Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Breakfast Squeeze

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Do I have go-to breakfasts for those busy school mornings when all 4 of my kids are off in different directions before I have a chance to put my apron on? You bet I do! I don't really like to make breakfast for my kids. They can make their own breakfast. I heard recently that Lance Armstrong's mom told reporters the one thing she did to make him so outstanding was make him a hot breakfast every day. So I'm trying to avoid that because I don't want my kids to get cancer. They can easily get themselves cereal and toast. Ben likes to make his own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when he's in the mood and that is what I make for everyone when we are in a big hurry and are out of everything. I don't mind making the sandwiches for them in that case because I want them to think I'm really nice and great and overlook the fact that I haven't gone to the grocery store and we are out of everything.

Lately my kids are really into bagels and cream cheese or Nutella and bananas. They also like to have granola bars or Nutri-grain bars. My kids go through a box of those in like 5 minutes. The one thing I do like to cook in the morning is oatmeal. I love homemade oatmeal. But my kids don't love it and usually waste it if I make it for them. If I were going to make a hot breakfast, I think I would make eggs. That's my favorite. It would be so great to have tasty eggs for breakfast every day. I wonder what that would be like.

My son requested a bunch of frozen fruit to make smoothies for breakfast. He's really into using the blender right now. I guess it's normal. I keep forgetting because I don't like smoothies in the morning--Brrrr! Too cold. Plus, I'm sick of blueberries. And they seem to be in every combo bag of frozen fruit. I know they are really healthy for you but why eat fruit you don't like? Life's too short. And if you don't eat blueberries--it's even shorter.

In fact, life's too short to make your school-age children breakfast! That's why I spend my mornings in the bed my husband makes for me in our tub so I can talk to him while he gets ready for work. Romantic.
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90 comments:

  1. That's the most romantic, selfless act of love ever. "Bathtub bed for conversation" is the new dozen roses.

    What's up with middle-schoolers and the blender? Someone should study that.

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  2. She isn't lying. Just last week or the week before or whenever she made her kids peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for breakfast.

    @Lisa - google "What's up with middle-schoolers and the blender?" It's the same as studying.

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  3. I don't think my kids have ever had anything other than cereal for breakfast. Oh wait. There was that oatmeal one time, and the doughnut...

    If my kids ever get a warm breakfast it'll be because we are at grandma's house. I'm not a morning person, obviously.

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  4. I feel sort of pathetic that I keep trying, but I keep trying...only because I think we really are friends. Plus, raisin bran crunch is my love language.

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  5. Bathtub bed? It reminds me of the song "Norwegian Wood" well kind of. You know, in the sense that it talks about a tub and sleeping.

    What? It totally works.

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  6. comment.

    p.s. i read you long before you had $100 VISA gift cards to give away (THIS post, right?) and i also read most of the good oprah books before she told everyone else to read them.

    cw

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  7. Mmmm...smoothies. I'm always afraid of doing too much for my kids bc then they will start to think they are entitled to have homemade cinnamon rolls instead of nasty cold cereal, like everyone else in their world. I just want them to fit in- I'm a helpful mother like that.

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  8. I grab a protein bar!
    kmassman gmail

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  9. We have cereal for dinner too. And I read your blog because I like you and I dream that maybe you like me.

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  10. I read all your archives. And I'm still snickering. And I'd like a Snickers for breakfast, please.

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  11. My kids love smoothies, but I HATE making them because they are so messy to clean up after, no? All the peeling and chopping and blending and washing and drying? So, I especially don't do that in the morning, when I am cranky as it is. Microwave/toaster breakfasts are the norm and the smoothies have to wait until after school.

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  12. Keep hoping I'll find my name on your blog next week!

    Hugs,
    A fellow cereal-loving-sister

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  13. mmm nutri-grain. my mouth is watering.

