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My kids always seem to roll their eyes at me when I tell them that they need to eat their breakfast each morning because it’s the most important meal of the day. They think I’m just saying that to get them to eat their food, but it isn’t some old adage, it really is true!
Many nutritional experts, not just moms and dads, agree that eating a balanced breakfast provides children with the energy and nutrients they need for increased concentration in the classroom and to help prevent mid-morning slump. Studies have also shown that eating breakfast is an important step in maintaining a healthy body weight.
However, like parents most everywhere, I know that during a busy morning it is sooo easy to let breakfast fall low on your list of priorities. But taking as little as 10-15 minutes each morning to have something to eat can really make a difference in your child’s day and even your own!
To show my kids how important it is to eat something in the morning before starting their day, I decided to treat them to the “Ultimate Breakfast Bar,” filled with some of their favorite foods!
I started over in the cereal aisle. Cereal with milk and some fresh fruit is a cinch to put together for breakfast. You can even find cereals that come in single serve cups like Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops, Crave and Frosted Mini-Wheats, so there’s no bowls to clean afterwards.
I also made sure to pick up a box of Rick Krispies, because that’s a cereal staple in our house – my kids love the Snap! Crackle! & Pop! you hear when you pour in the milk!
Next it was time to hit the frozen food aisle. Eggo waffles are another good breakfast option. They offer several different varieties including homestyle, whole grain, blueberry, strawberry, apple, cinnamon, buttermilk and now even gluten free options so there’s bound to be one type that even your pickiest eater would like. All you have to do it pop it in to a toaster or the microwave and in either minutes or seconds you’ll have yourself a hot breakfast!
My kids love the NutriGrain Blueberry ones best so I made sure to pick up a few boxes of those. I also didn’t know if before this shopping trip, but Eggo makes seasonal waffles (who knew?!), special flavors that are only available for a limited time. They had some Confetti flavored ones that I thought would be a big hit with the kids.
To complete my breakfast bar, I added some fresh fruit – apples, oranges, bananas, blueberries and raspberries; a gallon of milk, maple syrup, lite butter and a little jar of creamy peanut butter (yes, my son prefers his waffles with a schmear of PB rather than butter) to my grocery cart.
I did most of the set up for the breakfast bar the night before. I laid out a bright, sunny yellow plastic tablecloth that I was able to throw out once breakfast was over, so cleanup would be a snap! I also put out breakfast dishes, cups, utensils and stacked some my fruit in a little basket — apples, oranges & bananas — and the rest in little ramekins — blueberries & raspberries. In total it took about 15 minutes to set up.
The next morning all I had to do was make the waffles and put out the milk, syrup, butter and peanut butter. I think the longest part of my breakfast prep that morning was waiting for the waffles to pop out of the toaster!
My ultimate breakfast bar was a big hit with the kids. They said liked having a variety of foods to pick from – and as you can see from their plates, they ate a little bit of everything –cereal, waffles, and fruit along with some milk.
As for me? I opted for a bowl of Frosted Flakes with some blueberries and raspberries mixed in because, in the words of Tony the Tiger….“They’re Gr-r-reat!”
To make things a little easier for you in case you want to try this at home with your family, here is my “recipe” for creating the ultimate breakfast bar:
- 2 Boxes Eggo frozen waffles. You can get whatever flavor your family likes best. I got the NutraGrain Blueberry and Confetti flavored varieties.
- 4 Kellogg’s single-serve cereal cups. Again, you can get whatever flavor your family likes best. I picked up Frosted Flakes and Fruit Loops.
- 1 Box Rice Krispies cereal. I picked this up just for a little variety, I’m never quite sure which cereal my kids will want in the morning.
- 1 Gallon Milk. I usually get 2%, just to cut down on all the calories for the kids.
- Fruit. Any type your family likes best. Bananas, oranges, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries work best, but my kids also love apples, so I always make sure to have them on hand.
- Syrup. Any flavor, but I think maple syrup is the best.
- Butter. I’m one of those who likes to put butter and syrup on my waffles.
- Optional: Peanut Butter – like I mentioned earlier, my son doesn’t eat butter and he is not a fan of syrup, but he does like peanut butter and he gets a little schmear on his waffle while it’s warm so it melts and gets gooey.
Make sure to check out Kellogg’s Back to School packaging and great on-pack offers in store at Target and be sure to connect with them via their website.
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s your favorite food to eat for breakfast – is it cereal, waffles, oatmeal or something else (like pizza)?
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