients like fibre, vitamins and minerals.
Did you know that Shreddies contain 8 vitamins and minerals, and are low in saturated fats and are a great source of fibre?
Did you know that Cheerios are a great source of 9 vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium and vitamin D?
Celebrity Mum, Marina Fogle, says: ” Just like most families, sometimes we find it hard to navigate the jungle of the morning routine. But, however busy we are, making time for a nutritious breakfast is a key. A bowl of cereal is not just quick and easy but a source of important nutrients my family needs to start the day in a nutritious balanced way.”
“My husband is best known for travelling to remote locations and being a survival expert, putting himself through his paces, but back at home I’m a survival expert as a mum!”
To support other parents looking for help to survive the jungle of family breakfast, Marina has teamed up with Nestle Cereals to launch ‘Breakfast Survival Guide’, full of tips and advice.
HOW ELSE CAN I GET MY ESSENTIAL VITAMINS?
How about eating some bugs! Did you know that bugs, grubs and plants from the jungle are packed with vitamins and minerals!
Kids love eating weird and wacky things, A Mopane Caterpillar is a good source of iron and the root of a Bulrush might be a great way get your fibre, or you could eat 100 Jewel Beetles for a great source of calcium.
We was invited along to A breakfast Survival event run by Nestle Cereals, where we got to go on an exciting exhibition through the jungle of the family breakfast routine. The boys had a blast meeting some wonderful creepy crawlies, tasting some of the alternative choices of a jungle cereal and we even got to meet Marina Fogle and renowned nutritionist, Juliette Kellow who were around to answer any of our questions.
The eldest and I tasted all of the bugs, they wasn’t as bad as i thought they would be but we still would prefer to eat a bowl of cheerios any day! Whilst we was tucking away into our nutritional helping of bugs, Joseph was sitting in the next room tucking into a bowl of his favourite Shreddies.
Not only does Nestle Cereal make the perfect choice of breakfast but they are also ideal to put into pack lunches for the children to snack on.
Do you have any tip to make mornings that little bit easier? Why not share them on twitter using the hashtag #BreakfastSurvival
We was invited along to the event for the purpose of this post, thank you to Red Consultancy and Nestle for a lovely interesting and yummy afternoon.