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  14. I have great ambitions to make a nice warm fancy breakfast, but my husband hates breakfast foods (except cereal) and my son is 18 months old and thinks he will die of starvation within 30 seconds of waking up. Needless to say, when I want to make a special breakfast, I get frozen chocolate croissants from Trader Joe's. You totally feel like you are preparing breakfast because you have to take them out of the freezer the night before and then cook them the next morning, but nothing is more pleasant than a nice hot chocolate croissant.

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  15. Ok the lance armstrong comment made me laugh out loud! and at work, that's not a good thing :)
    My kids grew up on cold cereal and they are great...I believe, because of the cold cereal

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  16. I'll eat cereal any time of the day (and if I buy that cereal with a $100 gift card, it might even be the good kind that costs more than $2.50 a box), but I'll never lie in the bathtub and talk to my husband while he gets ready in the morning. You are definitely more romantic than I'll ever be.

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  17. I am definitely not sick of 100 dollar gift card giveaways. Keep'em comin.

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  18. My go to breakfast is Trader Joe's turkey bacon, I put it in the toaster oven for 15 min. and it comes out perfect. But when I'm really lucky I get to go to The Griddle for breakfast where they make red velvet pancakes bigger than LPs and stuff french toast with nutella and make a cinnamon roll/french toast hybrid that you have to know the secret password to order(I am never cool enough to know these passwords but I have a friend and she always knows, that's one of her best attributes.) and pretty much every other bad thing for you to consume. Did I mention how amazing the bacon was?

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  19. My all time favorite breakfast food was this delicious Under the Sea instant oatmeal. It was SOOO good! It turned blue when you added water and released tasty sugar sea animals. Oh man I love(d) that stuff. I tell anyone I'm with whenever we walk by the oatmeal isle at Macy's. If I won the 100 bucks I would use it to by one box on ebay or something.

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  20. I LOVE smoothies and blueberries lol i too have an obsession with the blender and im almost 30 lol. But when we are in a hurry 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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  21. My daughter is only 2 so she is still content with yogurt, instant oatmeal, or cereal for breakfast. My husband on the other hand pisses and moans every day that I don't make him a hot breakfast. Why should? He has two hands.

    Hurry up and hook me up with a Visa card already!

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  22. I made granola last weekend. I'm still recovering.

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  23. "If you put cereal on a hot dog it makes it breakfast." It's my boys favorite line from Wizards of Waverly Place (I know, don't lecture me). Sadly, it's probably because truth resonates with them.

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  24. Daughter always has a smoothie (what's up with kids and smoothies? Crazy little monsters!) she has hers with fruit, veggies (don't tell her that though, she's freak), soy protein, yogurt and p.b. I make it on Sunday and put in five different cups; that way she can just grab one each morning. But yeah it's a total pain and takes like half an hour but than I'm done for the week haha :)
    disintegratingstarr@hotmail.com

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  25. On weekends we usually do smoothies but most of the time its either cereal or frozen waffles
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  26. I love breakfast. I love that it symbolizes the start of a new day and I love the kinds of food that are served. Someday, when I'm rich, I am going to have long leisurely breakfasts each morning while reading the paper or something. In fact, I think that I can have that whole breakfast experience while sitting in the tub as my husband get's ready for the day. That is some quality time to store in the marriage bank account! Thanks for the great ideas!

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  27. I'm all about the slow cooked hot cereal. Cracked Wheat is my favorite. With honey. And peaches. But I usually end up eating Frosted Mini Wheats 'cuz it's fast and easy.

    And the kids? Yogurt. They eat it by the gallon. And they get it themselves. Brilliant.

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  28. My 5 year old ate a hot dog for breakfast this morning. It is the last week of summer vacation and my resolve is completely worn down! Obviously I needed to read this post.

    I had hot breakfasts every morning of my childhood and secretly pined away for cereal. No guilt in cereal breakfasts!

