Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Kellogg's, Week Four: The Breakfast Squeeze, and a $100 Visa Gift Card

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This week's topic is The Breakfast Squeeze: what do you feed the kids if you are in a huge hurry?

We DON'T skip breakfast. Our school system fairly BEGS parents to give children breakfast, especially on testing days, because it so dramatically improves their attention levels. I'd let the kids skip a shower before I'd let them skip breakfast.

Granola bars work well: quick, already wrapped, easy to eat in the car or at the bus stop. A banana works well: quick, already "wrapped," easy to eat in the car or at the bus stop. But I'm more likely to follow this formula:


Step One: Put cereal in baggies.
Step Two: Eat cereal out of baggies.
Step Three: Feel happy at how well this formula merges with cereal-related gig.

We do this on rushed school mornings but also when the bigger kids sleep in on weekends: when they finally get up, none of us want to wait around while they eat breakfast. Cereal in baggies, and we can get going. And it's common for me to get everyone else ready and then realize I haven't eaten my own breakfast yet, so I eat cereal out of a baggie while I'm driving.

If I found myself ROUTINELY in a hurry, I might pre-baggie cereal and load the baggies into an empty cereal box: even faster, even easier. This would also be a good way to use up uneaten dry cereal on unhurried mornings: combine all the remnants into a baggie and toss it into the box.



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139 comments:

St said...

Granola bars! But I also do the cereal in baggies sometimes.

Sally said...

Granola Bars and fruit strips and bowls of cut up fruit to bring in the car.

Susan said...

Granola bars too! Or cereal in a cup, dribbled with milk. The girls (oddly) don't like dry cereal. Weirdos.

Jess said...

Cereal used to be my go-to hurried breakfast of choice, with the occasional granola bar mixed in, but since my lap-band I'm supposed to focus on protein intake and also carbs don't go down so well, so I had to rethink some things. I don't have a commute so I don't have to worry too much about the mess, so I often have yogurt (Greek yogurt is a particular favorite since it has so much protein), and then I also keep individually wrapped cheese (both string cheese and Babybel) on hand for days when I do have to go somewhere or I'm on a call or something and don't want to deal with the slowness and possible messiness of yogurt.

Oh and also I like bananas with peanut butter on them in the morning. Fruit PLUS protein. AND yummy.

Shari said...

I generally eat toast or something similar in the car when I run out of time...but my husband eats PB&J for breakfast every day. I don't know what I would feed the kid if we were running that late! He's a cereal kid, but in a pinch would probably eat PB&J just like Daddy.

Anne said...

I do the cereal in a bag thing A LOT. So much so, in fact, that I've grown to prefer cereal dry vs. with milk. I'm odd like that.

Rachel said...

Granola bars are definitely my main option on a rushed morning.
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divrchk said...

Unfortunately my son likes a hot breakfast. My daughter would be happy with cereal in a baggy. She's not to fond of eating the second she wakes up and the bus comes at 7:10!

Leanne said...

If we're in a hurry, I'll just grab a banana and a yogurt (which gets eaten at my desk at work).

Kelly Massman said...

I grab a protein bar!
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Julie said...

Granola bars, apples, or bananas!

Jessica said...

Granola bars or bananas!

Mami2jcn said...

When I'm in a big hurry, I grab a granola bar.

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Snoopyfan said...

We do cereal in baggies just like you Swistle!

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Shelly Overlook said...

Nutrigrain bars (she won't eat granola bars) or I make a toaster waffle and she eats it just with butter.

Mimi said...

Clif bars, or portable fruit like bananas! We also like those applesauces that are in squeezable pouches.

may said...

Bananas or toast or applesauce or yogurt or cottage cheese or yeah, dry cereal. Sometimes we eat toast in the car. We sound boring.

Fran said...

A tube of Simply Gogurt is our go-to-in-a-hurry-breakfast

Mama Bub said...

My kid loves a "waffle in his hand" when we're in a hurry and thinks it's nothing short of awesome. Toasted waffle, allowed to cool, placed into the hand of the toddler. That and a banana and we're good to go.

Julie said...

You've covered every one of my go-to quick breakfasts, especially the baggie cereal. I have the best intentions to pre-make breakfast burritos to freeze & nuke for just such an occurrence, but have I done so? Nope.

Gina said...

For me, on the go breakfast is a Special K cereal bar (strawberry). I LOVE them.

Nancye said...

When we are in a hurry for breakfast we will sometimes grab a piece of fruit, dry cereal in a baggie, a granola bar, or a Pop Tart.

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Liz said...

When we are in a hurry I love to grab a Natures Path toaster pasty especially the blueberry ones and a glass of Simply Orange juice. Healthy and on the go

Erica said...

We totally do the cereal in baggies thing on preschool days. Maddie's a dawdler and never has time for breakfast before school. She also likes Nutrigrain bars.

