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.

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  1. I usually have bagels and baggies of homemade granola on hand. Fresh fruit like apples and bananas help, too. They’re all grab and go. I try to have everything ready the night before, but some days it’s just nice to know I can open a cupboard and it’s right there.

  2. Lisa Foster says:

    My personal quick favorite is yogurt with some walnuts mixed in–healthy too.

  3. Lisa Foster says:
  4. Cereal and bagels!

  5. Poptarts!

  6. susitravl says:

    Pop Tarts, Granola Bars and Cereal.

  7. Instant oatmeal!

  8. Susan Smith says:

    We always keep cereal, yogurt, bagels and granola bars for a quick breakfast.

  9. Susan Smith says:
  10. My kiddos like toaster strudels and bagels.

  11. On rush mornings it is hot or cold cereal.

  12. We always have cereal, and almost always have fruit & yogurt.

  13. Elaine Lund says:

    I have cold cereal, instant oatmeal packets, yogurt, fruit and bread for toast on hand for a quick breakfast.

  14. nanette lynch says:

    Carnation Instant Breakfast!

  15. Lindsey T. says:

    I eat cereal a lot of mornings. But mornings that I don’t even have 5 minutes to eat that, I throw some peanut butter on an english muffin and eat it in the car. My favorite!

  16. I try to make a big batch of pancakes one every few weeks and flash freeze them so they can be heated in the morning.

  17. Instant oatmeal packets are great!

  18. We keep a few boxes of cereal, pop tarts, toaster strudels and frozen waffles in case we are running late. I’m just going to pretend that those things sit in our pantry/freezer without getting used up. The truth is, they are used a little more frequently than the “hey we’re early!” breakfast options!

  19. We always keep granola bars and pop tarts on hand for hurried mornings… know, ’cause they’re all healthy and stuff.

  20. On rushed mornings I eat a cup of yogurt or dry cereal in a baggie on the run.

  21. Natalie Reebel says:

    Wow, I would like to be really original but the best I can do is pop-tarts. We always have them here for a quick go-to on those rushed mornings. How else can I justify chocolate for breakfast except for a “Chocolate Fudge Breakfast Tart”? Best way to start a rushed day.

  22. cereal, bread for toast, toaster pastries.

  23. Poptarts or cereal

  24. Clif bars. They kind of look like piles of poop, but they’re supposedly good. They’re kind of chewy so by the time you finish the hunk of fiber and protein you feel like you’ve eaten something worthwhile. I can only vouch for the chocolate brownie flavor, but that and a Diet Coke get my engine going. When I’m really organized I make little egg and sausage cups in muffin tins and then just zap them on weekday mornings for a quick, hot breakfast. YUM!

  25. We serve cereal, granola bars, and go-gurt in a rush.

  26. Christine says:

    I always have foods like cereal, yogurt and bagels around for quick and easy breakfasts.

  27. Bananas. My child cannot live without them, so I make sure we never run out.

  28. I like to keep apples, blueberry nutri grain bars, bananas and frosted flakes on hand. Makes things quick and easy. Oh yeah and orange juice. :)

  29. Grammy T. says:

    Bagels, dry cereal and bananas are always easy.

  30. Frosted mini wheats for when there’s time to sit and eat. For other days, it’s banana + yogurt + plastic spoon + coffee to go. And maybe a luna bar.

  31. Instant oatmeal is our friend on a cold day. But sadly, only for two of us. The others would rather eat cold cereal every day.

  32. frozen fruit for smoothies, yogurt and POPTARTS!

  33. Vicki Hogan says:

    Frozen waffles, cereals, pre-packaged oatmean, fruit, granola bars.

  34. christie williams says:

    Believe it or not, my son prefers his frozen waffles in their natural state (frozen). It doesn’t get any quicker than that.

  35. Becky Horn says:

    Our mornings are pretty easy, we set the alarm to allow plenty of time to get dressed and eat. Generally it is something like cereal, poptarts, toast etc. Simple and Quick

  36. Becky Horn says:
  37. Greek Yogurt, honey, & fresh fruit. Quick and healthy.

  38. barbara wright says:

    There IS no “just in case”. We’re always pushed for time! We have bagels every morning for breakfast because they’re fast and don’t leave crumbs.

  39. Shawna OBrien says:

    We avoid the “morning rush” by fixing lunches, packing back packs and laying out clothes the night before. We also have lots of cereal, yogurts, and fruit for a fast and easy breakfast.

  40. Granola bars – love the Clif bars!

  41. High fiber cereal and fruit are healthy AND easy making the morning run by more smoothly :)

  42. ANGEL JACKLYN says:


  43. Frozen waffles and toaster streudels.

  44. yogurt sticks and granola bars are great for mornings when i know we have to go go
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  45. CARRIEWHITE says:

    Muffins are great! We have a great recipe for Mormon Muffins which uses All-Bran cereal and buttermilk and will stay fresh in the fridge for a couple of weeks. So, you can actually keep it and bake the morning you want to serve! You should be able to search for Mormon muffins and find them. WHITECARRIE69@YAHOO.COM

  46. It’s always cereal for my son, and cereal and yogurt for me.

    Seriously…every day!

  47. My kids love frozen pancakes, especially the “mini” pancakes. Pop a few of them in the microwave for about a minute and breakfast is served! They also love the Hot Pockets breakfast sandwiches. Sausage, Egg, and Cheese is a favorite.

  48. Cereal, of course!

  49. We have fresh fruit, cereal (dry), and cereal bars or granola bars on hand for a rushed morning.

  50. cereal and bagels – quick and easy

  51. Marcia Goss says:

    We usually have cold cereal, frozen waffles, or yogurt for a quick breakfast.

  52. Marcia Goss says:
  53. Debbie Bellows says:

    we ususally eat something quick and easy like
    cereal, instant oatmeal or cinnamon toast

  54. Debbie Bellows says:
  55. Cereal the kids can make it themselves