Breakfast Cereal: 5 Reasons to Serve It for Dinner

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We all have those nights, don't we? When we're scratching our heads trying to figure what to make for dinner? When our kids are impatient and we're just plain out of good ideas? In my house, that means one thing: Cereal for dinner!

Some people may think sitting down to a bowl of breakfast food may sound, well, non-traditional at best, but there are many good reasons to incorporate cereal into your meal-planning rotation:

1. Vitamins and minerals: Most breakfast cereals (even the sugary brands) are fortified with vitamins and minerals, including folic acid, vitamin B6, calcium, and vitamin D. Cereal can also be very high in iron. My family doesn't eat a lot of meat, so I look to cereal to boost our iron intake.

2. Fiber: Everybody needs more fiber in their diet. A bowl of high-fiber cereal or oatmeal can give you an added five or more grams of fiber for the day. Your digestive system will thank you.

3. Kids can help: Even the smallest family members can help set the table by laying out spoons, and older kids love to practice pouring the milk. You can give someone the task of washing blueberries or slicing bananas. Everyone can get involved.

4. It tastes good! Cereal is filling, and it's satisfying. There are so many varieties to choose from that you're sure to find one even your pickiest eater will like.

5. Cleanup is a breeze.

What's your favorite cereal and do you eat it for dinner?

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jeann... jeannesager

We love breakfast for dinner in my house!

RanaA... RanaAurora

My husband just won't do it, the party pooper.


By the way, make sure you drink the milk!  As lots of te vitamins are sprayed on (ew) they end up in the milk.

lovin... lovinangels

I'm going to put my evil sancti-mommy hat on for a moment.


Cereal is just not complete enough for even breakfast. It's high in carbs, not a good source of protein, and most kids get at least two of their veggie servings a day at dinner. Even the healthies of cereals doesn't pack enough good, solid calories and balanced nutrition to be considered a full meal. Which is why the commercials say "part of a complete breakfast" and then show AN ENTIRE MEAL around the bowl of cereal


that being said, we eat breakfast for dinner all the time, I make homemade potato pancakes and turkey sausage, with homemade applesauce. While i cook we usually snack on raw green beans (which is really weird, I know, but dh turned me on to it, and I can't stop.)


I'm not judging you, it makes you happy, and the kids love it, which is cool. I just don't agree that it's "healthy."  Healthier than a big bag of grease from the local drive through, sure. JMO.

momof... momoflilangel

If my husband doesn't like what I cooked he will gladly eat a bowl of cereal instead. He loves cereal at night time. I, on the other hand, cannot eat cereal for dinner. I just can't, and don't have a real reason. lol

clean... cleanaturalady

My kids love cereal night.  I only do it every once in a while, so I don't see the harm in it.  I know it isn't a complete meal like i would normally serve, but when I am exhausted, out of ideas or haven't the time to cook, I feel no guilt.

maine... mainemusicmaker

My kids would eat cereal three times a day if I let them o.O.  Only saving grace is that they don't like "sugary" cereals....my son likes his cheerios and my daughter likes her rice krispies....not the most nutritious but certainly not the worst. Sometimes I'm just so tired that, yes, I'd let hem have cereal for dinner.  My personal favorite is Special K Cinnamon Pecan.....NUM!

asil asil

we don't do cereal for dinner, but we will have it as a snack!  my fave is golden grahams... or kashi sunrise!

tazdvl tazdvl

My favorite is Apple Jacks, we have it for dinner if my husband is working.

Carey... Carey2006

Captain Crunch or Cocoa Puffs or (sugar) Honey Smacks are still my FAVs when it comes to cereal......I've been known to have these for midnight snacks but not really FOR dinner

frysh... fryshannon34

My kids eat cereal at nigh quite often because they are so picky!My favorite cereal is honey bunches of oats

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