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March 2, 2012

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I’m doing things in a weird order today: I just took a shower and in a bit, I’m headed to the gym!! We’re giving a tour of Great Harvest to a group of preschoolers today and I have to be there right when it starts. Since I haven’t lifted weights in a week, I hated to miss Pump, so I decided since I barely break a sweat in Pump I’d just shower first, exercise second! At least I’ll have clean sweat for the tour : )

Cereal for a quick breakfast!

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This box fits the bill

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I look for cereals with less than 150 calories a cup (although sometimes I do get the denser ones and use less), less than 5 grams of sugar (this one’s just on the cusp!) and 3+ grams of protein. Fiber is a nice plus, but cereals with more than a few grams scare my GI tract. I wouldn’t call this cereal the healthiest on the block, but for a honey bunches of oats craving, it works.

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These took me right back to childhood!

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Filled with blueberries, banana, chia seeds and milk. Plus a scoop of Sunbutter!

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I think I have a touch of a cold. It’s all in my nose, but that might explain the lackluster yesterday. Hoping it’s on the mend.

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1 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot March 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

Those flakes remind me of Frosted Flakes! I miss those sometimes :) Happy Friday, Kath!

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2 K March 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

Kath, do you look at sodium content when you’re evaluating cereals?

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3 KathEats March 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

Not at all. I don’t have any reason to restrict sodium

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4 Cait @ Beyond Bananas March 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

I think it is so awesome that you are giving tours to school children! They do that at some food store chains up here and it is a great way for kids to get some healthy information! :) Have fun!

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5 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

Have fun with the kiddies today! I loved fieldtrips as a kid, although we never got to go to a bakery. I think I would have been in my element though, because until the age of about 8, I wanted to be a baker “when I grew up”! Get some vitamin C in you and I hope you feel better soon! :)

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6 mel March 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

That bowl looks delicious, but I need more protein to fill me up!! I love putting a scoop of vanilla protein powder into the cereal bowl!

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7 KhushbOo March 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

What a fun field trip for the kids- I bet they’ll love the animal-shaped breads!

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8 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

those seem to be just like honey bunches of oats! yum! :) i love the little oat clusters in them. your polka dotted bowl is so cute!

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9 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

Ahhh you’re making me miss cereal! I’ve looked at some gluten free ones, but they’re all pretty high calorie. Other than plain rice Chex… but those are a bit boring.

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10 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life March 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

I have tried that cereal before and it is so good! I have never compared the nutritional stats to real honey bunches of oats though. Not sure if it’s healthier, or just seems that way since the word ‘organic’ is on the box.. :-)

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11 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh March 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

Have fun with the preschoolers and at the gym. Hope the cold passes quickly!

Of course breakfast is always more fun when you can have a pretty bouquet of flowers to look at.

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12 kathleen @ the daily crumb March 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

honey bunches of oats has to be one of my top 3 all time favorite cereals. nice to know there is a health(ier) alternative! happy friday, kath!

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13 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach March 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

That looks like a delicious bowl of cereal! I’m not a huge cereal person, but I used to LOVE honey bunches of oats. Problem was I’d eat a half a box at a time! Clearly not a problem when you add all the berries, chia, banana, and sun butter! Looks soooo filling! Try some elderberry for the sniffles and feel better soon!

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14 Allison K March 2, 2012 at 9:41 am

Your stuffy nose could also be pregnancy rhinitis

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15 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings March 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

Looks like a yummy breakfast. Sorry to hear you’re feeling a little crummy — might be airline crud (so easy to get a touch of something after a trip on a plane in my experience!). Hope you have a great day :)

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16 Monique Gagnon March 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

I’m glad I’m not the only one who believes there is such a thing as “clean” sweat. Sometimes if I know I want to work out in the morning, but I don’t have enough time to shower, I’ll do a full shower and shave the night before and a quick “rinse” shower after my workout if I need one.

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17 Jacqueline@digintobooks March 2, 2012 at 9:53 am

I have the same bowls as you! Love them!! The flowers and cereal look like a cheery way to start the day.

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18 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance March 2, 2012 at 10:02 am

LOVE that polka dot bowl :)

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19 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

I love that bowl – similar to a Martha Stewart dessert set I got at my bridal shower.

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20 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 2, 2012 at 10:09 am

I’m amazing that the sugar is only 5g with “Honey” in the title! Sometimes it’s hard to find cereals with less than 5g that aren’t supposed to be honey-flavored!

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21 Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot March 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

You just gave me a great big craving for cereal ;) Have fun with the tour!

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22 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope March 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

I love that bowl! It’s super cute! The tour with the preschoolers sounds like it’s going to be fun! Little kids are so cute :)

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23 Cait's Plate March 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

It’s tough to beat a big old bowl of cereal with a spoonful of nut butter :)

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24 Michelle (Better with Berries) March 2, 2012 at 10:19 am

Have fun with the preschoolers! While I couldn’t teach them all the time, I had so much fun when I used to sub for preschool in the summer. They said the craziest things!

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25 Rachel March 2, 2012 at 10:22 am

The nose issue might be here to stay until delivery. I had a stuffy/runny nose for my first pregnancy and this one seems to be following suit.

I’m not sure if it’s better to wish yours was just a small cold or not. :/

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26 Angel7 March 2, 2012 at 10:36 am

I hope you start to feel better soon, Kath! Maybe whatever you have in your nose is from the dry weather in San Diego or something.

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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27 Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy March 2, 2012 at 10:41 am

Have fun on your bakery tour!

