Family Friendly Fridays: Kelloggs Moms Club Breakfast!

It’s time for Family Friendly Friday again!  The link up will still be on the bottom for you to add your favorite kid friendly recipes, vacations, reviews, mom posts, etc., however I won’t be posting a recipe today.  Instead we’ll be chatting about the most important meal of the day, breakfast!

Do you remember waaaay back last month when I posted about heading up to New York for a Kelloggs Moms Club Breakfast?    Well that amazing event led me to the place I’m at today, sharing my very own Kelloggs breakfast with all of you!  The purpose of the breakfasts has been to get moms talking both online and offline about cereal, morning routines, and the foods that they incorporate into their children’s morning.  I learned so much along this journey and I can’t wait to share it all with you!

Of course, if you know me at all by this point, then you’ll know I had to get a bit creative and make sure my moms were well taken care of.  Here are some of the highlights from the breakfast setup:

Breakfast Fact 1: Did you know that the daily percentage of sugar kids consume from eating cereal is only 5%?

Upon showing up, the lucky ladies were treated to a wide array of Kelloggs cereals including Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, and Rice Krispies.  And once again, I had to step it up a notch by putting together a few extras to compliment the cereal bar.  On the menu in addition to cereal were some homemade All Bran cereal bars (you can find the recipe HERE) and homemade Special K with Brown Sugar and Pecans Monkey Bread (recipe coming soon!).  In honor of the amazing drinks Kelloggs served us when we were in New York, I also put together some homemade raspberry lemonade.  Can you say yummy?

Check out the sneak peak on this Special K Monkey Bread!

Fact Number 2: Did you know that it only costs 50 cents to feed your child a nutritious bowl of milk and cereal?

After filling up our bowls and plates with delicious food, everyone headed back to the table and started up the discussion.  We talked about the types of breakfast food we typically served our kids, how we handled the breakfast hour in each of our homes and how we defined a healthy breakfast.  Partway through the event Trinh, from Kelloggs, talked with us over Skype, educating us on cereal from an experts point of view and answering any questions that arose during the conversation.

Fact Number 3: 90% of moms serve cereal to their children for breakfast.

Finally, we finished off our event by discussing four important questions:

1. What are your go-to convenient breakfast options for your kids?

2. What do you think of when you think about breakfast cereal?

3. Name two to three things that come to mind when you think about breakfast cereal.

4. What types of foods do you serve to your kids when you want them to get the nutrients they need to start the day?

So now I’d love to hear about breakfast time in your house!  If you have kids, what types of foods do you feed them and what’s your breakfast routine?

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Disclosure: I am working in conjunction with Kelloggs and TheMotherhood as a host for this event and have received a stipend.

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29 Responses to “Family Friendly Fridays: Kelloggs Moms Club Breakfast!”

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    Katerina — September 17, 2010 @ 5:17 am

    Breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately my son drinks a glass of milk and then one hour after at school I give him a sandwich. Time does not allow us to give him cereals for breakfast.

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    Brenda — September 17, 2010 @ 7:01 am

    Hey Julie! Your Kelloggs breakfast looks so much fun. What a neat idea. :o ) My kids are grown so I don’t have to worry about that anymore, lol, and I confess to eating my breakfast at my work desk every morning and yes, I eat cereal! (But not Kelloggs, sssshhhhh…….) :o ) Have a great day!

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    Emily Z — September 17, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    I am not a mom yet, but I have to say, I would participate in this if I was a mom for those adorable cereal wine charms! :)

    • Julie replied: — September 17th, 2010 @ 11:00 am

      Thanks Emily!!

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    Sandra Simmons — September 17, 2010 @ 11:00 am

    “Breakfast Fact 1: Did you know that the daily percentage of sugar kids consume from eating cereal is only 5%?” Just to clarify, are you trying to tell people that these breakfast cereals are good for them?

    • Julie replied: — September 17th, 2010 @ 11:08 am

      Hey Sandra!

      I think every mom needs to make the decision for their family as to what they feel is a nutritious breakfast for their child.

      I placed that fact up there because many times there is a misperception as to how much sugar a child actually gets from eating a bowl of cereal. I know in our group when we asked the question, answers ranged as high as 25 to 50%.

      I appreciate you asking!

      • Sandra Simmons replied: — September 17th, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

        Hmmm, I don’t think feelings are really involved when determining nutrition. The cereal is tasty to be sure! I love it! But I think this is a downplaying of the fact that nutritionally there’s little to it. I think you did a great job of presenting everything. It’s all beautiful! And I love your blog. But to me, and this is just my opinion, this could be construed as something I don’t feel it is. A nutritious breakfast. I’m just sayin.

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    Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective — September 17, 2010 @ 11:55 am

    What fun! We do simple healthy breakfasts on school mornings and big breakfasts on Saturday!

    The kids love a quick scrambles egg with cheese on an english muffin–that’s probably the favorite when we’re in a hurry!

    Love the link tool–I’ve just been researching that this morning and found inlinkz.com!

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — September 17, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

    Looks like a good time was had by all!

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    5 Star Foodie — September 17, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

    We definitely like cereal for our breakfasts and sometimes organic pop tarts.

