Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Breakfast Squeeze

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Have you ever had one of those mornings where maybe you wake up late, causing a stream of chaos and craziness to follow you throughout your morning routine?  Maybe you were so caught up in getting ready and getting everybody out the door that you didn’t notice you were still wearing your slippers until you got to the grocery store? 


I can very honestly tell you that this has happened to me on more than one occasion!  It’s no secret that I am not a morning person, so making sure that I get out of bed and am ready for the day in time to see the kids off to the bus and get Colin ready for preschool is sometimes a little more challenging than it should be.  It’s days like this that I am thankful that my older children are early risers and are usually ready for the day with breakfast in their stomachs by the time that we need to leave; oftentimes they also make sure that Colin has been served oatmeal or a bowl of cereal to eat, which is a big help!  The only problem, then, is that I am rushing out the door without having given myself enough time to sit down and enjoy my breakfast.  What do I do on these crazy days?  Considering the fact that I am almost seven-months pregnant, skipping breakfast is absolutely not an option for me, so when the schedule gets really crazy, I do what I can to grab something on my way out the door and enjoy it in the truck!  More often than not, this results in me taking some of my favorite cereal, pouring it into a plastic bag and eating it dry with a bottle of water on the side.  I have learned in a hurry that if this is my breakfast plan for the day, it’s pretty important to choose the larger size cereals such as Corn Pops or Froot Loops to eat, since they are so much easier and less messy than other cereals.  My kids have a tendency to make fun of me when I have my cereal this way, but I have found it to be quite efficient and won’t let a little teasing stop me from enjoying my breakfast!

Another option I take is to grab a couple of Pop Tarts (toasted, yes please!) or a Nutri-Grain Bar and a piece of fruit to eat in the truck.  Instead of teasing me, my kids usually ask why they didn’t get to have these delicious snacks for breakfast that morning, to which I reply the commonly used (and much despised) phrase, “When you’re an adult, you can eat anything you want!”

If I was to break down and be completely honest, though, I would say that my biggest temptation on a rushing-around sort of morning is typically the Rice Krispie Bar or Special K Bar that is quite frequently sitting in a 9” x 13” pan on my counter top.  I think I would even have to go so far as to admit that I choose those over my other options more often than not … I just choose to hide them a little better from the kids so they can’t see what delicious treat I’m devouring that morning, as I know that they would quickly protest and start to find reasons as to why they should be allowed the same breakfast as I have. 

Though the rushing-around sort of mornings are definitely not my favorite, it’s a relief to know that there are quick breakfast options that I can take on the go!  What do you do for breakfast when you’re in a time crunch?
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99 comments:

  1. I grab a protein bar!
    kmassman gmail

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  2. Cereal in a baggie, smoothie, or a made-in-advance, frozen, then nuked on the way out the door breakfast burrito.

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  3. We love NutriGrain bars in our house! They are our quick breakfast in the car on the way to school.

    jillk77 at aol dot com

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  4. I love to grab a Natures Path toaster pasty especially the blueberry ones and a glass of Simply Orange juice. Healthy and on the go!

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  5. Daughter always has a smoothie I make it on Sunday and put in five different cups; that way she can just grab one each morning.
    disintegratingstarr@hotmail.com

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  6. I love eating breakfast bars for a quick breakfast and the kids love them also
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  7. tweet
    http://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/22673655333
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  8. THIS kind of chaos is everyday for us! We have learned to set out cereal, PopTarts, granola bars and fruit on the table for a quick slam before racing out the door. My choice is a rice cake with peanut butter...the 3 kids will have a waffle with peanut butter and fold it on the way out! But usually they DO get 10 minutes for cereal or granola bar and a glass of milk. So funny what you said about the Rice Krispie Bars...I almost always have these made up and have been allowing kids to eat for breakfast for a couple years. Other moms raised their eyebrows at me and I said WHAT? same as having cereal with sugar added & cereal DOES have vitamins! Sometimes I even let them eat the peanut butter scotcheroos & put extra peanutbutter and less sugar & corn syrup with no choco top. Yummy!

    thanks much!

    ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

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    ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

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  10. NurtiGrain bars for us... Except my oldest, she prefers cereal and a cup of juice!

