America’s Favorite Breakfast

January 6, 2012

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Bowl-a-cereal!!!

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Now I know why – took 10 seconds to assemble, was fun to chew and delicious! I had cereal for breakfast nearly every morning the first 15 years of my life.

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I combined about a serving and a half (1+ cups) of 365 Wheat Waffles with a banana (the best part), a cup of milk, a tbsp of drizzled Wild Squirrel Cocoa-Nut (the best for spreading because of it’s texture and volume!), chia seeds and coconut. Yum!

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Tea on the side (I got tired of frothed milk for a week – will bring it back soon!)

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Happy weekend! [It is Friday, right!? Oh yeah – it’s FIRST FRIDAY here in Cville!!!]

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1 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat January 6, 2012 at 9:19 am

So many flavors going on here – I could never dream up some of your combinations!

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2 Cait's Plate January 6, 2012 at 9:19 am

I’m with you – I still haven’t transitioned from cold breakfasts yet. I have NO idea why especially considering Tuesday was 8 degrees here! I’m still happily eating my overnight oats and yogurt bowls though! :)

Enjoy First Friday!!

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3 Kavi @ Lab to Fab! January 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

Your breakfasts are so creative… all those toppings remind me of a sundae bar!

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4 Kristy @ KristyRuns January 6, 2012 at 9:25 am

But not just any bowl of cereal…that’s one jazzed up one! Looks so good with the coconut on top!

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5 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh January 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

1) This reminded me I haven’t eaten breakfast yet! *gasp*

2) I’m gonna see what I can mash up in my pantry to look like that! YUM!

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6 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

MMM I do love cereal! But I went for the trusty toast with peanut butter and banana with a cup of coffee and soy milk. Ohhhh yeaaaaa!

Yay for Friday! :)

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7 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 6, 2012 at 9:33 am

To this day, breakfast is my most favourite meal of the day…I also survived on cereal…right into aduthood…I have ventured into more creative morning combos since bringing oatmeal back into my life…I think it was during my first pregnancy…oatmeal cravings…go figure! lol My youngest son still loves his morning oatmeal with pure maple syrup.

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8 HRCK the Herald January 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

Just an idea– it would be fun for you to compare the cereals you eat now with the ones you ate at ages 1-15. It sounds like something you might have done while you were getting your RD?

I remember how much smugness I felt when I showed my mom that my Lucky Charms or something was actually “healthier” than her granola. I think my only barometer for health was calories and sugar grams, she surely could have had me beat on length of ingredient list!

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9 KathEats January 6, 2012 at 11:58 am

Fun idea. My favorites were Cranberry Almond Crunch by Post, Chex, and Lucky Charms when I was really little. I remember loving Fruity Pebbles too, but my dad would never let us get the really sugary ones.

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10 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

I used to eat breakfast every day when I was a kid too, although back then I was all about the Corn Pops and Froot Loops. So glad my tastebuds have changed and I don’t think I could stomach that much sugar now!

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11 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

It’s true… we make all these cool breakfasts, but there’s just something awesome about a bowl of cereal. Lately I’ve even taken to eating it with cinnamon sprinkled in for dessert.

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12 Kate January 6, 2012 at 9:40 am

Hi Kath,

Goop has some good shake recipes right now and she makes her own almond milk. Thought you would like to see!
http://goop.com/newsletter/160/en

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13 KathEats January 6, 2012 at 11:58 am

Fun, thanks!

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14 Khushboo January 6, 2012 at 9:40 am

Did the chias thicken up the milk?? I’m interested to see how this measures up to oatmeal in terms of fullness!

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15 KathEats January 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

Not really…they don’t really soak in there long enough

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16 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio January 6, 2012 at 9:40 am

That is America’s breakfast, just usually with 1 cup of extra sugar in it :)

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17 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 6, 2012 at 9:51 am

In the form of HFCS of course ;)

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18 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 6, 2012 at 10:01 am

So true, Ash! :)

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19 Marla January 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I actually find these breakfasts of Kath’s too
sugary/ or sweet for me! My stomach couldn’t
take most of these combos. I do enjoy oatbran
sprinkled with a few toasted slivered almonds
or sometimes a nice boiled egg on toast…
but that’s what makes the world interesting -
different strokes for diff folks!
But Kath do you ever find as an RD your breakfasts
are a little on the high sugar side ( including
natural sugars etc)? Curious, thanks!

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20 KathEats January 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Marla,
I’ve plugged my breakfasts into a recipe calculator to see how they come out. Most of the sugar comes from banana and milk, both natural. I rarely have ANY added sugars – and if I do, it’s 1-2 grams from a nut butter or oddball topping.

