John Gunther once said, “All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” I’ve always wished that I could take this advice to heart, but I’m not a breakfast person. Despite hearing all my life that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I often find that I’m too busy or distracted to sit and eat first thing in the morning.
Mornings usually consist of a chaotic dance of trying to get my husband out the door without forgetting anything while trying to coerce three kids to get dressed, fed, and ready for the day’s activities. If I’m lucky I might have time for a cup of coffee before attempting to throw myself together into some semblance of order before we head out the door. Mornings are the opposite of leisurely around here.
Even on the weekends when we have a bit more time to enjoy breakfast I’m usually the one cooking but taking a pass on sitting down to eat. I don’t find that I have an appetite when I first wake up so I tend to skip it. This decision usually comes back with a vengeance since I’m starving by lunch and fighting off the afternoon slumps shortly after that.
With the summer filling quickly with activities and camps, I knew I needed to try to change this habit. I want to learn to start my day off a little better to avoid feeling dragged down later in the day and be more energetic for my children. This begins not only with breakfast, but also with a breakfast filled with fiber.
Fiber has a variety of benefits , but for me it’s about the fullness it gives. It enables me to feel full so that I’m not grabbing for just anything by lunch and, in turn, grabbing for the wrong foods. It gives me the boost I need to get through my busy days. And, what can be easier to grab in the morning to get that boost I need than a bowl of cereal?!
I recently received two boxes of Kellogg’s FiberPlus cereal to try in my attempts to make breakfast a staple part of my diet, Kellogg’s FiberPlus Yogurt Berry Crunch and Kellogg’s FiberPlus Cinnamon Oat Crunch
Both cereals are packed with fiber and whole grains. Now, normally this would be a bit of a turn off for me since past experience with fiber and whole grains equated to eating dry cardboard. But, I was pleasantly surprised with how great the cereals tasted!
The FiberPlus Cinnamon Oat Crunch was by far my favorite. It wasn’t overly sweet and it has a great crunch without being dry or grainy! It actually had a similar taste to a warm bowl of oatmeal. A quick bowl of that took less than five minutes of my morning and I felt quite full until lunch! And, a ¾ cup serving of cereal with ½ cup skim milk only has 150 calories plus 9 grams of fiber. Not bad for a non-breakfast gal! Plus, the sweetness was just enough for me that I packed a small bag of it for an afternoon pick-me-up while driving my kids to their scheduled activities.
The FiberPlus Yogurt Berry Crunch was a bit too sweet for my tastes, but my kids absolutely loved it! One of their favorite breakfast choices is yogurt and granola. With this cereal they are getting the yogurt and granola tastes that they love with the added benefits of 10 grams of fiber. That’s 40% of the daily recommendation of fiber! I’m always excited when I can find a breakfast cereal they love that is not covered in high fructose corn syrup and cartoon characters. This cereal totally fits the bill! And, as an added bonus, this cereal has been working wonders to help my oldest daughter stay regular – something she has struggled with for years.
I don’t foresee my days becoming less jam-packed with activities and errands and I may not always have the opportunity to treat breakfast as a time of leisure. But, I do believe that changing my breakfast habits will only work to benefit my energy levels and my ability to keep up with 3 kids.
Now, if only Kellogg’s could help with carpool…
Disclosure: This is a paid post sponsored by Kellogg’s. I received one box of Berry Yogurt
Crunch and one box of Cinnamon Oat Crunch to facilitate the review. The opinions presented are wholly mine