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  29. Like Jodi, I totally laughed out loud at your Lance Armstrong comment! ha ha ha ha

    I have one kid who loves cereal and makes it herself. Sometimes she'll get crazy and make instant oatmeal. My other is picky about breakfast and hasn't had a cheerio in her entire life. She'll do nutragrain bars (apple only), cream cheese bagels, and english muffins with butter. On a good day, I'll make Krusteaz poppyseed muffins. On a really good day, my husband makes me a breakfast wrap with eggs, lunchmeat, and cheese. Yummy.

    I love your blog. It cracks me up! You are a genius.

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  30. I usually eat a granola bar for breakfast- I should leave myself more time and eat some different/more substantial things, probably, but I just never do. :)
    rdoran1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. 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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  32. I'm currently enjoying some chocolate shredded wheat love.

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  33. I made overnight waffles this morning (you make the batter the night before and then just cook it in the morning). But only because it was the first day of school. Then I went back to bed.

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  34. My kids think oatmeal is special because the only time they get it is when Grandma comes. And, they eat it.

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  35. Smoothies are a pain in the butt. Eat a bowl of cereal and get to school, dammit! :)

    kt1969 at comcast dot net

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  36. I grab a breakfast bar, fruit, or a frozen waffle.

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  37. My daughter loves pancakes. Whenever we have them, we eat them for dinner. Then I make a whole bunch and think that I will have extras to freeze and pop in the toaster so I can be a good mom at breakfast time. It never works. Turns out, however many pancakes I make is the exact amount we will scarf down for dinner.

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  38. My kids have cereal for breakfast and I usually grab a granola bar.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  39. I will buy Kellogg's cereal if you give me the card.

    And I will give you the recipe for PEZ sandwiches, which is the breakfast of champions at our house. luv ya's!

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  40. I have eggs each morning after I get home from the gym. But they're fake eggs, in a carton from Costco. Like, egg whites only...except they're colored yellow. So...scrambled yellow fake egg whites for me, please. With basil. Or avocado. Or, if it's today, toast with honey.

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  41. My kids all have their own breakfast favorites. One of them likes whole wheat toast, every morning. Another loves cold cereal every day. Another usually asks for oatmeal. My husband is into bagels and yogurt drinks. I love cold cereal, personally (the good kind, anyway). :)

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  42. just love a peanut butter and a banana toasted sandwich and a bowl of Rice Krispies in the morning!
    gmissycat@yahoo.com

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  43. frozen fruit smoothie sounds nice *_* my go to breakfast for busy mornings is bananas, it's fast to eat and digest.
    songyueyu at gmail

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  44. i tweeted http://twitter.com/syytta/status/22757700284

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  45. i actually have cereal every morning - cornflakes with bananas. my daughter and i share a bowl while she watches sesame street clips on youtube and i email, check blogs on the other side of the screen. but, if we're talking hot breakfasts, then leftover chinese food would be my ideal ...well ideally i'd sleep in til 10 and then eat it. so, brunch?

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  46. Beautiful post.
    On a less sentimental note I have a protein shake in the morning.

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  47. 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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  48. I'm totally gonna use that Lance Armstrong line the next time my kids want a hot breakfast :)

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  49. My little girls don't seem to be breakfast people (like me), because it doesn't matter what I make them--they don't really eat it! But then they pig out at lunch.

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  50. 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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  51. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/fairydancer35/status/22831664590

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

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  53. My mom was GREAT at making breakfast for us kids. Hot breakfast, table set - the works! I don't know how she did it. My kids get whatever is fast and, now that they're getting older, they get it for themselves.

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  54. We all like nutritious cold cereals so breakfast can be as fast as I want it to be. I also make something like blueberry pancakes ahead of time and freeze them so they are quick to grab also

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

    leahforlove(at)aol(dot)com

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  56. I like to eat a Clif bar for breakfast when I'm in a hurry.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  57. tweeted: http://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/22914737571
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  58. 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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  59. 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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  60. If we're running late, we grab granola bars and bottled milk to go.

