According to a recent survey commissioned by General Mills’ Big G cereals based in the US, 70% of parents say the biggest morning challenge is to sit down and have breakfast as a family. However, with the pandemic shaking up the usual morning routines, 73% of parents with school-aged children now report they have been able to spend more time together as a family before starting their work or school day. In fact, the survey indicates eating breakfast as a family has become less challenging (70% before pandemic vs. 48% during pandemic).
During these challenging times it is important to remember what matters most, and even a simple bowl of delicious cereal can make the morning a win.
When looking for an affordable quick and nutritious breakfast option for your family, look no further than the cereal box in your pantry! Here are a few recommendations for how you can prioritise family mealtime as we head into the new school year.
Breakfast counts as a family meal
The benefits of families eating meals together are well documented and can promote sensible eating habits and positive family dynamics, as well as improved nutritional health. But it doesn’t have to be an elaborate dinner to count. With the change of pace families are making the most of quality breakfast time with 53% of parents using breakfast time to discuss what’s going on in the world. Make the commitment to have at least one meal each day with your family at the kitchen table, whether that is a bowl of cereal a few mornings a week or your favourite home-cooked meal for dinner.
Choose a breakfast food that parents and kids love
Is there a breakfast that parents and kids both love? If you ask many busy parents, any meal their children will eat and enjoy is a success. So how do you know if the breakfast you are serving your family is nutritious? Parents can focus on foods that provide whole grains and fiber, along with vitamins and minerals.
“When it comes to breakfast, it’s hard to beat all the nutrition packed into one bowl of cereal for about 50 cents on average, with milk,” says Amy Cohn, RD, senior manager of nutrition and external affairs for General Mills cereal division. “Cereal is an ideal breakfast centerpiece that naturally attracts other nutrient-rich foods, like milk and fruit. A cereal breakfast with milk and a banana delivers really good nutrition, while also being accessible and affordable to families nationwide.”
With so much out of our control, committing to family breakfast can help you re-center and connect with your family to start the day – even if it is a quick meal. Remember, family time has no time requirements. -BPT