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  11. When time is of the essence cold cereal is the fastest followed by a protein shake.

    scoopster(nospam)at yahoo dot com

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  12. Tweeted the contest at:
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  13. In a hurry, a Nutra Grain bar and juice works for me!
    gmissycat@yahoo.com

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  14. Tweeted giveaway!
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  15. When I'm in a big rush, I grab a granola bar.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  16. Did you know that in Mexico, Frosted Flakes are called "Zucaritos?" I think that's SO cool!

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  17. Granola bars are my on-the-run breakfast choice, though I love a big breakfast if it's possible to get it together! Waffles are my favorite. :)
    rdoran1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Poptart, banana, or granola bar. Sometimes I freeze the leftover pancakes from the weekend. Then I can just pop it in the microwave or toaster and I'm good to go!

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  19. I like cereal for days when we're in a rush.

    kt1969 at comcast dot net

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  20. Tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/Skaketgirl/status/22727938003

    kt1969 at comcast dot net

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  21. I grab a breakfast bar, or fruit or my recent favorite a frozen waffle with peanut butter.

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  22. Cereal is usually the pick for us. We are always so rushed in the morning. Sometimes it is a breakfast bar on the go. Breakfast is such an important meal, it jump starts your day!!
    annie_schuster@hotmail.com

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  23. Granola bars (especially Luna bars) are the fastest option in my household. Besides that, frozen whole grain waffles topped with peanut butter or cinnamon oatmeal after I get to work :)

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  24. my go to breakfast is bananas, pop tarts sounds nice too.
    songyueyu at gmail

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  25. i tweeted http://twitter.com/syytta/status/22756010145

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  26. I grab a Special K bar and a piece of fruit that I can eat easily in the car
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Tweet! http://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/22780124397
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I always have fruit on the counter
    bepoia(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  29. We like cereal with bananas for a quick breakfast
    ljatwood at gmail dot com

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  30. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/ljatwood/status/22801687783
    ljatwood at gmail dot com

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  31. I grab a cereal bar or banana!
    Thanks!

    fineinsanity {at} live {dot} com

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  32. Tweet Tweet!
    http://twitter.com/mom2anutball/status/22825897006

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  33. I make what we call egg o' muffin sandwiches and bag them for the freezer on the weekend. Then my 15 yo who is always running late can grab and heat.

    avennett AT verizon DOT net

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  34. We eat cereal with milk or a piece of toast with jam.

    treflea4 at gmail dot com

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  35. When I’m in a rush, I grab a yogurt that I can eat at my desk in the morning, and I always have a can of cashews or almonds in my drawer.

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  36. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/fairydancer35/status/22832583343

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  37. I grab some yogurt, fruit, and maybe a granola bar.

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  38. Cold cereal or frozen pancakes are our options if we are in a hurry. Usually I am up early and can fix whatever I want, but we like cold cereal and it is a healthy option. We often add fresh fruit.

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  39. http://twitter.com/Grandma3710/status/22873051403

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  40. My go to breakfast is cereal bar, breakfast shake, or fruit smoothie. Thanks!

    leahforlove(at)aol(dot)com

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  41. On the go I often grab a granola bar and banana. Thanks!

    hottmomma_03(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. I will eat a Clif bar when I'm in a hurry.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  43. tweeted: http://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/22913404693
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  44. I love breakfast, I would eat it for every meal if I could! If I have the time, I love to make french toast or crepes, but most mornings I just have cereal and a piece of toast.

    alli38@juno.com

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  45. If I have bananas, those are the easiest to grab. Pop Tarts or granola bars are next. Then maybe prepackaged peanut butter and crackers.

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  46. I grab granola bars when I’m in a hurry.

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  47. http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/22954945720

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  48. My go-to breakfast when we are in a hurry is toast with either peanut butter or butter, cinnamon, and sugar.
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  49. tweet
    https://twitter.com/maybaby522/status/22977111062
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  50. There are some mornings when even cereal takes too much time for us. I feel like the world's worst mommy on those mornings and make my daughter take a cereal bar or donut so I know she at least ate SOMETHING. Heck, even a cookie reduces my mom-guilt. I keep a bowl of bananas in the kitchen and those are good when time is short.

