The Breakfast Squeeze


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Schoolday mornings at our house tend to be Wham! Bam! Thank you, ma'am! affairs. I prefer to snooze in bed until I absolutely have to get up -- and then stay in bed five minutes longer. The kids don't start getting ready until I do, so we have 40 minutes at most to get dressed, eat breakfast, pack lunch, and walk to school. It's a mad rush, but I swear there is order in the chaos.


Weekday breakfast? Um, yeah, in your dreams. Or in Alfie's dreams, anyway.


Having a quick breakfast is a crucial component on schooldays -- my routine assumes that the kids make their own breakfast and clean it up themselves, since I use that time to make their lunches (and to wash whatever bottles or sandwich boxes I was too lazy to wash the day before). That means the kids eat milk and cereal almost exclusively from Monday till Friday. Sometimes they ask for oatmeal, and on good days I'll make it for them, but on bad days I look them in the eye and ask them, "Oatmeal?? Look at me! I don't even have time to get my own breakfast! I'm doing all this stuff for you. Do you really think I have two extra minutes to microwave your oatmeal?!" (imagine a low-pitched voice, rising gradually in an operatic crescendo, ending on a hysterical note). They usually get the picture and head for the cereal cupboard.

Yes, I'm a tyrannical Morning Mommy Dearest, but my morning routine is like a finely-tuned precision instrument: throw a cog in it (like discovering we've run out of bread for sandwiches or realizing that The Pea didn't do her homework the night before), and everything falls apart. And when the morning routine falls apart, mommy falls apart and turns into a crabby, stressed haridan. So the kids pour themselves Special K and Mini Wheats for breakfast -- along with a bright-eyed, smiling June Cleaver Mommy.



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118 comments, leave yours here:

Matt on August 31, 2010 at 9:24 AM said...

My favorite, but not so healthy, go-to breakfast is donuts from a local donut shop. I can be in and out quickly on the way to work.

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Mami2jcn on August 31, 2010 at 9:34 AM said...

When I'm in a big rush, I grab a granola bar.

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Elaine on August 31, 2010 at 11:46 AM said...

I usually grab an apple or banana.

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Kelly Massman on August 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM said...

i grab a protein bar!
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RooRoo on August 31, 2010 at 1:51 PM said...
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RooRoo on August 31, 2010 at 1:57 PM said...

My quick go to is a piece of fruit or snack bag of trail mix. Trader Joe's has an awesome pre-packed almond/cashew/dried cranberry mix (and they don't charge more for the prepackaged!).

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Anne on August 31, 2010 at 1:59 PM said...

Cereal in a baggie! Or smoothies that I had all set up the night before to just blend and go.

AutumH said...

I love it when I have extra pancakes leftover from cooking them for my kids because I just freeze them in a zip-loc baggy and put them in the toaster when we're tight on time for future breakfasts.

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Jill on August 31, 2010 at 5:01 PM said...

In a rush we go with NutriGrain bars.

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Liz on August 31, 2010 at 5:11 PM said...

When we are in a hurry I love to grab a Natures Path toaster pasty especially the blueberry ones and a glass of Simply Orange juice. Healthy and on the go

AStarrA on August 31, 2010 at 6:42 PM said...

Daughter always has a smoothie with fruit, veggies, soy protein and p.b. that I make on Sunday and put in five different cups; that way she can just grab one each morning.
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Tabathia on August 31, 2010 at 7:27 PM said...

I usually just grab a bagel or a cereal bar
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Brooke on August 31, 2010 at 8:15 PM said...

I would say my rush breakfast would be dunkin donuts. Love their hazelnut ice coffee!

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shelly on August 31, 2010 at 11:16 PM said...

It's usually coffee to go and a piece of fruit
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Elaine on September 1, 2010 at 5:09 AM said...

When I AM hungry for breakfast and am in a hurry, I will grab either a granola bar or a muffin that I have prepackeged in sandwich bags and put in the freezer.
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jmerenberg on September 1, 2010 at 6:02 AM said...

We usually have cereal every day, but if its a rush we stop at Dunkin Donuts and the boys will eat a bagel and cream cheese and I will have the lowfat egg and turkey sausage on flatbread YUM!

Katie on September 1, 2010 at 6:34 AM said...

A bowl of cereal is my quickie breakfast.

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Linh C. on September 1, 2010 at 6:50 AM said...

Fiber One bar.

Rachel on September 1, 2010 at 6:52 AM said...

