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Celebrating Cereal: 3 Creative Ideas That Will "Bowl" You Over

I read an interesting article in the New York Times recently… Apparently, there’s been a major decline in cereal consumption these past few years. One reason: Moms want something more convenient. Yes, you read that right. They want something more convenient than cold cereal. That gave me a laugh. I sort of get it though—cereal means a dirtied bowl. (Ain’t nobody got time for that!)

Nevertheless, cereal is still considered a major food group in my household. It’s easy, fast, filling, healthy, and fun. (Plus, I’ve got a dishwasher—so one sullied spoon is really NBD.)

It might be well after breakfast time in your neck of the wood, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make the most of National Cereal Day (today!) with a hearty bowl or two. We’ve rounded up some delicious and creative ways to celebrate cereal—because, we think you can manage the harrowing clean-up job.

1. Make Rice Krispie Treat Birds' Nests

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I've been eyeing this Pinterest project for a few weeks. And now that I've successful done it, I can report that it's just about the easiest edible Easter activity on the Internet. All you have to do is whip up a quick batch of Rice Krispie treats and spoon your hot mixture into muffin tins. Use your thumb to create a hollow space for your chocolate eggs and gingerly place them in the center. How sweet (and simple) is that? My three year old was even able to help. Can you guess which one he made (#allthechocolates)?

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2. Create a Healthy Breakfast Bar

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If cereal sounds a bit boring, spice things up with a DIY buffet bar. (We absolutely love this idea from our sister site, Momtrends!) Display some healthy cereal options; put out a few different bowls of berries, raisins, sliced bananas and nectarines; and pour your family's favorite milk into a big pitcher. Kids will love building their own breakfast bowl. Better yet, try this for dinner tonight! It'll take you about ten minutes to prepare, and the whole fam will get a kick out of it!

3. Make Cereal-Milk Tea

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This one is for the true cereal enthusiasts out there who know that the last few sips of colored milk is the best part of the bowl (love that artificially sweet sugary taste!) Well, apparently you can now make a cup of tea with that exact flavor—but it’ll take a bit of work. Foodbeast demonstrates how to make your own tea bag—using your favorite cereal!

P.S. I saw the above photo on Target’s Instagram feed today, but couldn’t find the exact product online. If this actually exists, I need to try it, like, immediately. Sure, it'll mean one more dirty cup to clean... but I'm confident I can handle it.

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