Kellogg’s Love Your Cereal – Post 9

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I try to be organized. I really do.

But sometimes life conspires against me. And sometimes I don’t do so well with the whole “being organized” thing. And sometimes – especially in the mornings – I tend to run around our house like a chicken with its head cut off while I put our seven year-old’s snack in my purse and my wallet in his bookbag and the shoes, OH MY WORD THE SHOES, I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THE SHOES ARE.

Needless to say, our home is a calm oasis of tranquility on weekday mornings between 6:00 and 6:55.

Just this morning, for example, I had the best intentions. I’d made my way through about a third of my early-morning routine by 6:15, and when I woke up my sleeping child, I felt pretty good about the direction of the morning. I didn’t feel hurried. I didn’t feel crazed. THERE WERE EVEN CLEAN CLOTHES.

But while I was fixing my hair and putting on make-up, the seven year-old decided to set a record for the world’s longest steaming hot shower. I didn’t realize this, of course, until I walked out of my bathroom and realized that he was still singing and showering up a storm in his. Long story endless, he sat down to breakfast 10 minutes later than usual, and any hope of a hot breakfast was shot.

Thankfully I always keep a few things in the pantry that will work for breakfast when we’re in a hurry. Cereal. Toaster pastries. Granola bars. Peanut butter. Granted, I really prefer to serve a hot breakfast on a school morning, but I also recognize that when we’re in a hurry, those go-to items? ARE MY FRIEND.

They ensure that my little man actually eats breakfast (as opposed to sitting at the table and listening to me wonder aloud if we have time to run through a drive-thru), and because they’re not everyday items in our morning routine, he always smiles when he gets a “special treat” for breakfast. A bowl of cereal with a scoop of peanut butter on the side is one of his favorites, and on mornings like today, I’m more grateful than I can tell you for a simple breakfast option.

So what about you? What kinds of foods do you keep on hand just in case you’re pressed for time in the mornings? Leave a comment with your answer, and you’ll be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card (and come back next week to enter again – because these giveaways will continue for the next 3 weeks).

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  1. I try to keep fresh fruit, pop tarts and/or breakfast bars around for extremely rushed mornings.
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  2. we always have cereal in the pantry! and often there are english muffins of some type on the counter for a quick breakfast.

  3. Cereal and granola bars. Also instant grits, since they only take a minute to heat up.

  4. breakfast burritos. we make up a batch or two, freeze and then we can pull them out and microwave. it’s fast and GOOD :D

  5. Danielle says:

    I always have poptarts and cereal bars in the house.

  6. poptarts and cereal, and frozen waffles

  7. J. Johnson says:

    I try to have bagels, biscuits, poptarts, bananas, and cereal in my house at all times.

  8. Cold cereal, frozen waffles….Hot cereal at our house is a treat:)

  9. Our quick breakfast is cereal, and The Kids are now old enough that they can serve themselves. This is very handy, and one of the development milestones that is not talked about enough in all those books I read when they were infants!

  10. I grabbed a bag of trail mix yesterday for breakfast, which must mean I should pick up some better options at the grocery store this weekend. Note to self.

  11. I am a fan of “anything goes” for breakfast. Seriously, I love left over mac-n-cheese for breakfast, or left over pizza and I often times make a grilled cheese sandwich for breakfast as well. I have seriously passed these traits down to my children, so it’s totally not unusual for someone to ask for some leftover Jambalaya or rice and gravy for breakfast around here. To make things even more interesting- we often times have typical breakfast foods for Supper and cereal is a most favorite bed time snack. We live life a little on the edge- but there is certainly no one living in “food bondage” over here!

  12. The mornings at my house are rather quiet now. But when I had children at home and going to school, it was a different story. Pop Tarts was the quickest way to go. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. Frozen waffles always!! Thankfully though, my kids prefer them without syrup so that’s something they can eat in the car on the way to school if we are running late.

  14. Brenda Branch says:

    microwave sausage and biscuit

  15. I try to have granola bars and instant oatmeal on hand for rushed mornings.

  16. cheerios!

  17. Jennifer says:

    Approximately 43 kinds of cereal, cereal bars, mini bagels (already cinnamon flavored so we don’t have to mess with toppings).

