I got a memo once from school about the need to make sure that my children had a healthy and complete breakfast every morning before the start of school. I believe in the value of breakfast, honestly, but I don’t know if my idea of a “healthy and complete” breakfast was the same as the school’s idea. In fact, I was told that my children needed to have more than “just a bowl of cereal.” Honestly, I was a little surprised– breakfast cereals can be a wonderful source of protein, fiber and energy to ensure that you have energy and nutrition to carry a person until lunch. Add your favorite type of milk, and you’ve got more protein and calcium. Of course, you have to pick the right cereal, and read the label. (Sometimes I’m loathe to do this, but I’m trying to make healthy choices this year.) I think that the right cereal choices are a great way for an overall breakfast success.
One of the things that I’ve learned is that planning ahead the night before is one of the best ways to have breakfast success. I try to set out my clothes the night before, and make sure that everything the kids need for school is ready to go. Now, I generally have stopped packing lunches for the Big One, but I try to think ahead about the Monkey’s lunch ideas for the days that he has preschool.
Oh, and let’s be honest, thank goodness for the two-parent family! When I was a single mom, getting me and the Big One out the door on time was a lot of work. Now, with two adults working toward the goal of a successful morning, my odds of getting everyone out the door, bathed, dressed and fed are much better.
One of the best ways of getting everyone moving, is having a solid routine, and finding a great tasting and nutritious cereal, like the new Nature Valley cereals, that makes your morning run seamlessly.
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this week Nature Valley Honey Oat Clusters and Baked Oats Bites by General Mills (be sure to cut your Box Tops!) They taste delicious with a cold cup of milk, and they are a wonderful source protein (12g in the Honey Oat Clusters and 11g in the Baked Oats Bites) and fiber. They are perfect breakfast option for me. And they are tasty enough for the kiddos. What’s even better,
What is your key to breakfast success? Have you tried the new Nature Valley breakfast cereals by General Mills?
Are you interested in trying them? You are able to visit their site here for a $1 off coupon. Plus, you can enter below for chance to get $25 cash towards your purchase on General Mills cereals.
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