Make Breakfast Fun with a Cereal Bar #KChamps

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Cereal is one of our go-to breakfasts on busy, weekday mornings. It’s easy. It’s quick. It’s yummy. And, if you make the right cereal choice – cereal is also a very healthy option when paired with fruit and milk.

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A serving of Kellogg cereals and 1 cup of skim milk can provide protein and four nutrients most people don’t get enough of: fiber, calcium, Vitamin D and potassium.

 

But you don’t want to get into a breakfast rut! You know – the one where you are eating the same cereal day after day. One thing that we do to keep breakfast fun for Lucas (and for us) is to set up a cereal bar in the morning. It’s a great way to get kids involved in the breakfast process and they love being in control of  the type of cereal, toppings, etc. It’s just a great way to start the day!

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It’s also a really cute way to serve breakfast for kids during a sleepover – young kids, tweens, and teens will love it!

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Cereal Bar Set Up Ideas:

Set out a few different cereal varieties. We like Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, Mini-Wheats, and All-Bran. While delicious and healthy, they are also perfect for adding toppings.

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Set out several cereal toppings such as:

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  • Nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc)
  • Dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, etc)
  • Sliced bananas
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries

Of course, you’ll need some cold milk! And, if it’s for a sleepover or party – I like to make it special and put everything into cute bowls and containers.

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Branana & Raisin Muffins Recipe #KChamps

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National Breakfast Week

One of our favorite breakfasts on busy weekday mornings are muffins. They are such an easy thing to whip up once a week and you have several breakfasts and/or snacks for the entire week (or even longer depending on how big your family is). They are easy grab and go breakfast if you are in a rush. Kids and adults love them! But…you can pack all sorts of good for you things in a muffin…like these yummy Branana and Raisin Muffins!

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These muffins are packed with flavor that comes from the ripe bananas and spices. They are really, really good! Plus, the addition of All-Bran gives them a punch of fiber.

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Branana & Raisin Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups Complete® Wheat Bran Flakes
  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 2/3 cup mashed fully ripe bananas
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Directions
1. In medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.

2. In large mixing bowl, KELLOGG’S COMPLETE Wheat Bran cereal, milk and bananas. Let stand 1-2 minutes or until cereal is softened.

3. In small mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add egg whites and margarine to cereal mixture. Beat well.

4. Add flour mixtur and stir in raisins; stirring only until combined.
Portion batter evenly into twelve 2 1/2-inch muffin-pan cups coated with cooking spray.

5. Bake at 400° F for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Rice Krispies Fruit & Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars #KChamps

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National Breakfast Week

Everyone loves the iconic and tasty Rice Krispies treats – myself included! However, they are treats and obviously not intended for breakfast. However, I have a discovered a healthy version of the Rice Krispies treat that you and your kids may actually like better and you’ll feel good about eating them for breakfast.

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These Rice Krispies Fruit & Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars replace the marshmallow and butter with peanut butter, honey, and dried fruit. Paired with a cold glass of milk, it’s a perfectly delicious morning breakfast that can be eaten in the car or on-the-go!

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You can even make these to pack for school lunches, healthy treats to take to school (replace the peanut butter with sun butter for peanut-free school zones), or just a yummy afternoon snack. WARNING! These are so good that you have to practice a lot of self-control when you’re in the same room with these lol. Mike and I may or may not have eaten several in one day.

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Rice Krispies Fruit & Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (I used cranberries)
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies

Directions:
1. In 4-quart saucepan, combine honey and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to boil. Continue cooking and stirring 1 minute longer. Remove from heat.

2. Stir peanut butter, raisins and mixed fruit into hot mixture. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal and mix until cereal is coated. Press evenly into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2 1/4 x 1 1/2-inch bars. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Hot All-Bran Cereal with Bananas and Brown Sugar Recipe #KChamps

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National Breakfast Week

To celebrate National Breakfast Week, I am sharing a week’s worth of simple breakfast ideas! Yesterday, I shared Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits and today I want to share another family-favorite – Hot All-Bran Cereal with Bananas and Brown Sugar.

