You always hear that breakfast is the important meal of the day. I definitely believe that kids need to have full tummies to be able to concentrate and do their best at school. However, there is often disagreement among siblings about what they want to eat in the morning and there isn’t much time to make multiple dishes.
My girls most of the time are happy eating either oatmeal or frozen waffles. Lilina wants the instant Quaker Dinosaur oatmeal, which is easy to make but pretty high in sugar. Rose is happy for me to make the 1-minute oats on the stovetop and then add her own flavors but that does add some time and is different than what Lilina wants. (Although it is healthier oatmeal.)
Walsh always wants eggs with some type of meat (soy or turkey sausage). However, they all like their eggs differently.
Rose likes well-done fried eggs. Walsh and Lilina like scrambled. But you don’t want to be making two sets of eggs on a school morning.
Walsh love those Jimmy Dean lite frozen breakfast sandwiches. They are easy, but the healthier ones are very expensive.
Often my go-to breakfast that they will most likely agree on is waffles with a side of yogurt or peanut butter or PB&J on wheat bread. They always have fresh fruit too.
For this week, I bought the thin bagels thinking that maybe I could do a quick egg sandwich for Walsh and a peanut butter or cream cheese bagel for Rose. At least part of it’s the same. I also bought some easy frozen waffles and some Canadian bacon that I could heat up quickly and would be relatively healthy. Lilina will probably still want her dinosaur oatmeal.
So how do you handle breakfast on school mornings? What do you try to get in them? Are you willing to make different things to make sure they get something nutritious in them or it’s just tough stuff and they need to eat whatever you are serving?
– Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, Momania on ajc.com. Follow me on Twitter @AJCMomania or on Facebook.