Today’s breakfast (cereal with toppings) was 21 grams. 19 of those came from banana and a cup of milk and 2 grams from nut butter.

A typical overnight oats comes out to 19 grams, 14 of those from natural sugars (banana/milk/plain yogurt) and 5 from nut butter and and granola topping.

My pancakes this week came out the LOWEST at 15 grams – 7 grams of natural sugar from banana, 4 from kodiak cakes and 4 from nut butters and granolas.

So I guess while these breakfast look “sugary” they really aren’t. I’m not worried at all about natural sugars in fruit or milk, and they are always balanced with protein and healthy fat.

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21 Marla January 7, 2012 at 7:50 am

thanks for detailed reply!
They just look so sweet to my tastes ;)

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22 KathEats January 7, 2012 at 8:05 am

Totally understand! I could never eat a veggie omelet for breakfast :)

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23 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) January 6, 2012 at 9:42 am

That’s the best looking cold cereal bowl I’ve ever seen!

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24 Emily January 6, 2012 at 9:51 am

I hardly ever eat cereal. Sometimes I think I should be incorporating MORE into my meals. I do love it after all!

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25 Susan (Oliepants) January 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

I was just deciding breakfast and I have a bowl of cereal on my mind now! Yours looks delicious. I have a packet of Justin’s Nut butter that I’ll be using myself.

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26 Allie@LiveLaughEat January 6, 2012 at 9:54 am

Haven’t had a bowl of cereal in ages. Ohhh my college bfast/lunch/dinner of choice. They do taste a million times better with banana slices. I hate how quickly I can eat them! Though I probably eat oatmeal, yogurt and toast just as quickly.

Have a wonderful Friday, Miss Kath!

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27 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 6, 2012 at 9:55 am

Haha I just rediscovered cereal too! I’ve been eating it like its my job lately :)

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28 Dee January 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

Happy weekend!

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29 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl January 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

I love the colors of this morning shot! The blues, browns, green… nicely done!
ps – glad to hear brussels + blue cheese is oh so good. I will need to give it a try.

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30 Kristen @ Change of Pace January 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

Love the idea of adding nut butter to cereal. I just ordered some of that wild squirrel. They were out of the cocoa nut but I ordered a couple other flavors. Can’t wait to try them!

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31 kathleen @ the daily crumb January 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

cereal is just so simply delicious… and you have given me great ideas for adding some staying power. happy friday, kath!

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32 Sarah January 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

I ADORE that linen!!!! Where did you get it?!

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33 KathEats January 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

Target!

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34 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth January 6, 2012 at 10:01 am

That WIld Squirrel looks so amazing. Please tell the makers to sell it in England so we can have some too :-)

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35 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 6, 2012 at 10:01 am

Okay- so I want an honest report of how long this keeps you full! You and I seem to have almost identical appetites- so I can use it as a gauge. :) I’m trying to think of a few different breakfast options to throw into the mix- not that I don’t love my oatmeal every day- just want to change it up a bit. I made a “bake” today and 3 hours later, I’m still satisfied- a good sign!
I told my friend Georgia (who made that bowl) to come over to look at your blog during lunch- it will make her day to see it on there. :)

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36 KathEats January 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

Just the same as my other breakfasts!! Just got home from pump 4 hours in and getting hungry for lunch

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37 Krissy @ Shiawase Life January 6, 2012 at 10:01 am

Still cannot do the cold breakfast in the morning! :)

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38 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

cereal with milk really can hit the spot. sometimes I crave it!

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39 Stephanie @ Ultra Ambitious January 6, 2012 at 10:09 am

I’ve never tried eating chia seeds without soaking them first. Do you ever soak your in water to make a chia drink, or do you always eat them mixed into something first without soaking? Have a great Friday!!

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40 KathEats January 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I use them most often for a sprinkle to add an additional texture to dishes – or IN overnight or stove-top oats where they do thicken quite a bit

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41 juli January 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

I love your new bowl!! You have me looking at bowls whenever I go shopping! Fun!

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42 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 6, 2012 at 10:21 am

Cereal is my favorite breakfast! Love how you jazzed it up :)

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43 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 6, 2012 at 10:29 am

sounds so simple, yet so much going on with the various flavor combos you have in there!! i love how you can easily spice up a simple bowl of cereal. delicious!

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44 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous January 6, 2012 at 10:36 am

I love cereal with PB!

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45 Johanna B January 6, 2012 at 10:42 am

I love cereal but for the most part the GF cereals are nothing to blog about. Not much staying power except for a few of the better granolas. I could eat them 3 times a day.

