National Hot Breakfast Month

February is National Hot Breakfast Month. Let’s pretend this holiday was not invented by Jimmy Dean and talk about benefits of a hot breakfast.

For many years I was the cereal queen. I had more cereal in my cupboards than a small grocery store. I love cereal and if I was single I would probably eat it twice a day. Once I had a lot of kids I realized cereal was not the best option for our family.

First, cereal is expensive. I know many people who purchase cereal for next to nothing, I have too. Many times though that cereal is the “sugary” kind that loads your kids up with artificial colors and lots of sugar first thing in the morning. I have also found that my kids are hungry about 2 hours later after eating this type of cereal. If I am able to purchase a box of cereal for a $1 my kids can and do eat an entire box for breakfast. They also use a gallon of milk. This puts my breakfast cost at about $3.50.

Second, cereal might not be the healthiest option. There are some healthy cereals on the market, and there are unhealthy hot breakfasts (cinnamon rolls comes to mind). But in general, hot breakfasts are a healthier option if prepared correctly.

Hot breakfasts are “greener.” Cereals come with excessive packaging and some with cheap toys made in China. Hot breakfasts when made from scratch produce less waste.

Avoiding cereal removes an entire marketing outlet to your children. I have not seen a cereal box that does not promote some toy or idea to children. There are even cereals that are in the shapes of television characters. Removing this from our home is removing a temptation from my children. If they don’t see it every morning, they don’t want it!

The Challenge

Try giving up cold cereal for one month. Hey February is the shortest month, it won’t be so bad, right? In order to help each other, each Wednesday I will put up a Mr. Linky and you can link a breakfast recipe. It doesn’t have to be fancy just something your family likes and is relatively easy to prepare. In fact it doesn’t even have to be a hot breakfast, the point is to rid ourselves of cold cereal, so if you have a great breakfast smoothie recipe post please share!  I can’t wait to discover new recipes so I am not serving my family scrambled eggs every day for a month. The first Mr. Linky will go up February 4th.

For those of you not quite up to the challenge, please link your recipes too. We need all the help we can get!


Hot Breakfasts work for us… what Works for You?

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  1. I love oatmeal for breakfast in the winter! As a kid I loved cold cereal (still do)! My oldest and my husband rarely eat breakfast….I know, I know, but what can you do?

    Recently, my hubby has been keeping some oatmeal at his office and eating some there if he gets hungry.

  2. Not being milk people (even growing up) cereal was more of a snack than a meal. We do a hot breakfast at least once a week here. Either eggs or baked oatmeal or french toast.

  3. Great idea Toni! I am not a fan of making breakfast and letting my children fend for themselves usually means that they are eating cereal, poptarts or other junk. I am looking forward to some inspiration for that dreaded morning meal!

  4. I’m also glad you’re doing this. I try to feed my kids something healthy before they hit the bus, especially on cold mornings. I don’t really use recipes, though, more pancakes and waffles made from a boxed mix. We also feeze muffins ahead of time or make egg sandwiches with toast and microwavable bacon. Maybe I’ll write about my 3-minute egg sandwich routine.

    Anyway, thanks for doing things like this. I’m sure my kids would love some new breakfast options.


  5. I really do need to break out my griddle for homemade pancakes, LOL!
    You can make French Toast and freeze it ahead of time. Just make it the way you usually do, but cook it in the oven (that way you can make 8 or so pieces at once) on a cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick spray. I cook mine at 350 degrees, 7 minutes on one side and 3 on the other. I freeze the pieces separately, then put them all in a zipper bag. You just pop them into the toaster or microwave when you want them.

  6. This sounds really basic, but it is one of our favorites.
    We call it Thai breakfast, although they generally do not eat eggs for breakfast.
    Scramble some eggs or make a small omelet and serve with a cup of cooked rice. (of course brown rice is better, but we eat white jasmine rice most of the time.)
    We like to spice it up with some sweet chili sauce or regular hot sauce.
    Yum! My husband and I eat that more often than anything else, and it keeps us full and going until lunch.
    It works for us. 🙂

  7. I love to freeze extras of pancakes, muffins, etc. I also make homemade granola. The only time that I buy unsweetened cereal like plain cheerios is when there is an awesome deal and they are close to nothing.
    Looking forward to the hot breakfast recipes!

  8. The only thing that’s hard for me is that my hubby hates eggs, so I have to work around that. Can’t have waffles and pancakes everyday.

  9. I actually posted on breakfast for this WFMW edition so I am also really looking forward to hearing all the ideas and recipes. Thanks!

  10. I love this idea! And I was JUST thinking today, “It sure seems like the kids are defaulting to cereal a lot lately…” I didn’t even consider the cost of the milk, but I just bought 8 boxes of Cheerios and 4 boxes of Rice Krispies for next to nothing. It might kill me to store all that cereal for a month, but I do like a good challenge!!!

  11. We gave up cold cereal two years ago. I have lots of hot breakfast ideas to share with you!

  12. I just blogged about this recently with Moms Best Cereals, saying how, when/if we buy it, we’ll buy theirs. No marketing. No toys. Organic, good, inexpensive. But it is a RARE thing for us to have cereal – more of a snack than a breakfast. I make breakfast every morning, or premake it to be heated for breakfast (like premade from-scratch pancakes, waffles, french toast, pumpkin bread..) Huge advocate for nice, hot breakfasts too!

