5 Breakfasts Made Easy || Getting serious about CEREAL!

It’s officially Spring Break here in AZ… which means the weather is warm, the kids are home (and loud), and the fridge is empty! In between trying to pack the kids’ days full of fun while still keeping our businesses running, I have definitely qualified a bowl of cereal as breakfast, lunch, AND dinner a time or ten! Oops! 

With National Cereal Day having been last week, our minds have been wrapped about one thing: Our Top 20 Cereal list (check it out here) and HOW we can eat MORE (insert cry emoji, because oh WHY can’t they be nutritious as is!). Let’s be honest, cereal is too delicious and too easy to NOT munch on occasionally, but we all know it’s not the healthiest option either. So what’s a mama to do?! TRANSFORM it (like we do all things!) into a healthy, protein-packed, yet still kid-friendly bowl of crunchiness that’s perfect for any meal…no matter the occasion! 

A special thank you to my good friend, Erika Peterson (aka Clean Simple Eats, who you MUST follow on Instagramor at cleansimpleeats.com) for collaborating with me on this new favorite recipe blog of mine. She is the master of food and all things delicious, and I’m telling you, these five recipes have seriously been saving me lately! The whole family loves them, and I don’t have to feel one bit of #momguilt for serving them! I may be using them as my go-to for Spring Break, but I can promise you, these will become a before-school favorite when school is back in session too!

Some of my favorite kitchen accessories:


This first recipe is one that one of my team members introduced me to just 4 days ago. As a fellow Oreo lover, I must say my life is now complete knowing that I can get my Oreo dose every morning completely guilt-free. Introducing…every chocolate lover’s dream.

Oreo O’s Lover’s Very Berry Goodness – Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

1 cup Oreo O’s Cereal
½ cup fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder

Directions:

1. Add cereal to a bowl. Top with raspberries and sliced almonds.


2. Add almond milk and protein powder to a shaker cup. Shake until smooth. Pour over cereal and enjoy!

Here is the macro breakdown for all of my macro tracking friends: 385 calories, 12g fat, 38g carb, 31g protein

 

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Next up is one for all my fellow CTC fanatics. While Cinnamon Toast Crunch made #2 on America’s list of top cereals, I am totally convinced this bowl of cinnamon-y goodness should have been #1. It’s def at the top of MY list, so it’s no matter this healthiER spin on CTC (which, yes…does in fact include peanut butter. #winning) is a favorite of mine. 

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Protein Bowl – Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder
Vanilla stevia drops (optional)
60 grams banana, sliced
¼ cup strawberries, sliced
¼ cup Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal
1 tablespoon all-natural peanut butter
1 teaspoon mini chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Add Greek yogurt to a bowl. Stir in protein powder and stevia for sweetness. Top with bananas, strawberries, and cereal.

2. Melt peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Drizzle over the top of the fruit and sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Enjoy!

Nutrition information: 379 calories, 12g fat, 43g carb, 30g protein

 

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This next cereal is a definite favorite for peanut butter, banana, and chocolate lovers! Which I’m pretty sure is everyone on the planet earth. 

Chocolate PB Dream Cereal – Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

¾ cup Peanut Butter Panda Puffs Cereal
30 grams banana, sliced
½ tablespoon all-natural peanut butter
2 teaspoons mini chocolate chips
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder

**If your grocery store doesn’t have Panda Puffs, substitute Kix Cereal, but note that macros will change.

Directions:

1. Add cereal to a bowl. Top with bananas, peanut butter, and mini chocolate chips.


2. Add almond milk and protein powder to a shaker cup. Shake until smooth. Pour over cereal and enjoy!

Nutrition information: 395 calories, 13g fat, 40g carb, 30g protein

 

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And finally, for those of you who are scrolling my blog thinking, “Really, Heidi? You are telling us to eat all of this sugary, processed garbage?” Well, yes and no. The journey toward health looks very different for each individual person. The goal is to get from A to Z. But we can’t take one quantum leap, or we will fail. We first must go from A to B, then B to C, then C to D…and so on. Baby steps. These healthier spins on unhealthy cereals (above) are baby steps in the right direction and are ways we and our kids can enjoy foods we love withOUT feeling guilty. To be honest, I do eat the cereals above in moderation, and I have ZERO guilt. But that’s not to say that is right for you!!

For those of you who are looking for  tasty spins on healthy cereals, check out this recipe, and I can attest it is amazingly delicious…for adults AND kids.

Superfood CerealMakes 1 serving

Ingredients:

½ cup Kashi GoLean Crunch Cereal
¼ cup fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
½ tablespoon flaxseed meal
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
¾ scoop vanilla protein powder

Directions:

1. Add cereal to a bowl. Top with blueberries, almonds and flax.


2. Add almond milk and protein powder to a shaker cup. Shake until smooth. Pour over cereal and enjoy!

Nutrition information: 395 calories, 13g fat, 39g carb, 30g protein

And here is a fave from The TRANSFORM App!

 

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Power Crunch CerealMakes 1 serving

Ingredients:

1 ¼ scoops vanilla protein powder
1/3 cup low-sugar granola
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
Stevia to taste
Cinnamon to taste
2 ½ tablespoons sliced almonds
¼ cup banana, sliced

Directions:

1.Blend almond milk and ¼ cup water with protein powder and add cinnamon, almonds, and stevia to desired sweetness.

2.Pour over granola, top with bananas, and enjoy!

Nutrition information: 410 calories, 12g fat, 42g carb, 31g protein

What are your fave cereal combos? I—and my kiddos—would love to know! And my mind is already working on new combos, like…sprinkling PB2 over those Oreo O’s and raspberries! Yum!

Xoxo,

Heidi

And here are some other yummy breakfast recipes!