Mommy Daisy said...

A cereal bar or granola bar works for me in a hurry, but I often do cereal in a bag for my son on a busy morning.

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Elizabeth said...

We do that a lot too, and I am also ashamed to admit that we do sausage in a bag quite a bit.

AStarrA said...

Daughter always has a smoothie with fruit, veggies, soy protein and p.b. that I make on Sunday and put in five different cups; that way she can just grab one each morning.
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Tabathia said...

I love grabbing a pop tart or a breakfast cereal bar
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Sara said...

String cheese, freeze dried strawberries, bananas and/or blueberries in a snack trap with mum mums (Cheerios), or a toasted frozen waffle is our quick breakfast!

leashah said...

Sometimes on rushed mornings, I'll give the kids poptarts. *sigh*

I would rather it be granola bars, so I try to keep those on hand, but we end up eating them as snacks too often.

Eileen said...

Myself? I eat a rice cake topped with peanut butter and banana almost every day...I am gluten intolerant. BUT the chaos comes with three kids who have adopted our procrastination habit. So, the alarms all go off at different times, my husband doesnt eat, or he is grabbing donuts at the gas station and racing the clock to dodge traffic. My son who is 13 goes right to the table, with my 10 year old daughter sauntering in later. They will sit and eat cereal or a bagel, Poptarts, sometimes waffles and ALWAYS I make them have a glass of milk for protein. My teen daughter hates breakfast and I DO make her take a baggy of dry cereal to eat during her "social" time b4 school. ( I found LOTS of these in her backpack last year...grrrr).

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JJ said...

I hate to say it but when we are rushed we usually grab muffins at the gas station. Thankfully this only happens on sat. During the week it is toast and Special K with Berries.

Linh C. said...

My daughters love the frosted mini wheats too!

Jana said...

We do granola bars or Nutrigrain bars if we're in a hurry. I honestly never thought about a baggie of dry cereal for breakfast, though. Thanks for the idea!

jennifernm said...

Poptart, banana, or granola bar. Sometimes I freeze the leftover pancakes from the weekend. Then I can just pop it in the microwave or toaster and I'm good to go!

Katie said...

Cereal is good for hurrying...no cooking time!

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Patty said...

I'll grab a breakfast bar, fruit, leftovers in the fridge or a frozen waffle.

Patty said...

I'll grab a breakfast bar, fruit, leftovers in the fridge or a frozen waffle.

Tracy said...

Granola bars for sure...cheese sticks or Larabars (fruit and nut bars) but need to be eaten before getting to school and washing hands (b/c of peanut allergies there).

SallyG said...

We are JUST getting started with the crazy mornings (One kid at Preschool and another in Kindergarten) so I'm a novice. Looking forward to your readers' suggestions. We do a lot of cereal bars.

gmissycat said...

In a hurry, a banana and a piece of toast works well!
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sy said...

my hurried breakfast is bananas.
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Racingjourno said...

A healthy protein shake takes no time at all. Easy-peasy

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bepoia said...

I zap a breakfast sandwich
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Lori A. said...

Toasted frozen waffles with peanut butter! A little carbs and some protein. :)
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Mom2anutball said...

We go with bananas or a cereal bar!
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Amy said...

I make what we call egg o' muffin sandwiches and bag them for the freezer on the weekend. Then my 15 yo who is always running late can grab and heat.

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Deb said...

When I’m in a rush, I grab a yogurt that I can eat at my desk in the morning, and I always have a can of cashews or almonds in my drawer.

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Amy said...

I grab a granola bar and some fruit or yogurt

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Emily said...

Frozen waffles. We all eat them without syrup, so they're nice and portable.

Betty N said...

We all like cold cereals so that is our quick go to breakfast

Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach said...

My go to breakfast is cereal bar, breakfast shake, or fruit smoothie. Thanks!

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mom2boys said...

On the go I grab a granola bar and banana. Thanks!

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Kerry said...

I will grab a Clif bar for the road if I'm in a hurry.
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Ali said...

I love breakfast, I would eat it for every meal if I could! If I have the time, I love to make french toast or crepes, but most mornings I just have cereal and a piece of toast.

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Carol said...

If I have bananas, those are the easiest to grab. Pop Tarts or granola bars are next. Then maybe prepackaged peanut butter and crackers.

Emily N. said...

energy bars or glass of juice and a banana

LAMusing said...

I grab a couple of crackers and a piece of fruit I can easily eat in the car
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Norma said...

I stop for a donut, but I'm trying to GAIN weight
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JC said...

I grab granola bars when I’m in a hurry.

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Nicole said...

My go-to breakfast when we are in a hurry is toast with either peanut butter or butter, cinnamon, and sugar.
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Shel said...

I've never tried cereal in a baggie but I've been known to stuff oatmeal cookies into my daughter's hand as she's flying out the door. Cold Pop Tarts, granola bars, mini donuts and squeeze yogurt have been some of our go-to's

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Portia said...

