During the week I do not have time to spend on making breakfast. The blogging rituals start early, setting up posts, tweets, and assisting others. And I have to feed two of us, that’s twice as much time that I do not have! My son rolls out of bed and does occasionally have the audacity to ask me to cook something, but we always have less than one hour to get ready, so there is just no time. I also have to eat as I am headed to the gym after drop off. I was happy to try this new cereal in a sponsored post to see if it would inspire our morning meal!
Cereal is the item that of course works the best and fastest. It takes almost no time and the finished dishes may not even make it to the sink until the afternoon, but this is a meal that will not make us late! As long as I remember to have milk in the refrigerator! (That is a running joke here, my spouse drinks a lot of milk so I always have several gallons on hand at any given time.)
And then here comes Cheerios Protein! Firstly, this was the first real cereal we gave our son when he was a baby. I suspect almost everyone starts their kids off this way, that’s why Cheerios is the #1 cereal in America (one of every 10 boxes of cereal sold in America is a box of Cheerios!). Secondly, I had in the past sought out a higher-end cereal that had extra protein (overly expensive) because as I said, I take my son to school every morning and then head straight to the gym; the extra protein supports my daily workouts!
So we have started on this regimen of Cheerios in the morning. My son has some nut allergies, only a minor one to almonds, so I eat that in the morning to start my day. And it is “Cinnamon Almond.” Cinnamon is now touted as having some real health value, and almonds are a super food!
Paul gets the “Oats & Honey” Cheerios Protein: “Cheerios Protein Oats & Honey includes oats and honey sweetened whole grain oat cereal with crunchy oat granola clusters and real honey.” As an 11 year old this doesn’t mean a lot to him except for the honey part. Many of you have seen me take pictures of him at the Farmer’s market on Saturdays, he stops and samples all the honey products he can! I have also taken the opportunity to explain the importance of protein and how it will help him after school when he spends two hours at the playground playing sports. That information piques his interest quickly! Me, I am thrilled that lentils are part of the ingredients in his box, I know they are healthy!
“I didn’t think it would be good, I thought it was for old people because it had protein and fiber, but this is amazing!” He actually said these exact words.
This is not a low sugar cereal. That is not an issue for me, I am just happy when my son eats breakfast, there were too many months where it was very difficult to get him to eat anything in the morning. As he said, if this tasted like what he perceives old people cereal to taste like, he would not eat it. He has to have breakfast, as a 5th grader his lunch period is too late in the day!
I like Cheerios Protein because it is a great way to provide long-lasting energy for my son and I throughout the day: it’s a good source of fiber, contains 13 vitamins and minerals, more than half your daily value of whole grain, and has 11g of protein when served with milk. I can get through a good gym workout, and my son can last the 4 hours until his lunch at school!
Please share your morning breakfast rituals with me and let me know how much time you have for breakfast, and if cereal will save you time if it is not doing so already!
Disclosure: This is a compensated post. All opinions are always 100% honest and my own.