What’s for Breakfast?


A little known fact about me is that I come from a father with a strong cereal addiction gene. Cold cereal was always one of his top choices for a late night snack, and I have picked up on this habit big time! Rob teases me that I can’t go through a day without eating a bowl, and it was especially true when I was pregnant. Maybe my body is craving the calcium, because I’m not much of a milk drinker. Well, the addiction is now being past on to yet another generation. We always have at least four boxes of cereal in the pantry and eat it almost every day for breakfast.

I have a rule for picking out cereal at the store: it has to have 10 grams of sugar or less per serving. That way when the kids bring me the box of Cocoa Puffs I can say, “How much sugar is in it?” And their usual answer goes something like, “oh man, 12!” And that ends the begging. There are exceptions for cereals like Frosted Mini Wheats that also have a higher protein or fiber count.Needless to say they were very excited when the cereals came out with “75% Less Sugar” or “1/3 Less Sugar” in huge letters across the front of the box. Now cereals that were once out of reach are within the rules!


At our house we also have “breakfast dinner” which is where we eat the traditional breakfast foods like: waffles, pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs etc. for dinner because otherwise we would miss out on these great foods. My mom was one of those wonderful moms that got up every morning and made a nice breakfast for us. Even through those early morning seminary years! I will always admire her for that, but have come to accept that in that area my children will have much different memories… “Mom, we’re out of paper bowls and milk! Now what do we eat for breakfast?”


  1. Korby
    May 23, 2007

    My kids would live on cerel if I let them. We go through SO MUCH. My kids RARELY get anything but cerel for breakfast. We also have breakfast for dinner and my kids love it. They love eggs and waffles with straberries and bacon. I think we need to have a breakfast dinner this week.

  2. Korby
    May 23, 2007

    Growing up I always hated that my mom got generic cerel not always but very often. I wanted the fancy boxes with the bells and whistles. I am a sucker and get my kids fun cerel often. I need to pay more attention to sugar content. I also like to eat cerel for a snack because it is a healthier choiceand after exercising I need a little something. I get on cerel kicks and will only eat a certain kind until I cant stand it then move to another.

  3. Auntie Lauralee
    May 23, 2007

    When I saw this post it reminded me of the fun book that I bought recently for Hannah, “The Cherrios Play Book” by Lee Wade. You use Cheerios to fill in the spaces of the story and complete the picture.

    Maybe you all know about this cute book, but just in case here’s the link:

    There are also others called: “The Cheerios Counting Songs Book” & “The Cheerios Play Book Bingo Game” and “The Cheerios Animal Play Book”

    I thought it would be fun to take to Church to amuse the kids, but what do I know?

  4. Holly
    May 23, 2007

    I love to eat cereal in a cup. The milk upsets my stomach a bit, so I prefer to eat it plain. Mmmm…

  5. Heather
    May 23, 2007

    We LOVE cereal here, and we also love “breakfast for supper” too. Growing up my Mom used to buy a lot of generic cereals, and I hated them, but now the non-name-brand are delicious, and I don’t mind buying the Malt-o-Meal version of Corn Pops, or Honey Nut Cheerios in the huge bags instead of the tiny boxes. Seriously, we go through a bag of cereal in about 3 days, my kids love their cereal for breakfast. Mine and Dylans fave is Grape Nuts Trail Mix Crunch, Ciel’s is Frosted Mini Wheats and Rice Chex, Noah’s is Coco Roos, and Haven, Mathes and Gracen love any kind as long as it’s cereal with milk all over it. I loved the trail mix crucnh as a midnight snack when I was preggo, and now I am loving frosted mini wheats dry, they are so good and crunchy. Amy, you are definitely a girl after my own heart, I too am a cereal Mom.

  6. Heather
    May 23, 2007

    And we are eating off of paper plates currently in order to try and cut down on the amount of dishes in the sink, and it has been a great help! So I think I might need to buy some paper bowls too, we need them in the mornings for our cereal! And I have also bought those cereal and milk bars for my kids in case they are running late and need to eat their breakfast on the go. They are OK tasting, but a bit too sweet for my taste, so I think we may switch to the oatmeal breakfast bars from Quaker, we really liked those, they were yummy!