Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
I totally believe this and have ALWAYS needed to eat breakfast.
My trouble is that 3 kids can eat A LOT of food.
My other puzzle is that I have been reading about ways to stabilize one's blood sugar throughout the day and one recommendation is to add in a protein source to breakfast.
Most days I am already cooking lunch and supper from scratch and adding complicated breakfasts to the mix just does not sound fun to me.
For YEARS, breakfast consisted of pancakes (from home ground whole wheat coated with the finest coat a child has ever seen of real maple syrup or honey) several times a week. Then, I got creative and would do waffles once or twice a month and then discovered scones and then would throw in a large coffee cake into the mix. They also get oatmeal once a week despite my oldest detesting it.
Yet, there is that challenge to add PROTEIN into the mix. I typically don't purchase lunch meat and purchasing a ham steak for breakfasts seem weird. My family eats 12 eggs in one setting and our chickens are only giving us 1-2 eggs a day lately. Bacon is a fun treat but I consider it along the line of whole wheat, peanut butter, oatmeal cookies...... their might be elements of *good* there but they are still cookies. On occasion I will offer them peanut butter toast or peanut butter on pancakes but it's such a mess.
What on earth can I fix my kids for breakfast?
I DETEST boxed cereal. I only serve it on those days that we have to get up and get out the door very quickly. I get annoyed that a box of "wholesome multi-grain Cheerios" has just a TON of sugar in it. If you are shooting for feeding your children a cereal not laced with TONS of sugar your options are regular Cheerios, Rice Crispies or plain Chex. Next on my list (for a sugary treat) are Kix and Raisen Bran. My kids are so bored with their cereal option and think the world is so unfair that I will not bring home the boxes with the super fun characters on them.
What annoys me about cereal is that it only takes ONE MEAL for a large box to be emptied! AND..... then my kids are hungry one and a half hours later!! Don't even get me started on the price situation. Seriously, a box of cereal costs between $5-6.... for what nutritional benefit exactly!! And for a family that tries to only purchase food that resembles it's original state (in other words, is an ingredient) cereal doesn't even come close! And have you noticed that only the insanely sugared varieties go on super cheap sales?? (At least that is how it works in my small town grocery store!)
So, here I am wanting to feed my family quickly, inexpensively and I desire to add in protein to the mix and I am in a slump with children bored with all of my options.
What do YOU feed your children for breakfast?
Can you think of ways to incorporate more protein into their breakfasts?