A Year with NO Cereal

A few years ago my children where eating tons of cereal.  I wanted them to eat healthier, but cereal really IS easy and convenient.    I made a New Year’s resolution to go the entire year without buying cereal.   The kids could eat it when we visited the grandparents, but I was not buying cereal for an entire year!  Could I go the year with NO CEREAL!

I made a New Year's resolution to not buy cereal for a year and I did it! NO CEREAL!! Could you do it? Could you go a cereal without cereal?

A Year with NO Cereal

When I was growing up, I had cereal a lot.  I’m allergic to eggs and I didn’t even know how to make breakfast. I was googling, how to make french toast and how to scramble an egg.  I never thought I would be cooking eggs almost every morning.

The first month was pretty tough. I was so tired of getting up and making breakfast.  The kids were tired of the same things too, scrambled eggs, toast, and fruit.   I had to get some more breakfast foods in the mix and ended up having to sit down and plan my menu out not just for dinner, but for breakfast as well.   After the first month, I was getting the hang of it.  It was no longer a chore to make breakfast first thing in the morning anymore.  I made sure I had a lot of different foods available so I could change the menu up if I needed to.  The kids were really enjoying the new foods and stopped asking for cereal after the first few weeks.

Here are some of our favorite breakfasts that are quick and easy to make.

I started to simplify things.

I started-

  • making a double recipe of muffins and freezing half.
  • boiling 6 eggs and putting in extra into the refrigerator for another day or snack.
  • making my sausage all at once and then I just had to reheat in the microwave.
  • doubling my waffle recipe and froze what we didn’t eat. (Here’s a good pumpkin waffle recipe.)

I have gone back to buying a little cereal, but I still make breakfast about 5 days a week.  It doesn’t seem such a big deal to make french toast or scambled eggs anymore.  I have a griddle and can cook 6 pieces of french toast at a time.  When I have a few minutes during the day, I make a batch of waffles and freeze to eat another day.  Now it’s a habit to get up and make breakfast.

I am so glad I did this year without cereal.  I loved completing this challenge I made for myself and now the kids are getting a healthy, more balanced breakfast.  Could you do it?

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2 Responses

  1. Jaime says:

    That’s really cool! My daughter is only 17 months so cereal has pretty much just been dry snacks. I’ve never like it much myself because I never stay full! =) It’s pretty easy to get the hang of making breakfast. I like to freeze pancakes/waffles/muffins, and I do a few crockpot breakfasts that cook overnight.

  2. Carissa says:

    That’s awesome that you made it a year! The more I know about cereal, the less tempted I am to buy it, but gosh, the store practically pays me to take it home sometimes so I get sucked in.
    One thing I do that keeps the kids on board with my “no cereal” phases is offer them something wacky for breakfast, like cookies or a piece of cake — today, it was popsicles. But each of these [homemade] items actually has less refined and/or natural sugar than any cereal, toast with jam, or pancakes, so what’s the difference, right? Just the fun!

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