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I know what you’re thinking! All-Bran Cereal?

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Trust me on this. Please, please, please. Everyone and I mean everyone in my family – husband, 6 year old, baby, and myself included – love this dish. LOVE. It is super easy and super quick and perfect for those mornings when you just need something warm in your belly! (Oh and it also includes much-needed fiber that is lacking in many of our diets, but that will be our little secret!)

Did you know? Cereal is a convenient way to start the morning. Almost everyone can “make” a bowl of cereal. It’s a great way to get kids involved during family breakfasts.

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Hot All-Bran Cereal with Bananas and Brown Sugar Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup Kellogg’s® All-Bran® Original cereal
  • 2/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tsp brown sugar
  • Sliced banana

Directions

1. Place Kellogg’s® All-Bran® cereal and milk in microwave safe cereal bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute or until mixture starts to boil. Serve with desired amount of vanilla, brown sugar, bananas and additional milk, if desired.

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Olympic Party Treats & Crafts for Kids

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The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia officially kicked off this past Friday, February 7th. We are so excited to watch the games with our family and cheer on Team USA and Team Kellogg’s! To make it fun and festive, we decide to throw a little Olympic party complete with a few simple, but delicious treats!

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Olympic Torches made with Kellogg’s Corn Pops Cereal

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Ingredients:

7 cups corn pops cereal
1 10 oz. bag of large marshmallows
6 tbsp. unsalted butter
Ice cream cones (cake cones – with flat bottom)
Cooking spray

Directions:

In a large pot, melt 6 tbsp. of butter over medium high heat then add the 10 oz. bag of marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows have all melted. Remove pot from heat and add the corn pops cereal. Mix until all the corn pops are covered in the marshmallow mixture. Using your hands, pack the cones with the corn pop treat mixture. It’s a good idea to butter or spray your hands with cooking spray while packing the cones.

Olympic colors Rice Krispies Treats – get the recipe HERE.


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We also decided to do a fun Olympic craft!

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Olympic Gold Medal Froot Loop Necklaces

Supplies:

Froot Loops
Gold medals
Yarn, Twine or Ribbon String
Scissors
Tape

Instructions:
Precut yarn, twine, or ribbon in the length of a long necklace. Tie a Froot Loop to one end so that when your child goes to thread the necklace the cereal doesn’t fall off the string and wrap the other end with a small piece of tape so that it’s easier for your child to thread.

Have your child thread the necklace until it is halfway full of Froot Loops and then thread through the gold medal. Continue adding Froot Loops until full and tie together to form a necklace.

Now we’re ready to cheer on our favorites, including Team Kellogg’s listed below!

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Watch Team Kellogg’s Start Stories:

Amy Purdy – Snowboarder

Meryl Davis & Charlie White – Figure Skating

Maggie Voisin — Freeskiing Slopestyle

Noelle Pikus-Pace – Skeleton

Gretchen Bleiler – Snowboarder

Torin Yater-Wallace – Freeskiing

Ted Ligety – Alpine Skiing

Sarah Hendrickson – Ski Jumping

Heath Calhoun – Alpine Skiing

 

No Bake Holiday Treat: Peppermint Muddy Buddies Recipe #KChamps

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One of our favorite holiday treats are Peppermint Muddy Buddies. They are the perfect treat to enjoy while watching a Christmas movie by the fire! Crunchy, sweet, and the peppermint adds a festive touch. They are so easy to make and do not require any baking at all, which is a big plus this time of year when we’re all incredibly busy.

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Plus, there’s a twist! Instead of using a plain cereal – they are made with one of my favorite cereals – Kellogg’s Krave, which equals chocolatey goodness! It’s a crispy multi-grain cereal filled with chocolate. Yum!

