What is your typically breakfast? For me, breakfast is the most challenging meal of the today. My toddler (21 months) has inspired me to rethink breakfast. B does not like to eat first thing in the morning and he can often eat slowly. This means it’s better if we get up early and don’t rush breakfast – NOT EASY! I also want to make sure he gets protein in the morning to last him until lunchtime at school. My little guy goes to a Montessori school three days a week. I have more flexibility when he’s home with me because I can give him snacks and we don’t need to get to school on time. I say all that to show, as most parents know, that breakfast is the most challenging and important meal of the day.
My goal for the New Year is to make more hot, healthy breakfast meals! To me this means the breakfast must contain: 1) protein 2) a green veggie 3) whole grains and 4) fruit. This does not happen every day but I’m getting better! Here is B’s favorite breakfast so far that meets all my requirements and is pretty quick to prepare. Oh yeah, it’s good for me too!
B’s favorite hot, healthy breakfast:
Scrambled eggs with cheese and chopped up kale;
almond/wheat bread with PB;
smoothie with variety of frozen fruits and either spinach or kale;
although not in the picture we almost always have berries or banana in the morning (B loves blueberries!)
and I always serve water with meals too.
We don’t usually serve B juice but I will give him smoothies sometimes. I use about 1:4 ratio of smoothie with water. It’s really all about getting him more greens.
Since B was born and even during pregnancy, I have determined that diets don’t work. It’s much for effective for me to focus on what I can and want to eat instead of what I can’t eat. I try to eat at least one green veggie a day (kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, parsley, etc.) and two veggie at dinner. I also try to drink as much water as I can. Sticking to just a few goals makes things much easy. And these goals fit perfectly with my hot, healthy breakfast goal!
Do you have food goals for 2014? What is your toddler’s favorite, healthy breakfast? How do you manage the stress of the morning rush to school?