Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Celebration of Cereal

I used to end up buried in a box of cereal; my arm digging down to the very depths of the cardboard box in search for the elusive prize at the bottom. As it turns out, the pieces I passed up with each finger were the real prizes.  Take a stroll down the cereal aisle and you’ll be wooed by bright colors and various textures, enlarged enough to make our stomachs pang with delight. 

Cereal was and will always be a staple in our house.  The night before a school day, our kitchen table is a staging area. The bowls and spoons are set out the night before, each it it’s place waiting for hungry kids to bound down the stairs and tear into cereal boxes of Lucky Charms, Cocoa Puffs, and even Corn Chex. Yes, for real. My middle daughter can’t get enough of those crunchy squares.  No matter what their choice, the boxes stand at attention, ready to serve.

There just isn’t time in the morning to get much done and getting everything ready the night before always works out for the best when it comes to getting children to school and myself on time.

My morning routine is pretty standard. I get up early, take a shower, and get dressed for work.  The last thing I want in the morning is to start my day with a complicated decision. Making the decision the night before means that I not only have something to look forward to but I have one less decision to make that day.

I’m teaching kids again so that means I need to be on top of my game when it comes to a nutritious breakfast I need something that is fast and easy but also worth the limited time I have; for my family, and me that choice is easy. It is always cereal.

This #NationalCerealDay, I’ll be celebrating with my family with cereals from General Mills.  Every kid has a different favorite as is indicated by the rainbow of boxes on our kitchen table at the ready.

Cereal has always been there for us through the different stages in our lives as well as our children.  They grew up eating Cheerios to master eye-hand coordination and my kids get stressed out if there aren’t at least eight different varieties to choose from in our pantry.

My kids know that they just need to make sure that dad gets his Golden Grahams. There’s just something about them that I can’t resist.  It’s been my go-to cereal ever since college, filling in for meals I knew I wouldn’t enjoy or didn’t have time for on the run.

Cereal as we know it has changed for the better since then. General Mills has dedicated themselves to removing the ingredients that our bodies don’t need, eliminating the use of high fructose corn syrup and removing artificial flavors and colors that our bodies don’t need, making sure the nutrients and whole grains we do need are there when we need them.

When the day starts to wind down, cereal is also a good snack. My kids don’t always like getting their protein from dinner so an after-school snack of cereal with milk can provide that missing component from their day.

And when the day is over and the kids are in bed, sometimes my wife and I gather together for cereal for two. The kids aren’t there to complain about us taking their favorites and we reward ourselves for a job well done. That is, until the alarm clock goes off and we do it all over again.  

Do you have fond memories of cereal?  For National Cereal Day this March 7th, General Mills and I would love to help one family celebrate their favorites by telling us about your favorite cereals. 

Which Big G cereal do you covet? Is there one you hide from the kids and won’t share?  Leave a comment below with your favorite General Mills Big G cereal and you could win a #NationalCerealDay prize pack like the one pictured below.  

*Contest open to adults age 18 and over. US Residents only. One winner will be chosen at random from entries. Must provide a valid email address to claim your prize. Winners have 24 hours to respond to prize rewarding email and provide an address and phone number for delivery.

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This post is sponsored by General Mills Cereal. I was provided with compensation and the items shown above from General Mills Big G Cereals in celebration of #NationalCerealDay. All opinions expressed are my own. 


  1. Lucky charms!!! I never, ever share.

  2. I love Golden Grahams too! Also Honeycombs. Those are the two I don't like to share. But my faves are the usual suspects. Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms, Honey Oh's:)

  3. I LOVE Lucky Charms!
    Entry Name- Heather Hayes Panjon

  4. I love me some Cinnamon Toast Crunch. But my wife says I should stick to cheerios.

  5. My son's favorite cereal is Cinnamon Toast Crunch. He's a finicky eater but is regularly content with that cereal.

  6. I love general mills cereal, especially Honey nut Cheerios. and I trust their products.

  7. For my kids and I, we love the original Cheerios. Simple and tasty!

  8. keep your hands off my honey nut Cheerios!

  9. We keep a box of either lucky charms or cinnamon toast crunch hidden from the kids and have it after they go to bed as dessert!

  10. I love honey nut cheerios and we love hide and seek game with kids

  11. Cheerios and Corn Chex- been living on those for years.

  12. My wife and son DESTROY Cheerios and Raisin Bran. I also hide my Golden Grahams when we have them. (My mom taught me to use the stove around 6 years old because I wanted eggs every morning.)

  13. Oh for me its the Lucky Charms! Oh my favorite since I was little. I do share though. :)

  14. My favorite General Mills cereal is Honey Nut Cheerios! I don't have to resort to hiding it because I keep the pantry overstocked!

  15. Honey nut Cheerios was, and still is, my go to cereal since my Army days. Occasionally some Licky charms, though i could do without the marshmallows, yes i know im weird. But it works out quite well for my daughter as those are her favorite.