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28 Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites March 2, 2012 at 10:47 am

sometimes I shower before a run to the office..hehe…then I change once I am there and it’s almost like I took a shower after the run…btu not, really :D

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29 Sarah@The Flying ONION March 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

I have that same bowl! I love how bright and sunny and cheerful it is. :D

I’ll have to check out this cereal next time! I love honey bunches of oats but haven’t had it in ages because it would never keep me full these days. This one would fit the bill. :D

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30 Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife March 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

I used to love honey bunches of oats as a kid! I’m a little crazy about hating my cereal soggy though, and that kind gets soggy FAST, so I can remember pouring milk in the bowl and then RACING to finish the flakes before they got soft on me! Haha! Have fun with the tour!

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31 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles March 2, 2012 at 10:51 am

I can still remember a field trip when I was in grade school to the local bakery. It is no longer there but I can still remember it’s name, International Bakery, the smell of the freshly baked goodies, the layout and that honey dipped doughnut we got at the end of the tour! I am sure you will be creating some great memories for those children today!

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32 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga March 2, 2012 at 11:10 am

Hope you’re not coming down with something and if you are, that you’re able to take things a little easier today.

Happy Friday :)

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33 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 2, 2012 at 11:22 am

Sometimes my mom showers before she works out and I always thought that was so funny. It works for her, but I get wayyy too sweaty to do that :) Aw, I bet the tour with the preschoolers will be a lot of fun! I love that polka dot bowl, btw – so cute.

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34 Lisa @bitesforbabies March 2, 2012 at 11:27 am

Is there almond butter in there?!!

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35 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 2, 2012 at 11:34 am

Barely break a sweat in pump?! Man, I sure do! I usually do a little cardio warm-up before, which might activate it a bit.. but still! Did you ever or are you being more conscious not to get your HR up too high now, hence no sweat?
My elbows are always dripping by the end of the squat track!

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36 KathEats March 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I’m really not much of a sweater :) It takes a 90* day or hot yoga to really get me sweating – or a really fast running race. My elbows sweat in squats in the summer, but in the winter I’m in long sleeves and pants and often still cold! And I’m one of the heaviest weight users in the class, so I think I’m challenging myself :) (Well not as much after pregnancy though)

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37 Tiffany March 2, 2012 at 11:38 am

yum…Im craving cereal now! lol

I remember having field trips like that when i was a kid! So much fun!!

Which cereal do you think is the healthiest that fits your requirements and is still quite tasty?

Have a great day! :)

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38 KathEats March 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Hmmm. I can’t think of a single one – maybe plain shredded wheat (which is one of the denser ones) or plain bran flakes or Cheerios

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39 j3nn March 2, 2012 at 11:51 am

A crisp bowl of cereal with cold milk sounds SO GOOD!

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40 Andrea March 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Out of pure curiosity, how many calories do you try to consume at breakfast?

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41 KathEats March 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I don’t count them, but they average 400-600

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42 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Have FUN at PUMP!! Wahoo. Lifting weights is the jam!

Pretty cereal pics with blubes today-love it.

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43 Kerry @ Totes My Oats March 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I’ve never seen someone who can jazz up cereal like you, Kath!

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44 Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm

YUM!!! TJ’s has a cereal like that and I’m addicted!

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45 Ellie@Fit for the Soul March 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I hope you have a great day and don’t overwork your body! :) And I’m loving the mason jars!!!! I’m doing that as a centerpiece for my wedding reception, except with candles inside. :D And it’s awesome when foods take you back to childhood! Awesome feeling.

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46 britt March 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm

your cereal makes my morning cereal look so boring. i just do bran flakes and milk. but i love simple sometimes.

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47 Cary March 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Thanks for the tip about cereal nutrition and what to look for. I love learning things like that to help me become a more savvy, healthy shopper.

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48 JessicaE March 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I have had a stuffy dry nose for weeks now. There is even a name for it: rhinitis of pregnancy. hang in there.

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49 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm

You’re so good with sticking to healthy cereals! I know Kashi isn’t the healthiest brand of cereal out there, but I just can’t bring myself to stop buying it – it’s just too good! :P

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50 Marion March 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Hopefully it’s not a cold and just pregnancy congestion! It’s a pretty common occurrence in pregnant women due to increased blood Volume!

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51 Kelly Michele March 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm

I’m just curious at your comment about cereals with more than a few grams of fiber scaring your GI tract. Is this a personal thing or is there a RD reason behind it? I was wondering because I usually go for the higher fiber cereals. Thanks! :)

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52 KathEats March 2, 2012 at 9:58 pm

This is personal opinion. I don’t think foods should have added fiber to them. I remember eating some wraps a long time ago that had something like 14 grams of fiber each (mostly from added plant-based fibers so they were claimed to be “natural” but that just doesn’t seem natural to me) so I decided a long time ago that added fibers, natural or not, were not real food. They are not the way nature intended. I don’t think they’ll hurt you (although I wouldn’t be surprised if they did upset stomachs] but I just choose not to buy products with added fibers.

[That's not to say that everything I eat is nature's choice, but this was an easy tweak to make when purchasing things to be more natural]

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53 Kelly Michele March 3, 2012 at 7:30 am

Thank you so much for your input :)

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54 Susan March 2, 2012 at 10:47 pm

please…i go to spin in the morning and don’t shower b/c i don’t have time and go straight to work. i always make it a point to shower the night before, though…usually. :)

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55 Alyssa March 3, 2012 at 11:11 am

Thank you for the info on your own cereal-purchasing nutritional guidelines! I have been wondering about this as I’ve looked for healthier cereals lately.

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