Granola bars save me when I'm in a rush and wouldn't even eat breakfast otherwise!
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cookiesANDclogs on September 1, 2010 at 7:29 AM said...

Chocolate Frosted Mini-Wheats or Eggo Waffles.
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jennifernm on September 1, 2010 at 9:12 AM said...

Poptart, banana, or granola bar. Sometimes I freeze the leftover pancakes from the weekend. Then I can just pop it in the microwave or toaster and I'm good to go!

Patty on September 1, 2010 at 11:32 AM said...

I'll grab fruit, something left over in the fridge or a toaster waffle with peanut butter.

bayctygrl on September 1, 2010 at 2:21 PM said...

my on the go rush breakfast is nestle's chocolate milk! haha healthy huh?

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gmissycat on September 1, 2010 at 4:41 PM said...

In a hurry I will throw together Quaker instant oatmeal and a coffee!
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sy on September 1, 2010 at 5:36 PM said...

my favorite go-to breakfast when time is tight is bananas, it's fast to eat and digest.
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Racingjourno on September 1, 2010 at 8:05 PM said...

My go to breakfast, when time is tight, is a protein shake or cold cereal with low fat milk.

bepoia on September 2, 2010 at 7:14 AM said...

My favorite quick breakfast is yougurt and a banana
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Lori A. on September 2, 2010 at 7:40 AM said...

Bananas are super easy to eat when you're in a time crunch.
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Mom2anutball on September 2, 2010 at 1:05 PM said...

My favorite is cereal bars or bananas when we are in a rush!

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Amy on September 2, 2010 at 1:17 PM said...

I make what we call egg o' muffin sandwiches and bag them for the freezer on the weekend. Then my 15 yo who is always running late can grab and heat.

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Deb on September 2, 2010 at 2:45 PM said...

When I’m in a rush, I grab a yogurt that I can eat at my desk in the morning, and I always have a can of cashews or almonds in my drawer.

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Amy on September 2, 2010 at 5:29 PM said...

I grab a yogurt and some fruit on my way out the door.

Almost Crazy Coupon Lady on September 2, 2010 at 7:08 PM said...

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Betty N on September 3, 2010 at 2:27 AM said...

Our go to fav on morning we are rushed is cold cereal or pancakes that I made ahead and froze. Sometimes a piece of fresh fruit with it

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Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach on September 3, 2010 at 7:15 AM said...

My go to breakfast is cereal bar, breakfast shake, or fruit smoothie. Thanks!

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mom2boys on September 3, 2010 at 7:48 AM said...

In a rush a go for a granola bar and banana. Thanks!

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Norma said...

Donuts or a sweet roll - I'm trying to GAIN some weight
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LAMusing on September 3, 2010 at 12:12 PM said...

I grab a few crackers or a Special K bar and a piece of fruit I can eat easily in the car
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Kerry on September 3, 2010 at 12:22 PM said...

I will grab a Clif bar for the road if I'm in a hurry.
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Ali on September 3, 2010 at 4:30 PM said...

I love breakfast, I would eat it for every meal if I could! If I have the time, I love to make french toast or crepes, but most mornings I just have cereal and a piece of toast.

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Carol on September 3, 2010 at 7:14 PM said...

If I have bananas, those are the easiest to grab. Pop Tarts or granola bars are next. Then maybe prepackaged peanut butter and crackers.

JC on September 3, 2010 at 11:15 PM said...

I grab granola bars when I’m in a hurry.

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Eileen on September 4, 2010 at 2:32 AM said...

Our GO TO quick breakfast foods are cereals, poptarts, sometimes granola bars and fruit! We set it out the night before on our table because we KNOW we are loungers! Sometimes if we have a TINY bit more time, the kids will have toasted waffles spread with peanut butter and sometimes loaded with sliced fruit and then folded to go! With a quick glass of milk this actually becomes a hurried & HARDY meal! I do mine with rice cakes since i have gluten issues!

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Nicole on September 4, 2010 at 6:28 AM said...

My favorite go-to breakfast when I am in a rush is toast with peanut butter or a butter, cinnamon, and a touch of sugar.

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Shel on September 4, 2010 at 8:13 AM said...

Cereal bars, cold Pop Tarts, a banana, donuts, squeeze yogurt or even oatmeal raisin cookies when we're short on time and don't even have time for cold cereal.

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Natalie on September 4, 2010 at 10:25 AM said...

