Better-for-you breakfasts that actually taste good. The struggle is real.

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Better-for-you breakfasts that actually taste good. The struggle is real. | Dearest Geeks of EarthHot steel-cut oatmeal with melty brown sugar and sweet banana rounds, crisp waffles drizzled with rich maple syrup, buttery English Muffins topped with sharp Cheddar and tart apple slices, fluffy scrambled eggs with candied sausage – sweater weather means serving the kids bulkier breakfasts, especially now that the Polar Vortex is sweeping across the Midwest.

But when you’re not a big breakfast person (sorry, not sorry), it can be hard to find something satisfying and dense enough to stave off the cold and boost energy. My usual cereal bars just don’t do it (I’m starving an hour later), and toast (which I don’t like anyway) isn’t a calorie-smart choice.

CVS recently introduced a line of tasty, better-for-you products under its new Gold Emblem Abound label, including snack bars, trail mixes, dried fruit, popcorn and rice chips.

Better-for-you breakfasts that actually taste good. The struggle is real. | Dearest Geeks of EarthEach of its more than 40 (!) wholesome snack options is free from artificial flavors and preservatives and contains no trans fats. What’s more, a lot (thought not all) are gluten-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free and peanut- and tree-nut free, and many contain great sources of protein, fiber, potassium, probiotic cultures, and omega-3s from yogurt, dark chocolate, chia seeds, nuts, berries, and other power-packed ingredients.

During the sampling process (you’re welcome), I discovered that a number of Gold Emblem Abound snacks make for fantastic breakfast ingredients. Granola and Berries, Superfruit Baobab BitesOmega-3 Trail Mix and Dark Chocolate, Fruit & Nut Trail Mix elevate everyday yogurt and plain oatmeal; while Cranberry & Pomegranate Snack Bars (there are other delicious flavors too) are perfect for breakfasts-on-the-go.

Better-for-you breakfasts that actually taste good. The struggle is real. | Dearest Geeks of Earth

Better-for-you breakfasts that actually taste good. The struggle is real. | Dearest Geeks of EarthBetter-for-you breakfasts that actually taste good. The struggle is real. | Dearest Geeks of EarthBetter-for-you breakfasts that actually taste good. The struggle is real. | Dearest Geeks of EarthWhat’s more, prices range from a very affordable $2.19 to $10.99, and coupled with the CVS Extra Care Program, better-for-you breakfasts aren’t the only benefit.

The program, which is a free-to-join rewards and savings plan, gives you 2% back in ExtraBucks Rewards (use them like free CVS money) on everyday purchases, with personalized coupons available online, in-store and on your receipt.

Disclosure: DGOE is a compensated CVS Gold Emblem Abound Snackurday leader. Join the conversation at #CVSAbound and #Snackurday.

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