Since I need a break from writing about toys, toy recalls, toy hazards and toy choices.... I thought I’d tackle food today. Like in most American households, it’s a scramble each morning to actually get up, eat breakfast and get out the door in time for school.
When The Hamster was in preschool, the later start time and our lackadaisical approach to actually going to school, allowed for lavish homemade breakfasts. Not anymore. Now it’s up, eat and out.
Growing up my breakfast usually consisted of a bowl of cereal a glass of orange juice and a piece of fruit…OK – let’s get that blood sugar up and rocking!
And so, I was always sure to load my DS up on carbs prior to starting the day. Until…I happen to speak with a woman at our Waldorf playgroup who turned me on to the value of protein at breakfast. (OK- maybe I’m slow and most of you knew this already…bear with me)
Parents whether crunchy, mainstream or somewhat in the middle, all tend to rely on the old standby of cereal and milk, often topped with fruit for breakfast. It’s quick, it’s easy, the whole family might actually be on time for school and work that way. But, research confirms that children who eat breakfast, especially a nutritiously balanced one tend to have higher achievement scores and higher concentration.
But you figured that out already… nutritionists also say:
In other words, that mid morning hunger attack can be avoided or at least minimized by adding a little protein to the breakfast table. Perhaps I should try that too!
Getting back to what constitutes a “ good breakfast ”. For a nutritious start, the medical community recommends: whole grains, vegetables or fruit (not fruit juice) and protein
Today’s grocery stores are filled with whole grain cereals, waffles and breads, fresh fruit is easy to find but, healthy protein? Beyond a glass of milk, that can be tough to find in the morning, especially for those of us with the lack of time to make or the lack of interest by our kids in scrambled, soft boiled or fried eggs.
So, in the rush to get out the door, what’s a Mom to do?
Here’s some ideas:
Soy or turkey sausage….I use frozen microwavable...but then I’m not completely crunchy
Hard boiled eggs which can be made the night before
Ricotta or cottage cheese
Lunch meat or leftover meat from the night before
Soy beans or tofu
And the ever popular…leftover whole wheat pizza which actually does meet the all the breakfast requirements
There are lost more ideas, that may require a bit of preparation.