If I need to grab something that I can eat in the car while driving, a Nutri-Grain bar is my breakfast of choice. They're not messy, they taste good, and I think they're good for you (I love the new superfruit fusion--cherry pomegranate)
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Soggy Cereal Mom on September 4, 2010 at 10:42 AM said...

I love making a quick banana smoothie. (sometimes I add a little peanut butter)

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Kacie on September 4, 2010 at 1:14 PM said...

Frozwen waffles are great in a pinch!

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susan1215 on September 4, 2010 at 1:35 PM said...

We grab some fruit or granola bar is we are running late

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wholesomewomanhood on September 4, 2010 at 3:19 PM said...

Bagels and cream cheese...

Nicole on September 4, 2010 at 6:10 PM said...

Bananas and yogurt are our go to breakfast food when we are rushed!

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coriwestphal on September 4, 2010 at 7:56 PM said...

Toast is a good one. It's fast and easy and you can take it on the run!

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Angel Jacklyn on September 4, 2010 at 8:28 PM said...

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janetfaye on September 4, 2010 at 10:12 PM said...

When I am in a hurry for Breakfast I eat a cup of Vanilla Yogurt and or a Banana.

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BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) on September 4, 2010 at 11:27 PM said...

A granola bar or power bar and a banana in the car while I'm dropping off the kids at school and heading to work!

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shane_sarna on September 5, 2010 at 5:28 AM said...

Peanut butter and jelly toast and a banana in a hurry!
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jakiesmom on September 5, 2010 at 6:04 AM said...

if we are running late i give my son a granola bar as we head out the door
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Barbarawr on September 5, 2010 at 7:36 AM said...

I pack up 2 homemade muffins and my daughter eats them in her first period class - whether we're late or not

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Dolphin Girl on September 5, 2010 at 10:33 AM said...

We pour some cereal into a zippy bag to eat in the car. Email in profile

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PauleyD on September 5, 2010 at 12:34 PM said...

I grab a cereal bar and a thermos of milk.

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lmurley2000 on September 5, 2010 at 2:16 PM said...

i usually just grab a honey bun on the go

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marybug2 on September 5, 2010 at 2:42 PM said...

I GRAB A PIECE OF TOAST AND SOME PEACHES.
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CherylS22 on September 5, 2010 at 3:19 PM said...

My favorite grab & run breakfast is a pack of Lance peanut butter crackers and a banana. Thanks for the giveaway!
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JOZIE1421 on September 5, 2010 at 4:06 PM said...

Just love a yogurt with sliced strawberries!
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sweetone624 on September 5, 2010 at 4:28 PM said...

I love to just grab a toasted waffle and eat in the car. It is quick and easy.

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Deanna G. on September 5, 2010 at 5:41 PM said...

My favorite is granola bars!

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Pop-Tarts!

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Carolsue on September 5, 2010 at 9:48 PM said...

I stick an Eggo Waffle in the Toaster and I'm good to go!
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Lori on September 6, 2010 at 7:49 AM said...

Dry cereal in a baggie--I'm so classy.
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Anonymous said...

my go to - in a hurry breakfast is apple & string cheese!
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won on September 6, 2010 at 9:50 AM said...

Cereal and a bottle of water. Just have to take the few minutes to have that. It makes the rest of the day possible.

Michelle Pixie on September 6, 2010 at 11:01 AM said...

Toast and orange juice is always a quick fix around here!

jillyrh on September 6, 2010 at 2:35 PM said...

A granola bar and a banana

Terri on September 6, 2010 at 3:10 PM said...

Toast and fruit is my favorite
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Toystory on September 6, 2010 at 3:39 PM said...

Frozen - but I do toast them... Eggo Waffles, with peanut butter and honey.
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Julie on September 6, 2010 at 4:46 PM said...

My favorite breakfast to go is an english muffin with peanut butter on it
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bleatham on September 6, 2010 at 6:11 PM said...

when in a hurry, we grab either a granola bar or a cereal bar and a gogurt!
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We eat fruit on the go! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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Hannah on September 6, 2010 at 10:09 PM said...

a banana eaten in the car, and orange juice in a to go cup!

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Bonggamom on September 7, 2010 at 2:12 PM said...

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the winner: #80, BlondeMomBlog!

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jessica said...

My favorite on the go breakfast are hash browns form Mcd's I know not so healthy:(

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Bonggamom on September 14, 2010 at 9:08 AM said...

Congratulations to the winner of this giveaway, Jamie from BlondeMomBlog!

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