Nutritionists, doctors, and most parents attest that breakfast is a critical meal for the day. This is because it influences how one performs physically and mentally throughout the day. Thus, in our household, I always make sure that my boys are well fed before leaving the house. With the demands at school and at work, my family needs the energy and nutrients to keep them going.
There are still times that I would miss the alarm clock and rush to prepare everything with the little time left for me. But most of the time, I may say I am able to survive and provide the needed nutrients my family needs. Allow me to share with you how I am able to manage morning madness.
Surviving manic morning rush
Model a positive behavior
With the daily commitments we all need to meet, I make it a point that I will remain sane if all else fails. If I give in to the daily challenges, my family will certainly be hungry and the house will be in chaos.
This mother believes that it is the homemaker that sets the tone in the morning. If her morning is stressed out and disorganized even, her children and spouse would pick up on that, too. But if she models a positive tone, the whole household will reflect the happy vibes as well.
It is prudent then to start the day focused and positive.
Plan meals in advance
Meal is important. Usually, in our household, I spend most of my time in the kitchen preparing food for the boys. Because meal preparation takes a lot of my time – from grocery and market to cooking – I plan our meal for the week. I usually do the market weekly so before heading to the market, I have my proposed dishes to cook. I then display a print out of our one-week meal schedule by the fridge door for everyone to see.
If I do not feel like cooking at night, I prepare everything I need for my morning cooking. I pull the meat out of the freezer to defrost it then prepare all the ingredients I will be needing for tomorrow.
Usually, though, I cook at night when the house is quiet and the boys are all tucked in bed. Then in the morning, I just reheat the food. I even prepare sandwiches for their school recess the night before. To seal in all the flavor, I just wrap the sandwich tightly in a plastic wrap or tin foil then put it inside a plastic container before refrigerating. The bread may soften a little but the flavor and even the aroma are still there.
Prepare everything at night
It has been a common practice that before the boys head to bed each night, they must have prepared their school uniform for the next morning. I told them to lay everything in order, including their school ID. Their school bags and shoes are all by the front door.
Because the boys are responsible students, I allow them to watch television shows at night. They have to be in bed by 9 pm, though. They can only play with their mobile phones during weekends. These rules help them be in bed with less struggle and problem.
There are times, though, that we may sleep badly the night before, causing us to be difficult to wake up the next morning. The key here then is to be flexible.
In our household, we always have a backup plan. If I am unwell or unable to prepare food, we always have a healthy yet easy to prepare breakfast. Sometimes, we need not prepare it; the boys can have it on the go. They can have it with fruits, yogurt, and hot chocolate. Or they can always have it as is.
Quick and nutritious breakfast
For a convenient and delicious morning, my boys sometimes have belVita Breakfast Biscuits. These biscuits are specially designed to help meet the morning energy needs of my boys and keep up with their fast-paced lifestyles.
belVita is the first ever breakfast biscuit from Mondelez Philippines. It has been the goal of the company to address the growing needs for convenient and delicious well-being snacks. And in this fast-paced world we have, we are often left challenged by the lack of time to prepare and eat a balanced breakfast.
This has been supported by the Philippines’ adult energy and nutrient intakes study published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal in 2013. The study says that one out of five adults in the Philippines tend to skip breakfast. The Food and Nutrition Research Institute likewise had a dietary survey last 2013 and it shows that only 31.5% of households in urban areas are able to meet their energy requirements for the day. And in the National Capital Region, one in 10 or 13% of households consume their breakfast outside their homes.
Specially created for breakfast
We love that belVita is specially designed for breakfast. I just need to pair it with a cup of warm milk and a few slices of fruits and my boys already have a balanced breakfast to kick-start their morning with energy. They also have a few packs as they attend school so they can have a bite whenever they feel a little hungry.
Checking the label, belVita is made with whole wheat and oat. It is also fortified with Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, and D, and calcium, iron, and zinc. Plus, we’ve learned that the nutrition quality of its cereal ingredients is preserved because each biscuit is baked using a special gentle baking process.
My boys both love belVita’s Milk and Cereal flavor and Honey and Chocolate. They love them with fruits on top. If you like to try them too, a four-piece box is at P30.50 only while a single 20g pack with two pieces is at P8.25 only. They are available in all supermarkets and groceries nationwide.
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