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  61. we're hopeless procrastinators so I have to leave out cereal and fruit and poptarts on the table the night before school days. my kids are age 10-17, ( the 3 of 6 still at home), so it is nice they can get their own. Sometimes they have waffles spread with peanut butter and fold it on the way out if REALLY late. I eat my rice cake N peanut butter with sliced bananas when they leave. Big breakfasts are for weekends. I am So happy to hear others have cereal for dinner sometimes. My MOM told me to do this on hot summer days and I thought was SO bad...then kids asked for it and said their friends have it, so I caved! Works for ME if only once every few weeks!

    thanks much!
    ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

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  62. Tweeted this!

    http://twitter.com/2sic2mooov/status/22960571776

    thanks too you and sponsors!

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  63. My go-to breakfast when we are in a hurry is toast with either peanut butter or butter, cinnamon, and sugar. And I love the bathtub bed!
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  64. I refuse to tell my 14 year old we have a blender otherwise she'll be in the kitchen concocting all kinds of potions.

    I work 2nd shift so I can't remember the last time I didn't wake up in a blind panic because I hit the snooze button one too many times and now there's t-minus 10 minutes to get it going and haul it out the door. While my daughter does have an alarm clock, she is also less that reliable with the snooze button. Cereal is our main breakfast staple and I can't remember the last time I yanked the griddle out of the cupboard and fired up old Sparky, our ancient stove. Heck, even some mornings cereal takes too much time and I'm cramming cereal bars into her hand as she's flying out the door.

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  65. If we are running late them we grab a granola bar or fruit.

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  66. I'm so envious--you look so comfortable! What a great life!
    I grab a Nutri-Grain bar if I need to eat on the run.
    aleq13@gmail.com

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  67. Oh that's so sweet! Wish me and my hubs got out of bed around the same time! He's out the door by 5am and there's no WAY in heck I could pry my eyes open before 7:30!

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  68. AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY kytah00@yahoo.com

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  69. 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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  70. I agree Smoothies are too cold for morning - I like them in the summer... in the afternoon... preferably while lying around a pool

    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  71. 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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  72. 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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  73. My daughter can't eat first thing in the morning, so I make muffins on Sunday nights that she can bring with her and eat surreptitiously in her first period class. Couldn't have anything to do with the fact that we get up at 6:10 and are out the door at 6:33, could it? :-)

    Email address is in blogger profile

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  74. My kids are totally into cereal lately which is great since pancakes (their previous phase) takes too long on most days.

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  75. LOL!!! That is a hilarious reason not to make hot breakfast, to avoid getting cancer like Lance Armstrong! So wrong, but so funny!

    When I'm in a rush, I grab a cereal bar and a juice box.

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  76. My children are all grown up and gone, but I do love to have coffee and a large bowl of cereal before I leave for work.
    marybug2@yahoo.com

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  77. My mom used to always make sure that I got breakfast, big believer in breakfast!
    jozie1420@yahoo.com

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  78. Maybe your kids could come by my house and make me a bagel--that sounds delicious. I'm a dry cereal in a baggie gal myself.
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

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  79. omgoodness- your post cracked me up- esp the part about why not to make a hot breakfast! Our quick & easy breakfast is usually an apple & string cheese & milk.
    onecrypticmama AT yahoo DOT com

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  80. I love your bed in your bathtub! Thankfully my hubby just lets me sleep while he gets ready for work...I just don't think I would be quite so comfy in our tub. ;-)

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  81. We grab granola bars and bananas

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  82. Dry cereal is always a safe bet.
    whitbrit AT gmail DOT com

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

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  84. We grab a granola bar or a cereal bar with a gogurt!
    thanks
    bleatham*at*gmail.com

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  85. I tend to eat yogurt, cheerios or bananas for breakfast; and one of these works great for breakfast on the fly!

    aigcanada7 at hotmail dot com

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  86. I usually have cereal or oatmeal with fruit for breakfast during the week

    alterna7 at hotmail dot com

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