Mornings are super crazy at my house. There’s no way to sugarcoat it and make it sound like I run a well oiled morning time machine. Because the fact is, morning times are complete and utter instanity for me. Want to know what I mean? Well let me give you a little glimpse inside my morning and see if you can relate. The alarm goes off at 5 am. After trying unsuccessfully to convince myself that I can sleep for just 10 more minutes, I stumble out of bed and (if I’m lucky) into the shower. Then I start packing lunches and bookbags which is quickly followed by starting breakfast for the kids. Most days I can carve out 2 minutes to start a cup of coffee because when I don’t, it’s just not pretty. By the time I get done with all these tasks, it’s time to pull the kids (by their toes most days) from their beds and make sure they get dressed, brush their teeth and put on matching socks. Then we have to tame their cow-licked bed heads and find coats before loading up the car with the 20 items that they cannot leave the house without. This mad frenzy ends with me sitting in the driver’s seat of my car huffing and puffing with a tummy that is growling because in the business of taking care of them, I forgot about me!
Now, I’ve known for a while that this was a problem. After all, starting my day off on an empty stomach does very little for my mood or my ability to keep up with the kids. But no matter how early I get up, I just never seem to find time for breakfast for me! So when I saw Tip #14 from Tips for a Great Start with Team Kellogg’s, it really spoke to me!
You see, Tip #14 puts the kids aside for a second and reminds us moms that we do have time for breakfast. We may just have to be creative about it and find ways to make breakfast work on the go. And for me, this opened my eyes to a whole new way of thinking. In the past I have thought that I had to sit down at the table for breakfast in order for it to happen. But this tip made me rethink that completely!
As I mulled this over in my mind, I began to realize that like anything else in our lives, moms just have to think outside the box and come up with solutions that work for us. And while at first that was perplexing to me, I soon realized that breakfast was only as difficult as I made it! And it was time to get simple and put together a Busy Mom’s Guide to Breakfast on the Go!
Step 1: Keep It Simple (Stupid)!
OK, no – I’m totally not calling you stupid. But I am saying that some of our thought processes are. We think if we can’t sit down at the table, breakfast can’t happen. Stupid, right! Breakfast is not defined by where or how you eat it but by the actual act of consuming a balanced mean in the mornings! So stop thinking that it has to be some big elaborate show in order for it to qualify as breakfast! Instead be willing to grab a container full of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and a yogurt smoothie for a delicious breakfast that can go with you anywhere!
Step 2: Prepare in Advance
Remember that whole discussion about mornings being crazy? Eliminate a step out of the process by planning ahead. On Sunday evening, measure out 1/2 cup of Corn Flakes and 1/2 Cup of Blueberries and store them in containers or plastic bags. Heck, staple them together if you have to! That way all you will need to do in the mornings is grab and go! No thought required! You’ll be ready for whatever the day brings with a breakfast to fuel you in two seconds flat!
Step 3: Get Creative
Looking for a breakfast that packs a punch? It’s simple to create your own breakfast bars using Kellogg’s cereals! Not only will you be getting the great taste of Kellogg’s but you’ll have a balanced breakfast that can be eaten with one hand (score!). Now, before you start going “If I don’t have time to eat breakfast how do you expect me to make breakfast bars using Kellogg’s?” let me show you how simple it is!
What You Will Need
3 Cups of Kellogg’s Raisin Bran
1 Cup of Peanut Butter (can substitute Almond Butter)
3/4 of a Cup of Honey
1 Cup of Almonds
How to Make Them
Add your peanut butter and honey to a pan and place it on low heat on the stove. Stir it continuously until it melts and become slightly liquid. Then mix in your Raisin Bran and Almonds. Pour the mixture into a baking pan and bake it for 15 minutes at 350 degrees! Remove your dish from the oven, allow it to cool and then cut it into bars!
Now, how easy was that? And you can make a week’s worth of breakfasts in a snap so that all you have to do is grab and go! You can even get creative with your recipe by adding extra dried fruits or mixing things up with cinnamon! Regardless, you’ll end up with a filling breakfast that is fits in with your busy lifestyle!
Is your mind blown yet? I know that for me discovering how easy Kellogg’s makes it to enjoy breakfast on the go was mind blowing! It has changed my mornings and helped teach me to make myself a priority! And now it’s your turn!
Whether you decide to keep it simple with dry cereal or, hmmm, keep it simple with homemade breakfast bars, you can’t lose when you start your day off with Kellogg’s!
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Then start rethinking the way you look at starting your day!
Kellogg’s® believes that From Great Starts Come Great Things®. So we’re helping Moms start every day with a tip from the top athletes of Team Kellogg’s™ and Team USA dietitians. The thirty days leading up to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will each feature fun pieces of advice to help families fuel just like the athletes of Team Kellogg’s. To see all 30 tips, visit Kelloggs.com/GreatStartsTips
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