Sweet Potato Pancakes
Pumpkin Protein Pancakes with Pumpkin Seed Granola
My (Almost) Famous Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats!
Gluten-Free Maple Bacon Protein Donuts
Protein Waffles!
Coconut Crepes!
Banana Zucchini Protein Muffins


26 Comments

  1. Rebeca - April 13, 2018

    Hi this is my favorite post! Love breakfast and so do cereal , plus I need to get some variety on my meals!
    Wanna try that band set!
    IG @rebesojo

  2. Emily Goodin - April 13, 2018

    Love all the breakfast ideas! I could eat breakfast for every meal!!

  3. Kylie Piper - April 13, 2018

    I love cereal so this blog post is great! They all look so yummy!! IG @kylie.piper Help me build a booty!!

  4. Audrey - April 13, 2018

    Love seeing these easy breakfasts! Nice to see options that use cereal that is usually already on hand in my house. Going to have to try one of these soon….maybe the Oreo one!
    @thelifeofmeaudreybee

  5. Chelsea miller - April 13, 2018

    Thank you so much, these are AMAZING looking! I can’t wait to try, I’m always looking for new fun healthy ideas to keep me going with my goals! I just love you guys!

  6. Beth Nelson - April 13, 2018

    I love cereal and I’m so grateful I can still have it on the transform plan. I feel like I get to indulge every day! @bethevelynn

  7. Andrea Griebling - April 13, 2018

    Love these recipes!! I tried one but modified it with Koal Krista instead of Oreo cereal!! Delicious! My go to breakfast that can easily be made ahead of time.

  8. Becca - April 13, 2018

    I suck at getting breakfast inane I would love to blame it on busy Mom life (I’m sure that part doesn’t help) but it’s been a life time of a bad habit that I am trying to break! These will definitely come in handy. Thank you Heidi!! I adore you and you’re family ❤️ @becvanprice

  9. Julie Maury - April 13, 2018

    I have been hearing about this protein cereal and I am so excited you had a CTC recipe! That cereal is my all time favorite and my kids love it too. I’ve been making them pick other cereal because I can’t control myself and I end up eating it 😫 so excited to try this! Thank you for the recipe!

    Instagram @julie.maury610

  10. Erin - April 13, 2018

    This all looks sooo yummy!!!
    @erindollfitness

  11. Dore - April 13, 2018

    Wow! I love cereal and this looks amazing!!
    I also love booty bands! 🙂

  12. Becca - April 12, 2018

    Definitely will be trying some of these recipes, thanks so much for the tips!

    Instagram name – @beccawillcutts

    I want those booty bands!!!!!

  13. Anastasia - April 12, 2018

    Ok ok, this may sound a bit crazy, but I loooved this post about all the cereals! Haha. I was pretty excited when I saw this because cereal for some reason makes me happy. Chocolate PB Dream cereal… Seriously, what dreams are made of 😘😘😘
    @adubbl87

  14. Beth Tashjian - April 12, 2018

    These look amazing!! @Bethtashtransform

  15. Shelley - April 12, 2018

    This is by far my most favorite post EVER! I love cereal but always avoided it because it wasn’t a “healthy” choice. So when I saw this I went right to the store to by all the cereal! Thanks!!! @bionicshel

  16. Whitney - April 12, 2018

    I’m a cereal lover, so I love this post. It’s helped me find ways to still get my guilty pleasure, but in a healthier way :). #hopeiwinsomesweetbootybands @whitney_garrett

  17. Daryan Perez - April 12, 2018

    This is one of my favorite blog posts because cereal is my guilty pleasure!
    Find me on instagram: @daryanperez

  18. Austin - April 12, 2018

    My picky toddler only likes about 4 things and since cereal is one of them I’m hoping this will add to our list!

  19. Kate fowler - April 12, 2018

    I love this… So many ideas, and it gets my brain working on a few more!
    @lularoekatefowler

  20. Marie-Laurence - April 9, 2018

    Hello!

    I live in France and i’ve been doing the Transformapp for a whole week now (the extreme cycle) and i love it!!! Fortunatly i’m bilingual so i understand everything but i have to convert all the portions which takes me more time but i love the process and hope for great results !!!!!
    I have some questions: are you planning on having the app translated? (Please, say yes!!:-))
    For my workouts, for the mighty minutes, can i do weight training or do a HIIT session? I kinda get lost finding some cardio that i can do at home.
    And finally, how can i connect with other people? I can only search for people i already know…i would love to be able to connect with other people doing transformation.

    Love to Chris and Heidi all the way from France! Love you guys and thanks for your passion, simplicity and motivation!
    Thanks for your help!

    Marie-Laurence

    • Team Powell - April 9, 2018

      Hi Marie: We’re hoping to have the app translated at some point, but no date on that yet. We’re also working on measurement conversions. Mighty Minutes are a form of Accelerators, which is cardio. You could do a HITT session, just be careful that you’re not working out the same muscle groups 2 days in a row if your HITT involves any strength training-like movements. You can connect with other people on our Facebook page and on this page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/408140389542736/, and those pages are an awesome way to get with other Transformers! We hope you love the app!

  21. Lori - March 30, 2018

    What protein powder do you use?

    • Team Powell - March 30, 2018

      Hi Lori: We recommend low fat (less than 3g), low carb (less than 5g), with around 20-25g of protein per serving. Other than that, go with what you like best! 🙂

  22. Nerina - March 16, 2018

    Yaass!! I love cereal. Especially when PB is involved. Thank you for these amazing recipes. Will you be adding them to the transform app anytime soon?

  23. Nadine - March 16, 2018

    Sorry for any tipos, I am from Germany and trying my best 😉
    Those are great ideas for a healthy breakfast and absolutely something different to the recipes I am used to… Love it!
    This is definitely going to change my usual breakfast-routine. Thanks Heidi

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