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One thing – these Peppermint Muddy Buddies are quite addictive. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 12oz white chocolate candy melts
  • 1-2 tsp peppermint extract (depends on what you personally like – I use 2 tsp)
  • 8 cups Kellogg’s Krave cereal
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup peppermint candy canes, finely crushed or pulsed in a food processor until it’s sugar consistency
  • 3-4 additional candy canes, coarsely crushed to use as garnish

Instructions
Place cereal in a large zip top bag. Melt white chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals, mixing until melted. Add extract to melted chocolate and stir to combine. Pour melted chocolate over cereal in bag; secure bag and shake until cereal is evenly coated in chocolate. Open bag; add powdered sugar and crushed candy canes to cereal, secure bag, and shake until coated.

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Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe #EasyToDigest

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As you have probably noticed – I love pumpkin. I try to figure out ways – any way – that I can put it into all of my favorite treats. Waffles. Donuts. Cheesecake. Pasta. Even biscuits. And, now – pumpkin has made it’s way into a kid and grown-up favorite. The classic – Rice Krispies Treat.

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These tasty treats have actual pumpkin in the recipe – along with the traditional fall spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.

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As if that wasn’t enough, I then topped them with a thick slather of cinnamon-spiced cream cheese frosting. Let’s just say these didn’t last very long.

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They were very easy on the eyes and the tummy. You could say they were very easy to digest. Unlike those hard to digest parenting moments…like this one…

So cute, right?!

Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1 1/4 (20 oz total) bags mini marshmallows
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 12 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 block cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions

Spray 13 x p pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large pot, slowly melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in pumpkin and stir until combined. Add mini marshmallows and whisk regularly until completely melted. Remove from heat and add in salt, vanilla, and spices. Allow mixture to come to cool for about 10 minutes and then add the cereal. Stir until well combined.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and spread out evenly. Lay a piece of parchment paper over the top and with a second (smaller) pan – press down.


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Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. While the treats are in the refrigerator, prepare the frosting by beating the cream cheese and butter together until light and airy. Then, add the rest of the ingredients and beat until combined. When cooled for at least 1 hour, turn out the treats onto a cutting board.

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Using a very sharp chef’s knife, cut into squares. Top with frosting and ENJOY!

 

Making Memories Around the Breakfast Table: FREE Family Conversation Starters Printables

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One of the things that I have learned from being a parent over the past few years is that quality time is not synonymous with length of time spent with your kids. Quality time can come in short spurts throughout the day. Those ten minutes spent on the back porch eating an ice cream cone after dinner. Those five minutes spent talking about your day right before bed. Those ten minutes spent reading a book together. Those ten minutes spent talking on your way to and from school. Those twenty minutes spent talking at the dinner table or even the breakfast table. Breakfast time is a perfect time to catch up with your kids, learn more about one another, and prepare for the day. It’s these little moments that turn into memories that will last a lifetime.

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Every day is truly a BIG day.

So today, I wanted to share with you a set of printable conversation starters that I created. Hopefully, you can use them to kick-start some fun conversations in the morning with your family.

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To print your FREE Family Conversation Starters, click HERE.

In addition, I want to tell you about, Mini Mission – a wonderful partnership between Scholastic and Kellogg’s. Every month through December, families can participate in a new Mini Mission to receive free Scholastic books. Each mission that your family completes equals 2 FREE Scholastic books and you also receive an entry into a sweepstakes where 131 prizes will be awarded to schools and communities.

Visit www.Scholastic.com/MiniMissions to participate in Frosted Mini-Wheats “Mini” Missions. Or, collect Kellogg’s Great Starts Great Stories codes from participating Kellogg’s products to receive a free book, or “gift” a book to a school in need, through nonprofit literacy organization Books for Kids. Go to KelloggsFreeBook.com to learn more.

This month’s Mini Mission?

NOVEMBER: CONVERSATION BITES
This month, squeeze in extra family time with a fun conversation around the breakfast table!

The perfect time to print and use the Conversation Starters I provided above!