  18. Mama Chris says:

    Poptarts and cereal are our go-tos for quick breakfasts. Many times the cereal box goes in the car with us to school…with teens we just “happen” to run late sometimes…ok, often.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  19. Stephanie says:

    poptarts, muffins, and frozen waffles.

  20. Frozen Waffles!

  21. Lacey C. says:

    Carnation instant breakfast – day saver!!!

  22. We always have SOMETHING I can grab, whether it’s bread to make toast at work or granola bars or even a container of cereal and a little mason jar of milk.

  23. The little six-packs of PB and crackers.

  24. eunice b says:

    Making a batch of baked oatmeal and then having it on hand to warm up for breakfasts throughout the week. Super easy!

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  26. Melissa L says:

    Nutrigrain bars!

  27. Carrie C. says:

    Cereal is a MUST for our mornings, there’s no way I would be able to get the kids to school, daycare and me to work without it!

  28. Definitely pop tarts and cereal/granola bars!! With a baby due the end of this month, I see us running late in the near future!!

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  29. Cereal and instant oatmeal are time savers for sure.

  30. Kashi Bars are my go to snack to throw in my purse when we have an early morning.

  31. I prefer to have a banana or a protein shake ready for those difficult mornings that seem to come at the worse times.

  32. We have cereal, oatmeal, fruit, breakfast bars, and juice for easy quick breakfasts!

  33. TK in Texas says:

    Nesquik or Carnation Instant Breakfast are usually in the pantry. Always have bread to make cinnamon toast, granola bars, pop tarts and yet, still always say “don’t have anything for breakfast” and talk myself into stopping at Le Madeleine or Panera!

  34. I keep cereal and granola bars. My daughter likes to eat Nutella on toast but my boys are die-hard cereal lovers!

  35. I always try to have poptarts on hand.

  36. Nutri-Grain bars and cereal; portable and easy.

  37. We usually have Pop Tarts, granola bars, cereal, frozen waffles, and bread (for toast). And this is usually what my girls eat for breakfast because we’d all rather sleep a little later than eat food that takes longer to prepare.

  38. Cereal &/or cereal bars

  39. I make things ahead like muffins, blueberry pancakes and then they can be microwaved..also keep fav cereals on hand and a variety of fresh fruits

  40. Charlotte says:

    Frozen waffles/pancakes, cold cereal, bagels.

  41. I always have pop tarts on standby.

  42. No brainer…pop tarts for the wee one (crusts cut off, no sprinkles or anything!) and Kashi bars for the big-uns.

  43. Eggo Waffles…always! :)

  44. cereal, granola bars and fruit.

  45. I keep muffin mixes around for a quick breakfast- though I prefer to make them from scratch the night before.

  46. i keep kellogs ceral on hand, waffles and fruit.
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  47. I either add milk to the cereal or toast some bread and spread some peanut butter on it. Sometimes I will have bagels in the house and cream cheese for the busy mornings.

  48. Heather G says:

    Banana’s and cereal or granola bars! On the go, there is nothing better…

  49. I don’t have the excuse of hurrying to get out the door bc we homeschool. I do, however, have 4 teens who can make their own b’fast. I try to always have lots of choices and that includes some kind of b’fast bars, cereal (they only like the good stuff and think the store brands taste like cardboard), eggs, grits, and oatmeal. Starting the day out with breakfast = happier, healthier teens!!!

  50. My kids are pretty self sufficient for breakfast. They love yogurt cups, so that is a no brainer. What I do do that makes life easier for them is pre-cut the English muffins and bagels. My older son is old enough to toast them himself, but I don’t quite trust his knife skills yet, so if they are already cut, it’s one less thing we have to worry about.

  51. Cereal and toast are normal, bananas. If we have more time I make scrambled eggs, which really don’t take that much time anyway!

  52. Oh we always have cold cereal on hand. And if for some reason we’re out, then there’s bread and jam to eat in the car.

  53. laura B. says:

    Grab and go breakfast for my teen consists of cereal portioned in baggies, biscuits or a portion of dried fruit and nuts. At least I know she has some good nutrition when she leaves the house in the am.

