Friday, August 11, 2006

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast: The most important meal of the day. I hear this mantra in my head each morning as I try to prepare breakfast for four children, all of who have very different ideas of what is acceptable. There is added pressure to this question now that school is approaching because soon what I feed them in the morning will have a direct impact on the kinds of grades they get and how well they are able to listen in school and how well behaved they are.(Why do I read those parenting magazines anyway?!) I never know what is considered 'good' breakfast food. Waffles are easy...but not healthy. Eggs are healthy...but not easy. Nobody likes cereal in my family...I'm at a loss. I've read that smoothies are great brain food for kids, but who has time to cut up fresh fruit and get out the blender and make smoothies before 7:00? Now, I'm starting to get stressed! If anyone has good breakfast ideas, please let me know. It needs to be healthy, fast, good, and kid approved... Good Luck!

9 comments:

Kristen said...

Good question! Too bad they don't like cereal. My kids love Quaker oatmeal packages. I buy the bulk box at Costco and we go through it in a few weeks. They like to eat it for bedtime snack, too. Another idea is to make a big batch of pancakes and freeze the leftovers. Then, in the morning, just take them out and pop them in the toaster...add a little jelly and wrap it up like a tortilla. They can even be eaten on the run.
Good luck!

Jen said...

Kary and I are bulk cooking breakfast next week. Pancakes (like Kristen said) and muffins. Plus making our own oatmeal packets cuz them things 'spensive! Add some string cheese and turkey or a quick pan of scrambled eggs and you're good.

Plus we are making a breakfast schedule this year. Pancakes Monday, Eggs Tues, Muffins Wed, ect. No arguing, that's how it is.

Mommy Brain said...

You guys are such geeks! How much to make my family breakfasts too? You make them, I'll pay for them and put them in my freezer...do we have a deal? Seriously...I'll throw in a late summer pool party if I have to.

kkoois said...

i'm a big fan of pizza for breakfast. do veggie and it's healthy!

jen, next thing you know you'll be making your own clothes. what's the deal?

Melissa :) said...

Define....healthy. ;)

Healthy schmealthy. Have a poptart, an eggo, some cereal, a granola bar, a nutri-grain bar, some pancakes, or whatever. Then, toss in a banana or yogurt or whatever with milk...& that's "my" kind of healthy! :)

Jen said...

We will totally do it. In fact, that's Kary's new business idea for her to afford Christian school and me to afford my new house. . .and my old one. We are also doing brownies and Tollhouse bars for lunches.

I will not be sewing anytime soon. Miss Mary scarred me for life.

Melissa again :) said...

Jen, here in Texas, we have "that" kind of business! They are called "Super Suppers" & then there's one other one, but I forget the name. Basically, you go pick out your already prepared dinners, pay, & freeze! It's somewhat expensive, but I know tons who have done it & loved it. It's very convenient. Maybe you have those where you live? Keep us posted! :)

Carol said...

As long as they are getting their Juice Plus, I wouldn't worry... My children have:
Cereal, Waffles, French Toast Sticks (Market Day has some great ideas; Aldi has some great microwavable breakfast sandwiches or eggs and sausage; Aldi also has an egg substitute, which makes GREAT microwave scrambled eggs...believe me, we just brought them with to D.C. and the scrambled eggs in the micro were delic.); fruit bars, yogurt, granola bars, donuts, toast, chocolate chip muffins.
I wouldn't stress over it -- I think that adding stress to my child's day effects their learning soooooo much more than what he had for breakfast. I hate those days that he gets on the bus with "an attitude". Thankfully, with boys (JD...take note about boys here...so forgiving, so unwhiney), they don't carry a grudge, so if they are mad at me when they leave, within 5 minutes, that feeling usually passes.

one hot momma said...

I liked Jen's idea about a breakfast schedule. Then there is ABSOLUTELY not arguing. Christine, you me and Carol could do the buld breakfast cooking thing! It's not hard, and we could even do the frozen lunch sandwiches then too! Let's discuss this more! Maybe you could send Doc Beautiful too! He had some great healthy breakfast ideas earlier in the summer? What happened to them?