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“What’s for dinner?”

This question is music to the ears of some parents when time is no object and when their kitchens are fully-stocked with supplies to create delicious, crowd-pleasing meals. But if your nights are unforeseeable, and filled with late meetings at the office, after school activities, or just a lack of desire to get behind the stove…then the following tips are for you.

To get a healthy meal on the table in minutes…breakfast for dinner is the solution. Here’s why:

Breakfast foods are generally those you can count on. You don’t have to worry about what breakfast-like foods are going to taste like or be concerned about how your recipe will turn out. Eggs, waffles and pancakes are pretty predictable. If you look at a box of cereal, for example, especially if it’s a type that you grew up with since childhood, there’s no guess work involved; you can practically taste it just by looking at the recognizable box it comes in. Since cold cereal requires no preparation, you can use your extra time to wash some berries, slice a banana or pour chopped nuts into a bowl and create a breakfast bar, a kin to a salad bar. This DIY breakfast bar can provide a variety of nutrients, such as the fiber in fresh fruit.

Breakfast foods can help you can save time, money and calories. Breakfast foods are easy to throw together and they can be lower in calories than eating out or ordering in a dinner meal from a restaurant. When it comes to cost, there’s no comparison. A box of cereal costs about 50 cents per serving, including the milk. Eggs range around 25 cents per egg. If you purchase fruits and veggies to pair with the cereal or eggs, you can choose those in season to cut costs.

Breakfast foods help bring benefits you miss out on at other times of day. The fruit and nut breakfast bar mentioned above can supply the fiber and other valuable nutrients that you may have had a hard time filling up on during your day. An omelet or frittata can become a warm home for veggies, a food group most of us don’t seem to get enough of. Whole grains in cereal or toast can help satisfy hunger and perhaps even limit that temptation for a late night snack. Moreover, most cereals are fortified with essential nutrients like iron, thereby helping deliciously meet our needs.

And if you’d like to think outside the box…try adding your favorite cold cereal to waffles or pancakes. Here’s a fun recipe your family won’t be able to resist.


Disclosure: I partnered with the General Mills Bell Institute for Health & Nutrition to bring you this story and the opinions are my own.