Help Put An End To Classroom Hunger This Fall #FeedingBetterDays

I’m happy to be teaming up with Kellogg’s Canada on their #FeedingBetterDays program to help in the fight against kids going to school hungry. As you will see in the video I have created below, trying to focus and learn while dealing with an empty stomach is extremely difficult. Kellogg Canada, in partnership with Breakfast Clubs of Canada, will be donating a portion of the proceeds from every box of cereal sold to their breakfast club partners.

Please take a look at my video below and I’d love it if you would considering sharing it with your friends! You can be the difference maker in a child’s life by providing them with a much needed breakfast to start their day. Whether you buy a box of cereal or donate to the breakfast clubs, hungry children will benefit.

Disclosure: I was compensated for my participation in this program. We received a box filled with various cereals that my daughter and I dropped off to the local food bank.

Hazelnut Pear Chocolate Chip Waffles PC

I Don’t Cook, Except When I Do

I don’t live in some magical dream world where I think am a world class chef. Actually, I don’t even have the confidence in the kitchen to attempt the most basic of meals outside of scrambled eggs and grilled cheese sandwiches. Now that my kids are getting older and developing their own identities, life has begun to get increasingly busier with school, activities and shuttling them around everywhere. That said, we don’t have as much time as we used to for procrastinating over what to make for breakfast and dinner.

In fact, according to a recent survey from the Loblaws and President’s Choice® teams, 68 per cent of Canadian parents have less than 10 minutes to make their child’s breakfast on a weekday. In an effort to be more useful in the kitchen for my family, I accepted the challenge of teaming up with Loblaws and President’s Choice® to attempt one of their recipes that they say even I can cook in the time I actually have. While I could have gone with the easier choices of Applesauce Greek Yogurt Parfait or Strawberry Cashew Breakfast Shake, I decided to challenge myself by selecting the Hazelnut Pear Chocolate Chip Waffles.

The ingredients included peeled BOSC pears, brown sugar, roasted pecans, PC® Belgian Chocolate Chip Waffles & PC® Chocolate Hazelnut Spread. Not wanting to be one of the thirty per cent of Canadian parents who opt to skip feeding themselves in order to make sure their kids have a proper meal, I made sure to grab enough ingredients for my wife and myself as well. Plus, who could pass up the opportunity to bite into this finished result?!

Hazelnut Pear Chocolate Chip Waffles

Hazelnut Pear Chocolate Chip Waffles

I honestly can’t believe how quick and easy it was to create the above masterpiece and am proud to announce that it tasted as good as it looks! Now that I have the confidence to try new things in the kitchen, the next item on my list is to tackle the dinner rush, which is usually even more crazy than breakfast. I know that I’m not the only one who struggles with this. Just look at these staggering survey results from the Loblaws and President’s Choice® teams:

• Fifty-one per cent of parents wish they had more dinners together as a family
• Forty per cent of Canadians said they ate more dinners as a family when they were growing up than their children eat with them
• Thirty-eight per cent of Canadian parents find it difficult to be creative with dinner meals
• Fifty-one per cent of Canadian children don’t pack their own school lunches, and less than half (41 per cent) of Canadian children help their parents prepare dinner

Let’s take back meal time and get creative while we’re at it! I know my kids were excited to see something other than scrambled eggs and toast on the table. You can visit the President’s Choice® website for more great quick and easy recipes for all meals!

Disclosure: I was compensated for my participation in this program, however I made that meal all by myself and am very proud about it! And it really was delicious!

Sometimes Parenting Means Eating Froot Loops From The Floor In The Bathroom

Kelloggs Froot Loops

You’re probably thinking “link bait” on this one, right? Unfortunately, for me, the title is 100% accurate. Let me tell you why I was forced to eat my delicious Kellogg’s Froot Loops from the floor in the bathroom…

I guess I should start by answering the obvious first question: Yes, I am a 34 year old man/husband/father and I still occasionally enjoy a bowl of sugary Froot Loops. While we’re on the subject, once every weekend I even let my kids have a bowl of it. There it is. I am a terrible father and role model.

Now, where were we??? Oh yes, the eating cereal from the bathroom floor thing.

You see, I am a firm believer that crunchy cereal is meant to be enjoyed while it is still in a semi crunchy state. Otherwise, why would it begin crunchy in the first place? It would just come in a can, like soup, and we would either drink it or continue eating it with a spoon as we do now. Of course, that would just be ridiculous.

There is, in fact, an art to cereal eating that I have decided not to bore you with at this time. That being said, one of the key components to enjoy a perfect bowl of cereal is the ability to eat it immediately after the milk has been poured. This becomes difficult when your two year old, almost potty trained, daughter yells “I have to go pee-pee!” as she runs to the bathroom.

What else was I supposed to do? I followed quickly behind her, bowl in hand, as we took our usual places. I can’t say it was my ideal eating conditions but damn if that wasn’t a delicious bowl of cereal!

Have you ever been stuck between a Pot and a Hard Place? Share your story in the comments!