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Practical Tips For Re-Thinking Breakfast {and why you might want to!}

February 25, 2016

Let me help you make the switch from breakfast cereal to nourishing real food that will keep the family focused and full of energy for the morning!

Practical Tips For Re-Thinking Breakfast {and why you might want to!}

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The topic of breakfast can be a really touchy subject.

Some people are big breakfast eaters others are not. Some like it sweet, other savory. Some have really (really!) early mornings in their schedule, and others get to have a slower start.

So I’m going to start off by just saying…I get that.

I get that everyone is different, comes from different households, budgets, family sizes, work schedules – I get it!
When it comes to breakfast I think it is important to understand what kind of meal is going to work against you, avoid that, and do what works for your family. No one real food way is the right way.

So now that we go that out of the way…let’s talk cereal.

I looooove cereal. It is super nostalgic for me. I grew up eating cereal every. day.

Every. Day.

But cereal is one of those meals working against you. The process to make those little flakes, O’s, or squares, changes that grain into a toxic, extrusion not only providing zero nutrition, but also wearing on the gut over time causing big digestive problems.

You may not even notice that your morning cereal is working against you, but one week of trying real food breakfasts is sure to show you just how much energy and focus you could have for your morning.

One week of real food breakfasts might be the difference in your child noticing how much better they can focus in school or that they aren’t starving by lunchtime.

Cereal was so hard for me to break up with. But it was one of the best things I did for my energy and health. When someone is feeling overwhelmed with making the switch to real food, my typical first encouragement is…start with breakfast.

Just breakfast! You can worry about all the other meals of the day if you just get breakfast figured out first. One meal.

Practical Tips For Re-Thinking Breakfast {and why you might want to!}

Before you spring this (brilliant!) idea on your family…make a plan first.

  1. Make a simple menu. You can plan a little breakfast rotation around your week so you don’t overwhelm yourself with starting something new on a day you have to be out the door by 7am. If you have older kids I would definitely make them a part of this planning or you can be sure there will be a fight. Give them a list of choices to pick from to add to the rotation. And tell them the “why” of this whole deal. If we are going to raise up a generation of kids that is more aware of where their food comes from and how it effects their bodies it starts with us sitting around the table talking about it.
  2. Have the kids organize their things the night before to make for a quick morning. Utilize the last 10 minutes of the kids’ day before they hop into bed to do a little prep. And I’m not just talking about the food for breakfast. Have the kids get their backpacks ready (themselves!). Set the clothes out, make sure shoes aren’t missing etc. I have found this few minutes of planning before the kids go to bed is absolutely vital in me having 15 minutes to make a real food breakfast for them on an early morning.
  3. Do a quick breakfast prep before bed. While the kids are getting their school gear ready before bed, you can do a few minutes of breakfast prep. Get some oats in a pot soaking for oatmeal, take out freezer items to thaw, get the chopping done so all you have to do is throw it into the pan in the morning – there are even evenings where I take 10 minutes to get muffins or breakfast cookies into the oven that bake off while I’m getting kids down for bed. All of this is just a change in thought process – it doesn’t take more than 10 to 15 minutes but it makes all the difference in a smooth morning.
  4. And finally…before you make that first real food breakfast, clear the house out of the cereal. If it isn’t there, then there isn’t a choice to have it!

Looking for some real food breakfast inspiration to get you started??

Practical Tips For Re-Thinking Breakfast {and why you might want to!}

I collaborated with some other great real food bloggers to create “Brainy Breakfasts” – a cookbook of great brain fueling breakfasts for families!

Practical Tips For Re-Thinking Breakfast {and why you might want to!}

Grab your digital copy of Brainy Breakfasts for 30% off! That’s just $7 for 44 real food, brain focusing recipes to rotate around to keep things fresh and new. That includes printable recipe cards too! If you prefer, you can get the paperback version on Amazon here!

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  • Reply Shereeka February 26, 2016 at 12:48 am

    I assume these recipes are gluten free since you are GF but are there any without dairy or can use a dairy sub like almond or coconut milk?

    • Reply Renee Kohley February 27, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Hi Shereeka! The recipes in the book are grain free and dairy free or have dairy sub notes!

  • Reply Jessica February 26, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Love this! Breakfast is such an important start to the day, do it right!

  • Reply Bev February 27, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Cereal was/is hard for us too! I just found some cereal that is made with organic, non-gmo sprouted grains. Is that acceptable occasionally?

    • Reply Renee Kohley February 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Hi Bev! I usually recommend making granola if you love cereal. There is still a process that that great sprouted grain has to go through to become whatever flake or shape it becomes that de-voids the grain of it’s nutrients. I’m not quite sure of the type of cereal but you can take a look at the process it goes through and decide from there. There are quite a few granola recipes on the blog that you could batch up and keep in the pantry just like cereal – we do granola cereal weekly too!

  • Reply Megan Stevens February 28, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    These look great and I SO agree with the premise. I used to LOVE cereal; but it is forever a thing of the past now- no regrets!

  • Reply Erin Smith February 29, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Yes please! We eat eggs, toast, and fruit pretty much every single morning. It’s funny that we never get sick of it but we still need to change it up every once in a while. We haven’t bought cereal for a couple of years. We make a big batch of granola every 2 weeks or so to keep our cereal cravings at bay lol. I’m totally buying this eBook. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Renee Kohley February 29, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      I keep granola around because of that too Erin! Ha! I think you will enjoy the book!

  • Reply Jenna March 1, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I love this. My kids eat oatmeal most mornings, but I’m always tempted to try for an easy cereal. Every time I go an get one though I’m disgusted by all the sugar! Thanks for the creative breakfast ideas. Its always nice to add a little variety πŸ™‚

  • Reply Beth March 1, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Switching up breakfast is such a mental block for many – your post is really helpful. I try to always prep breakfast ahead (casseroles, egg muffins, etc.) so we don’t get caught in the rush. These are great tips and the ebook looks fantastic!

  • Reply Ritta March 1, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Great post! I love the tips

  • Reply Jolene @ Yummy Inspirations March 1, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Yikes! It’s pretty scary how toxic cereal is! We love homemade granola, yoghurt or eggs of some description for breakfast. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tash March 1, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I often make overnight oats or chia pudding the night before to make sure my breakfast is healthy. It’s too tempting to eat junk (aka cereal) if I don’t do this πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply linda spiker March 1, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    So many great ideas and suggestions here! Pinned and shared!

  • Reply rachel March 1, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I need to share this with my husband, who won’t eat anything but cornflakes each morning (even though I love to cook and usually make smoothies or eggs for myself.) Maybe this will finally convince him!

  • Reply anna@greentalk March 1, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Breakfast is my hardest meal since I am not an egg eater nor can I have carbs in the morning. I usually will add a smoothie after I work out. I am going to have to make muffins again–grain free.

  • Reply Sylvie March 2, 2016 at 4:16 am

    Love the title of the book, sounds like a great resource!

  • Reply Marjorie March 2, 2016 at 8:06 am

    We broke up with cereal about 7 years ago. If I do get a craving for something crunchy for breakfast, I just make some grain-free granola and some almond milk. Yum! So many other options for a healthy breakfast. The book sounds fantastic!! I love the title πŸ™‚

  • Reply Emily @ Recipes to Nourish March 2, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    These are wonderful tips!!! The cookbook looks great too. So nice to have REAL, healthy inspiration for breakfast.

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  • Reply Rhiannon Lynn January 29, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Rude Health (a UK brand) do cereals that AREN’T extruded, but popped with a pressure-popper. Their puffed oats are lovely with raw milk….

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