I almost never eat breakfast. It somehow makes me hungrier. BUT, if there's leftover pizza? Oh yes. Favorite breakfast.

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Emily said...

When I'm in a hurry, I grab crackers (usually Triscuits) and cheese.

Brianna said...

I bring 1 1/2 cups of banana nut cheerios to work everyday and eat them dry one at a time. It seems to keep me from overeating and gives me something to do with my hands

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I do cereal in a bag and milk in a sippy cup or granola bars.

Kacie said...

Frozen Waffles are great in a pinch!

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susan1215 said...

If we are in a hurry we grab a granola bar or fruit

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Natalie said...

If I need to eat on the run, I grab a Nutri-Grain bar. They're not messy and delicious (I love the superfruit fusion--cherry pomegranate, full of antioxidants, it's also good for me)
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Nikki said...

Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts and Diet Coke Cherry. Not creative, but easy. Also leads to sugar high then crash. Good times. :)

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wholesomewomanhood said...

Bagels and cream cheese...

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beyond said...

when i'm in a hurry, i grab a granola bar. or i buy a bagel on the street...

Nicole said...

Bananas and yogurt are our go to breakfast food when we are rushed!

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Tien said...

Yogurt, a cereal bar, fruit, or dry cereal in a container works when I am in a hurry. The dry cereal also doubles as a snack at work later in the afternoon.

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Shelly said...

Fresh fruit if we have it, otherwise granola bars or a dry cereal in the to-go containers.

coriwestphal said...

Toast is a good one that I usually run to. It's fast and easy and you can take it on the run!

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Angel Jacklyn said...

It seems like I'm always late to "get on the saddle" and no matter what I do, I still end up late. I usually don't even eat breakfast! kytah00@yahoo.com

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janetfaye said...

When I am in a hurry for Breakfast I eat a cup of Vanilla Yogurt and or a Banana.

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BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

A granola bar or power bar and a banana in the car while I'm dropping off the kids at school and heading to work!

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shane_sarna said...

I will drive through McDonalds and grab a Sausage biscuit and juice when feeling rushed.
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jakiesmom said...

if we are running late i give my son a granola bar as we head out the door
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Barbarawr said...

I pack up 2 homemade muffins and my daughter eats them in her first period class - whether we're late or not

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PauleyD said...

I grab a cereal bar and a thermos of milk.

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Dolphin Girl said...

We do the cereal in a bag or toast.

marybug2 said...

cereal and fresh strawberrys are my favoite.
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JOZIE1421 said...

Love toasted PJ sandwich in the car!
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Deanna G. said...

If I'm in a hurry I just grab a granola bar.

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Joanne said...

I am totally going to steal the cereal in a baggie idea. We give the kids waffles if they are in a hurry, my son almost always takes one with him. They never eat syrup or butter on anything, so they can always just take a pancake or waffle. It's super convenient, which is the ONLY thing about my kids that is!

melanie said...

i still eat my peanut butter and chocolate chip smeared bagel in the car. i just hope no one notices the peanut butter and chocolate stuck to my teeth and dripping down my chin...

Tracey said...

Fresh fruit and yogurt is a quick breakfast when we're in a hurry!

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Superjules said...

I usually eat cereal before I leave but sometimes I'll just grab a yogurt to go!

kris said...

the little bags of muffins if it is a hurry up and eat day...

Carolsue said...

A strawberry Pop Tart or a Blueberry Eggo is my quick breakfast favorite!
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Becki D said...

We are all about some Poptarts around here!

Lori said...

Your breakfast on the go is the same as mine, except I've never had the strawberry version.
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Nicole said...

I will grab a banana or a piece of cheese- or cereal in a baggie!


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won said...

We are not skippers either. No way....I have a teenage son!

A bowl of cereal and a bottle of water, at least. It's a must!

One Cryptic Mama said...

my breakfast on the go is an apple & string cheese with milk for the kids & coffee for me!
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Michelle Pixie said...

Toast and orange juice is always a quick fix around here!

jillyrh said...

We have granola bars and a banana

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Terri said...

Dry cereal or toast and fruit are my favorites.
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Julie said...

I eat a english muffin with peanut butter on it
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bleatham said...

Cereal bars or granola bars and a gogurt are our breakfast choices on those rushing mornings!
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Hannah said...

my hurried breakfast is a banana eaten in the car!

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Dawn said...

Loose granola, a handful of crushed nuts (almonds and pecans) and raisins in a baggie with a side of banana. If I can find a decent drinkable yogurt it rounds the whole thing off.

Kevin, Brittany, Cailey, and Reece said...

Granola bars.... well fruit bars really, Nutragrain apple cinnamon are our favorite. If I give my little ones the granola bars with the chocolate chips, I end up with granola everywhere and they only eat the chocolate chips!