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  51. Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/22982932362

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  52. You are a woman after my own heart...I'm not much of a breakfast eater; however, if we have Rice Krispie Marshmallow Treats or peanut butter cereal (either Special K or Kellogg's Corn Flakes) bars, I would eat them--my meal of choice! My kids usually eat cold cereal on weekday mornings (I make them wait until after school to eat the snack bars).
    aleq13@gmail.com

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  53. Tweet! http://twitter.com/lexiquin/status/22991165665

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  54. When I'm in a hurry, I grab some fruit.
    I love nectarines and cherries.

    mommieseatsoggycereal at gmail dot com

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  55. Frozen Waffles are great in a pinch!

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  56. https://twitter.com/givekaciestuff/status/22999373616

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  57. We will take some fruit or granola bars with us if we are running late.

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  58. http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/23002665665

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  59. Bananas are our go to breakfast food when we are rushed!

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  60. Tweeted http://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/23018565307

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  61. I usually head for toast in the morning. It's fast and easy and you can take it on the run!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  62. Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/status/23026235241

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  63. I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU HOSTING THIS GIVEAWAY AS IT IS WELL NEEDED FOR SOME OF US kytah00@yahoo.com

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  64. TWEET http://twitter.com/kytah00/status/23027759029 kytah00@yahoo.com

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  65. When I am in a hurry for Breakfast I eat a cup of Vanilla Yogurt and or a Banana.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  66. A granola bar or power bar and a banana in the car while I'm dropping off the kids at school and heading to work!

    blondemomblog @yahoo.com

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  67. I really need a breakfast in the morning even if it is just an apple and piece of toast.
    shane_sarna@yahoo.com

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  68. Tweeted this!
    http://twitter.com/tattooshane/status/23053869614
    shane_sarna@yahoo.com

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  69. A pop tart and a banana is my favorite quick breakfast.
    marybug2@yahoo.com

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  70. if we are running late i give my son a granola bar as we head out the door
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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  71. We get up at 6:19 AM and are out the door at 6:33 AM. My daughter can't eat first thing in the morning (couldn't be because we're rushed, could i?) so I pack up 2 homemade muffins and she eats them in her first period class every day

    Email address is in blogger profile

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  72. I tweeted http://twitter.com/bsw529/status/23062821994

    Email address is in blogger profile

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  73. Fresh fruit and yogurt is a fast breakfast for us!

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  74. I tweeted about the giveaway - http://twitter.com/GirlstoGrow/status/23079363115

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  75. We do the cereal in a zippy bag too! Email addy in profile.

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  76. http://twitter.com/kdolphins7/status/23080733571

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  77. I grab a cereal bar and a thermos of milk.

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  78. https://twitter.com/lpauld68/status/23082454336

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  79. I just love a good bowl of Frosted Flakes and a cup of java before going anywhere.
    jozie1420@yahoo.com

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  80. Twitter for you!
    https://twitter.com/Jozie1420/status/23094767684
    jozie1420@yahoo.com

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  81. I love to grab a frozen waffle, toast it and go. Its quick and easy.

    sweetone62406 at hotmail.com

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  82. I tweeted http://twitter.com/LLLSummer/status/23095136074

    sweetone62406 at hotmail.com

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  83. Tweeted the giveaway:

    http://twitter.com/calidreamin87/status/23097618901

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  84. A granola bar, a Pop Tart, or a bowl of Cornflakes is good quick breakfast
    digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

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  85. I love cereal! Count me in!
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

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  86. Let the morning chaos begin...effective tomorrow with the start of school. I have already given the stern lecture about the importance of breakfast!

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  87. our go to in a hurry breakfast is apples & string cheese- thanks for the chance!
    onecrypticmama AT yahoo DOT com

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  88. tweeted- http://twitter.com/crypticmama/status/23158657789
    onecrypticmama AT yahoo DOT com

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  89. Toast and orange juice is always a quick fix around here!

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  90. I grab a granola bar and a banana

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  91. Tweet tweet

    http://twitter.com/jillyrh/status/23178049333

    Thanks!!

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  92. Dry cereal is a life saver.
    whitbrit AT gmail DOT com

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  93. Breakfast isn't my thing.

    Now breakfast food for a snack/dinner/dessert is good!

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  94. Tweet! http://twitter.com/stillmiss/status/23187040716

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  95. I grab a english muffin with peanut butter on it
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  96. Thanks for the giveaway- we eat fruit on the go. scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  97. http://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/23193825267 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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