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    Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron — September 17, 2010 @ 5:05 pm

    I grew up in a family that doesn’t eat breakfast. Can you believe that?! haha. So, as an adult at this age, my breakfast is a cup of coffee and sometime with banana. The event sounded like a fun event with lots of cereal! Love the fun facts you provided and some are crazy :) Have a good weekend Julie!

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice — September 17, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

    When the boys were little, I gave them unflavored cheerios for snacks but today they are not too keen on cereals. I do use rice krispies and corn flakes occasionally to make treats and cookies.

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    Kate Murphy — September 17, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

    That was so much fun! I was happy to be a part of it.

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    CupyCakey — September 17, 2010 @ 7:04 pm

    I’m loving the cereal charms on the drinks. I use charms for every party we have! Such cute ideas….I’ll be trying some over the weekend!

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — September 17, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

    Oh cereal. Many a good memory of a late night bowl of cereal while growing up. Oh wait, this was about breakfast. Shoot.

    What can I say, it’s an all purpose snack that also doubles as a great breakfast! :)

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    Sarah @ Mum In Bloom — September 17, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

    Hey Julie :) I love love cereal. It’s the one convenience food I’m finding the most difficult to give up and am not sure I ever will. We have cereal in the morning and for our bedtime snack – hubby too! I’m all for making everything from scratch but cereal is tough to replace ;o)

    The displays of cereals and such above is so pretty and sophisticated.

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    Anna Johnston — September 18, 2010 @ 1:03 am

    Well., I’m not a Mom yet, & I’ve never really warmed to eating first thing (not from any lack of upbringing though.., my Mom tried just about every imaginable combination to temp & tantalise), but still to this day I’d much rather just have fruit at about 10am & then the eat-a-thon is on for one & all. I pretty much clock up 3 little snacks & one main meal a day, seems to work for me.

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — September 18, 2010 @ 6:01 pm

    wow looks like you did an awesome job! Very creative the way you laid things out – it looks so fancy…and are those fruit loops around wine goblets?? wonderful :)

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    Michelle @ Find Your Balance — September 18, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

    I’m not much of a cereal person, admittedly. For breakfasts I love making these healthy banana bars with no sugar and real whole grains – http://bit.ly/a8rAW6

    • Julie replied: — September 18th, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

      Michelle, Those look tasty!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Chef Dennis — September 18, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

    at school I give my girls a few choices, fresh baked muffins, bagels, cold cereal, hot cereal, fresh cut fruit, yogurt, yogurt parfaits, and then a rotation of breakfast sandwiches, waffles, french toast, and pancakes.

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    JDaniel4's Mom — September 19, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

    JDaniel usually eats the same thing for breakfast each morning. There is cottage cheese, raisins, cereal, and fruit. During August I used Muffin Tin Monday to get him to explore other breakfast foods.

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    Lamb — September 19, 2010 @ 6:10 pm

    I never realized how cute Fruit Loop decor could be! :)

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    Melissa (My McDonald Meal) — September 19, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

    I have two big oatmeal fans here. We do everything from old fashion oats, steel cut oats, to great gluten free corn and rice hot cereal from Bob’s Red Mill. These tend to be our main breakfast item during the week. But of course I love french toast (as seen plenty of times on my blog), scones and pancakes!

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    rebecca — September 19, 2010 @ 10:34 pm

    umm interesting facts but as a Dietitian I hate sugary kids cereal and don’t buy it much my daughter often eats eggs for breakfast or a mix of a sweet cereal with unsweet i like weetabix a healthy British cereal
    india was fun overall will chat in person Wed lol Rebecca

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    Jami @ freckled laundry — September 20, 2010 @ 1:06 am

    Cute party, Julie. Very colorful! Love how you used Fruit Loops for glass charms. :) Interesting fact about the 5% of sugar…I bet the other 95% comes from school lunches.

    1. What are your go-to convenient breakfast options for your kids?
    For the kids: Bananas w/Nutella, Nutrigrain breakfast bars or the kellog’s vanilla bars, scrambled eggs, warmed apples sprinkled with cinnamon, toast, and bagels. Whey/Soy Protein shakes with fresh fruit (usually banana strawberry) & flax seed, occasionally cereal…Cheerios (plain & strawberry yogurt) & Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Apple Jacks. Me: Steal cut oats w/frozen blueberries (because I’m the only one that will eat them), Cinnamon Toast Crunch or a shake!

    2. What do you think of when you think about breakfast cereal?
    High in sugar. I could eat cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner but I don’t…would if I was single though! Low in nutritional value considering we are teaching children that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

    3. Name two to three things that come to mind when you think about breakfast cereal.
    Delicious, CONVENIENT, commericials…

    4. What types of foods do you serve to your kids when you want them to get the nutrients they need to start the day? See above.

    Thanks for asking, Julie!
    Hope you had a wonderful weekend,
    Jami

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    Karen of 3G2S — September 21, 2010 @ 7:38 am

    Wow! Everything looks so great Julie!! You are so creative. :)

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    Holly L — September 22, 2010 @ 5:50 pm

    Special K Monkey Bread! We love our cereal here…hubby eats it all the time. It what what the kids eat for breakfast every day! What a fun event. I think the cereal on and in the glasses is fun and colorful too.

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    Maranda — September 23, 2010 @ 11:31 am

    Oh I am all over that sneak peek! Looks good! I’m so glad you are doing this Kellogg’s thing. I am going to get a lot of great ideas from you!

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