    Tell me more about your Nutrimill I think its called? For grains? I’m contemplating one…

  13. Great Idea!
    I’m really excited to find some new breakfast options 🙂
    My son is allergic to dairy and eggs, so I’m always looking for some alternatives to the cold cereal….can’t wait!

  14. my favourite is baked oatmeal … but with no kids I don’t get up early enough to make it for myself before work. (but my parents do)

    Last christmas I even made up baked oatmeal kits as presents (all the dry stuff, plus spices and vanilla)

    I use this recipe as a basis, and play with the details

    … usually I stir in chopped apples, and I don’t add sugar (though my husband adds some with milk to his bowl)

    the leftovers are good reheated in the microwave, or cold 🙂

    at christmas, I set up a batch in our rice cooker for the first person up to start (left the milk in the fridge) … it worked really well.

  15. steel cut oats…yum! A nice hot breakfast not only fills us up, but keeps us full for longer. The kids do like cereal for a snack though….No cereal for a month??? Perhaps we’re up for the challenge.

  16. We love variety in our breakfast. Cereal is very low on the list. Oatmeal, pancakes, frenchtoast, eggs and fixings are the norm at our house. Dry cereal is consumed mostly as a snack at our house. We buy in bulk and only buy healthier stuff like shredded wheat, cherrios, and life. I grew up on a farm and cereal was unheard of for breakfast! We had it when we came home from school as a snack ( with milk).

  17. Neat meme idea ! I guess right now I am a plain jane in this department. I do not buy cold cereals but we make oatmeal 95% of the time. I do make Red River ( mulitgrain hot cereal)and Cream of Wheat here and there. I am thankful I make these for ALL the reasons you listed. [0= I got the makings to make lowfat homemade granola this week end though.

    Blessings and ((HUGS))
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  18. Just reading this post makes me miss Cream of Wheat. Yum! We are on a strict gluten free diet around hear so I will have to think about what I could contribute. We mostly eat fruit and nuts around here for breakfast.

  19. What a great reminder AND a wonderful challenge! I’m looking forward to seeing contributions for ideas, and I sure hope I can think of something, too.

  20. You make a fabulous point about hot breakfast. We need to get through our immense amount of cold cereal first, but your article for sure reminded me about both eating a good breakfast and using up what you have on hand. I linked this in my Sunday post, as well as your paper control post. 🙂

  21. curlietop says:

    My crew doesn’t really like cold cereal. I have kind of devised a weekly plan of hot meals. Monday-Oatmeal, Tuesday-Muffins(various sorts), Wednesday-Eggs and Toast, Thursday-Biscuits, Friday- Pancakes with a protien source. Saturday is a work day around here and I usually have whatever breakfast breads are left over from the week. The best part about this is that I don’t have to thinktoo hard and I can prepare for the morning the night before. I have this list posted on the side of the fridge and the first one up (that is old enough) can get things started. Works for us.

  22. I have a great Granola Recipe on my Blog, that is wonderful on hot cereal. It makes Oatmeal or other hot cereal a special treat….

  23. Whoops I forgot that you can’t see my blog…(silly) Here is the recipe…
    a.k.a. “Daddy’s Birdseed”
    Long story, I have made this granola for years and when my son was small, he would watch Daddy sprinkle it onto his morning cereal. He said one day, “Daddy why are you eating birdseed?” Through the eyes of a child, it must have looked like birdseed.
    This recipe, has become a family favorite. You can sprinkle it over cereal, hot oatmeal, yogurt, sprinkle on top of muffins before baking, or eat it by the handful.
    I don’t add raisins for a reason. When baking your granola, the raisins get rather hard, and they become rather hard on the teeth you might say, but you can always add them later, or better yet add dried cranberries or other dried fruits. After baking.
    So sit back and enjoy our “Daddy’s Birdseed”
    4 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
    1 Cup Wheat Germ
    1/2 Oat Bran
    1/2 cup Brown Sugar
    1/2 cup chopped pecans
    1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    1/2 cup chopped almonds
    1 teaspoon Sea Salt (optional, for those with no or low salt diets)
    Mix together the ingredients above
    In a separate bowl, mix together ingredients below
    1/4 cup water
    1/3 cup canola oil (or other high quality vegetable oil)
    1/2 cup honey
    1/4 cup pure maple syrup
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and mix well
    Pour granola over 2 large greased cookie sheets (with rims, will be less messy)
    Spread as thin as you can and Bake in a 300 oven. (If you have to put on two separate racks in the oven, just remember to rotate them so one of the batches don’t overcook)
    Bake for 1 hour or so, turning with a spatula every 20 minutes or so
    Don’t overcook, it will get a sort of burnt taste if you do.
    The edges will brown faster than the middle, so turn frequently
    Cool in the pans. When totally cool, (add additional dried fruits at this point if desired) put in a big Large Ziploc Bag
    Label and Date (but it will not last long, anyway, it will be eaten!)

  24. My son has been interested in helping with breakfast, check out the “kolaches” he made this morning:

  25. Dana H in Ohio says:

    We just returned from San Diego, where we enjoyed a great granola, fruit, and soymilk breakfast that was heated using an espresso machine. The cook told us that they had tried different ways to heat the mixture, but this was the best. Have you heard of this? It was excellent!

  26. Don’t forget breakfast tacos! Home fries, scrambled eggs, grated cheese, salsa on a warmed tortilla! Thanks for all the great ideas!!


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