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46 Angel7 January 6, 2012 at 11:01 am

I am pretty much a cereal girl for breakfast. But I try to switch it up with some eggs every now and again.

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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47 lynn @ the actor's diet January 6, 2012 at 11:01 am

bananas n cereal are the greatest – esp. when the naners have been sliced with my spoon….mmmm…

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48 Anna @ On Anna's Plate January 6, 2012 at 11:25 am

I never get sick of cereal– it’s just always tasty!! Happy Friday!!

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49 Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy January 6, 2012 at 11:43 am

Love the bowl and coffee mug, your pictures inspire me to go out and buy cuter dishes!

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50 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 6, 2012 at 11:56 am

I love my GO Lean crunch cereal because it is SO easy to throw it all together. Woot :)

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51 Kelly @ Vegolosophy January 6, 2012 at 11:58 am

I LOVE cereal, so much so, I try not to keep it in the house :) I could literally eat a whole box! I love the crunchy-ness of cereal, always hits the spot! Your combo looks delicious!

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52 Hope January 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I love cereal for breakfast! I actually had some this morning. I never thought to add peanut butter to it! That sounds delicious :)

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53 Rebecca January 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I was never a big cereal eater until I started mixing them. Now I adooooore big bowls of cereals, especially with sliced banana and warm cinnamon apples. Never tried nut butter on cereal, though!!

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54 Brianna January 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

This looks fantastic!!
I just LOVE cereal:)
–bB

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55 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles January 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I used to eat cereal with yogurt on it as an after school snack every day from jr. high through part of highschool – definitely a favorite!

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56 Brittany (Eating Bird Food) January 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I love cereal and ate it almost every morning growing up. Now I like to have it as a snack.

I’m headed to Charlottesville today for a doctor’s appointment. I’ll wave to you and Matt. :)

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57 Tracy January 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

What do you mean when you said Wild Squirrel is best for spreading because of it’s “volume”? Lower calories per volume?

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58 KathEats January 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I just mean it seems more liquidy and less compact so I feel like you get more per serving than other, more dense brands

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59 Jess January 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I love cereal, but never for breakfast!

I am lactose intolerant, and have never liked milk subs (or soggy cereal!) so I have my cereal dry. I will measure out a portion and eat it with my fingers, like chips, for a snack :)

Odd, party of one? Or are there others who do the same?

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60 Jessica January 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I LOVE eating dry cereal! I can also eat half a box at once so eating it dry makes it last a lot longer. :0) You’re definitely not the only one.

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61 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

The 365 Wheat Waffles look like heartier Chex cereal and like they’d be perfect to stand up to some nut butter drenching :) I need to try those!

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62 Ellie@Fit for the Soul January 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I know, isn’t the cocoa-nut pb the best in terms of texture?! So melty and smooth <3

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63 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I didn’t have America’s favorite breakfast–instead I head yours! Overnight oats a la Kath this morning :)

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64 KathEats January 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm

:) Having that tomorrow!

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65 N January 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

So I made overnight oats last night…..you and Julie from PB fingers are always eating them. Must say I think it’s an acquired taste. :) Not sure I’ll be doing it again.

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66 jhailstone January 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm

That is the most beautiful cereal I have ever seen. It looks like it could be dessert with that cocoa nut stuff on top. Where do you get that chocolate syrup from?

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67 KathEats January 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Do you mean the cocoa nut? From Wildsquirrelnutbutter.com

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68 KathEats January 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm

[Or actually this was from OpenSky deal!]

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69 jhailstone January 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm

OK, thanks for the info! Yes, I did mean the wild squirrel nut butter.

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70 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count January 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I forget about cold cereal! I need to get some in stock around here!

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71 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I lived on Wheat and Corn Chex growing up. It was always one or the other for breakfast and sometimes it was lunch or dinner. I don’t really eat it that much anymore but I’ll get a craving for cold milk and cereal every now and then. Yum!

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72 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I don’t eat cereal with milk enough. It’s because I take so long to eat my breakfasts that the milk always makes the cereal go soggy. I don’t have that problem when I use yogurt!

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73 Greta @ Staying Lost January 7, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I picked up some of those wheat waffles at Whole Foods today after seeing you eating them for days. All these pictures made me crave cereal- I haven’t bought any in a couple years!

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74 Sally Ann January 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm

A friend of mine tipped me off to your website, and I am so glad she did. My husband and two little girls just switched to a whole foods, plant-based diet, and I’ve used your site for inspiration. This breakfast was a HIT with everyone—especially the 2-year-old. Thanks!

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75 KathEats January 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Welcome Sally Ann!

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