All About Breakfast

Confession:  I give my kids Marshmallow Mateys for breakfast sometimes.

Now that we've gotten that dirty little secret out of the way...

Lately I have been branching out a bit on breakfasts for the kids.  When I went to the homeschool conference this summer, one of the speakers said that you can't really get mad if you gave your kids sugary cereal with nothing more substantial added in, and they act all crazy later.

As we've established, I have nothing against breakfast cereal, but I did think she had a point.

So while we still do Coco Puffs for breakfast occasionally, I've added a few other things into the rotation, with the intention of helping my kiddos get some brain-sharpening, focus-encouraging nutrients in, especially on school days!  Here are a few of my current go-to's.

Oatmeal - One of the reasons I used to default to cereal was because it was a quick, easy breakfast for the kids - but I've learned that oatmeal is fairly quick and easy too!  And it's healthier and more sustaining since they are getting the whole grain.  I use old-fashioned oats, and add a little brown sugar, nuts, chocolate chips, raisins, apples, or cinnamon.  The kids think I'm the best mom ever when I add in chocolate chips (but it's still less straight sugar than cereal!).

Muffins (made with freshly-ground flour) - I mentioned that I got a grain mill this summer, and I have to tell you, I love it!  When flour is freshly ground, it still contains all the nutrients that the whole wheat berry contains, so it's more sustaining, has a lower glycemic index, and it's healthier.  But beyond that, I like the way baked goods taste when they are made with fresh flour, and the texture is chewier (which I actually love!).  I have a few go-to muffin recipes from this book. I try to make one batch every week so they can be our on-the-go breakfast, but that doesn't always happen.

Hard-Boiled Eggs with toast - Also quick to make, because I just pull them out of the refrigerator!  (Are you noticing a theme here?  I like quick and easy breakfasts.)  I have to be careful with this one though, because sometimes I forget I boiled the eggs and we don't end up eating them.

Yogurt - We don't eat yogurt as often as I'd like, because with five kids and me that could get expensive really quick.  But sometimes I buy a big container of plain yogurt, and I mix it with honey and frozen berries for the kids' breakfast.  This is also one of my favorite breakfasts for me!

Cereal or Donuts - Everything in moderation, right?  Sometimes cereal or donuts is just easier, and I don't shame myself or anyone else for going there.  Having a sugary breakfast sometimes is fine in my book.

What are your breakfast go-to's?  Any other quick-and-easy ideas for me?
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Amanda said...

We do lots of bagels, fruit, and yogurt, scrambled eggs and sausage, oatmeal, homemade waffles, and the occasional french toast sticks or pancake and sausage on a stick from the freezer section because, yeah, keeping it real. My kids tend to eat breakfast a little bit at a time over the course of the morning. Even when I manage to feed them a big breakfast all at once, they end up either eating it all and then asking for snacks shortly after or just grazing on it for a while.

Rachel @ Rachel, Striving said...

I love overnight oatmeal as well! Mix old-fashioned oats with equal parts liquid (water, milk, yogurt) and mix in your optional ingredients - I am partial to peanut butter, cinnamon, apples, vanilla extract, etc. Stick it in the fridge overnight and it will turn creamy and yummy by the morning!

Carol Blanchet said...

We like baked oatmeal, crust-less quiche, and oven baked French toast. We do cold cereal for "Fun Friday". Cold cereal is sugary and expensive so we treat it like a "treat". As a side note...we are a gluten-free family. I used to buy Cheerios for our cold cereal day until I learned they had a very high count of chemical pesticide (see EWG's report.) So we've switched to Rice Krispies or Rice Chex.)

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