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Breakfast Essentials!
February 1, 2012 | Home >In the News >Breakfast Essentials!

Breakfast Essentials!

I wouldn’t dream of sending my kids to school without breakfast, but sometimes when we are in a rush, it’s tough to make it a balanced breakfast.   I wake them up at 7am, and they have to be out the door by 7:30. Exactly 30 minutes to get dressed, eat, and pack a lunch. If I haven’t gotten everything finished I do in the mornings, I’ll turn the TV on to distract the little one. This backfires on me though when the school age kids get distracted too.  I’ve been known to shove them out the door with a piece of toast in hand that they get to eat at the bus stop. Although I shouldn’t have to hover over them to make sure they are eating,  going to school without breakfast leads to behavior problems, inability to concentrate, and lack of energy. Plus it’s a LONG morning when you don’t have anything to eat till noon.

According to the “American Dietetic Association Guide to Healthy Eating for Kids”, a good breakfast should:

  1. Contain 3 or more food groups
  2. Include high fiber foods like whole grains, produce, or beans.
  3. Be low in fat
  4. Be something they will eat!  It does no good to have a balanced meal that they won’t eat.
cereal and blueberries

Some of suggestions are:

  1. Yogurt, whole grain bagel, glass of OJ
  2. Whole grain toast with peanut butter, glass of milk.
  3. Whole grain bagel with jam, scrambled eggs, glass of OJ
  4. High fiber cereal, piece of fruit, glass of low-fat milk.
  5. Fruit smoothie with high fiber muffin.
  6. Oatmeal with milk and raisins.
  7. Whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk and sliced banana.


To be successful at getting your kids to eat before school:

  • Keep it simple,
  • eliminate distractions such as t.v.,
  • Decide ahead of time what you’ll feed your kids so you have the appropriate groceries, or use a meal plan.
  • wake up earlier,
  • engage the children in helping out.

What’s your families favorite breakfast meal?

written by
Amy Roskelley

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Krista says:

Is Nutella a decent replacement for peanut butter? My kids eat it everytime so it is my breakfast staple.

Mary says:

I think my kids would say waffles are their favorite breakfast food. They are all good breakfast eaters.

Lucy says:

Porridge with mashed banana cooked in it served with a few choccy chips – yummy!

Rebecca Richmond-Lee says:

Whole grain toast,1/2 a banana and greek yogurt with blueberries. Just made the switch to greek yogurt but I mix a little of regular in to thin it out – both my boys love it!

We make a large batch of steel cut oats on Sunday night and have it several times throughout the week. A drizzle of honey and some almonds and dried cranberries. Delish!

Patty says:

I don’t think breakfast has to be fancy (although nice), when time is short even a simple banana is better than nothing at all. Kista…I don’t think Nutella counts as a substitude for peanutbutter, more like a special treat because of the high sugar content,

Annette says:

Some of our faves are blender pancakes (soak grains overnight and blend in morning), eggs, and poha (flattened rice). I like to add nuts and use lots of coconut oil at breakfast too.

sallyjrw says:

I recommend Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter. It actually tastes like chocolate covered nuts. Nutella tastes like milk chocolate, you can’t taste the hazelnuts at all.

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Lee says:

I make whole-wheat waffles and pancakes on the weekends and freeze them for quick weekday breakfasts. French toast can be fast, I’ve found, and healthy (whole wheat bread soaked in an egg and a splash of milk — no sugar!– fried in a dab of coconut oil). This is a great blog, by the way; thank you for all your creative suggestions and ideas.

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