  54. we keep it simple with cereal and milk

  55. If we are short on time for breakfast it is rough because a 2 and a 4 year old can’t eat ANYTHING fast.
    Worst case scenario they drink a glass of orange juice and I give them a Clif Z-Bar in the car. And they think it’s a huge treat to eat in the car.

  56. Denise Y says:

    I keep instant oatmeal on hand……

  57. Frozen waffles, pancakes, pop tarts and cereal bars
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  59. Pop-Tarts, cereal, granola bars. My children have discovered Nutella and love to eat it on granola bars . . . and bananas . . . and toast . . . and, well, you get the idea!

  60. Yogurt is my go to easy morning breakfast!

  61. Toaster strudels are my to go to food when i am short on time
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  62. I always have protein shake powder.

  63. CanadianCarrie says:

    I usually make a couple of batches of waffles (homemade) on the weekend to reheat in the toaster before school. When I’m not that organised, there is always instant oatmeal and Cheerios in the pantry. Add a few spoonfuls of yogurt and call it breakfast!!

  64. Granola bars and raisins.

  65. On the go, we grab a granola and a banana. Got to have bananas always in the house.

  66. I always have granola bars and fruit on hand.

  67. Pop-tarts…Brown sugar cinnamon and strawberry frosted

  68. frozen waffles

  69. YOGURT! oh, and bread for toast. :)

  70. Breakfast on the run includes breakfast bars and a yogurt drink. Every once in a while we trade out breakfast bars for a pop-tart! Brown sugar cinnamon is the favorite around here!

  71. Rebecca Hamilton says:

    Granola bars and instant oatmeal.

  72. Mary Despain says:

    Pretty much cereal and the occasional piece of toast.

  73. Mary Helen says:

    Cereal or toasted waffles with peanut butter. We also love Luna bars or Kashi TLC bars. They are a lifesaver to eat in the car!

  74. cereal / granola bars. fruit

  75. Catharine says:

    Those Kellogg Fiber Plus Antioxidants granola bars. They taste really good but watch out because they aren’t kidding about having fiber.

  76. We have poptarts on hand..very quick


  77. We keep granola and cereal bars on hand in case of chaos, and worst case scenario, cake or brownies (for me only, of course!) :)

  78. We keep cold cereal, instant hot cereal, bread for toast on hand. We have also been known to throw leftovers or a frozen dinner in the microwave for breakfast.

  79. We like to keep a box of cereal bars on hand just in case we need a quick, mobile breakfast!

  80. BAGELS! Love ’em. Also, yogurt. Especially the Fage to-go cups with the cherries on the side…yum!

  81. I keep lots of cold cereal on hand, and also bananas and granola bars for a quick breakfast
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  83. My kids would be thrilled with a cheese stick or slice of cheese and some crackers or toast.

  84. Try to keep cereal and poptarts.

  85. Amanda W says:

    I always keep cereal and fruit on hand.

  86. We eat something quick–like cereal and milk! thanks for a chance to win!
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  87. Tracy Robertson says:

    I keep bananas, granola clusters and usually have a supply of baked breakfast goods around, like danish or muffins.

  88. We keep bagels and granola bars on hand for the mornings when we get rushed! Thanks

  89. LAMusing says:

    I always have cold cereal or instant oatmeal around. And fresh fruit that can be eaten in the car.

  90. LAMusing says:
  91. My daughter is grown and I’m trying to GAIN weight – so I usually keep coffee cake or sweet rolls around for when I’m in a hurry.

  92. We always have cereal and usually pop-tarts. One of my daughters loves PB & J for breakfast, so that’s another quick option.

  93. Frozen waffles, and frozen fruit for smoothies. And yogurt and homemade granola.

  94. Stephanie says:

    Homemade granola or trailmix is great for a quick breakfast. But since I don’t make those, I always have nuts and dried fruit like raisins or craisins for quick breakfasts.

  95. I keep bananas peanut butter and bread on the kitchen counter

  96. We have cereal and english muffins, but sometimes there’s just NO time! On those days I rely on cereal bars–especially luna bars for me! :)

  97. I keep Eggo frozen waffles on hand. They heat up fast, and with a tbsp of almond butter or peanut butter, they hold you until lunchtime. Plus, you can eat them in the car.