a Healthy Breakfast
Eating breakfast is a chore that I can personally do without. I am not a breakfast eater and if I try and force myself I feel yucky. Contrary to all I read about starting our day off right with breakfast, I usually fail at this one! I am sure it is just the way my body is made.
My children on the other hand have been known to replace the morning formalities (and just plain good manners) of “Good Morning Mom!!” with, “I’m hungry, what’s for breakfast?”. This is not usually received well by me! :)
I do appreciate and know the need to make sure my children start their day with a good nourishing breakfast. I can see that they can concentrate on their school work much better and are able to be more focused on whatever given tasks are expected of them for the morning.
I have known for a long time that whole grains are a good breakfast choice. I use to feed them the whole grains for economy reasons more than health reasons. Although I knew they were getting better quality foods this way.
During a very stressful time in my life I began to rely on boxed cereal. I started out looking for the least expensive cereals and then the kids would complain about eating the same cereal over and over, so I would buy bags of store brand sugared cereal once in awhile. I just did not pay attention very well to the fact that once in awhile became more and more often.
I did notice the increase in my grocery bill and I did notice that often times in less than 2 hours after breakfast my children would all come to me starving. I thought... what is this??? I pay big bucks for food and it is not even filling (and quantity was not the problem as they could consume huge quantities of the stuff).
As my stressful time in life eased a bit (with 8 children I am not altogether sure that stressful times ever end :), I started reevaluating my family’s diet, not to mention budget. I knew the cereal had to go. Loaded with sugar and with the price I was paying at times per pound for it, we could have been eating steak a few times a week!
I began serving oatmeal more often. My children started getting very creative with this, adding cinnamon, vanilla, raisins, dried or fresh apple pieces, etc… We sweetened it with real maple syrup or honey and served it with homemade toast along side. Then I began making more and more breakfast foods with whole grains, such as pancakes, waffles, breakfast burritos on whole wheat tortillas, coffee cakes and so on.
The first thing I saw was that my children were not clamoring for food in 2 hours! This alone made the effort worth it. They had better attitudes in the morning (full tummies + good quality foods = happy kids). I noticed they were able to concentrate on school now that their bodies real nutritional needs had been met. And last but in no way least the change in the grocery bill was very obvious.
|Oven French Toast||Peach Coffee Cake|