Friday, September 3, 2010
There is a Wal-Mart commercial that irks me. Let me set the scene. Little boy in school and teacher announces a pop quiz. Class gets nervous and little boy gets nervous. But on the sidelines is Mom watching him. And Mom is saying, "I can't actually be there for him, but I can give him a good breakfast." And then the advertisement is for Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Toaster Strudel. And then I want to punch the TV.
They can't be serious. Fill your child with some empty sugar calories, high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oil and you can be confident in giving them sufficient nutrition for their growing bodies and minds!!!
Let's not do that to our children this school year. What can we give our kids to help them stay full and focused? Here are a few ideas of what you can feed your babies before you send them off to the world of times tables and book reports. I am going to give you two lists. One of quick breakfasts when you don't have a lot of time and then a second list of breakfast items you can make when you have some extra time.
Scrambled eggs with whole grain toast and jam (Smucker's Simply Fruit is GREAT all-fruit jam)
Oatmeal and fresh fruit
Yogurt with whole grain muffin
Whole grain cold cereal or granola and fresh fruit
Fruit and yogurt smoothie and whole grain toast and jam
And wash it down with juice or skim milk.
Oatmeal with Apples, Brown Sugar and Raisins
Whole Wheat Berry Muffins
Whole Grain Waffles
Peanut Butter Pancakes
Skillet Potatoes with Roasted Red Peppers and Baked Eggs
Apple and Carrot Bran Muffins
Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Muffins
Zucchini Blueberry Muffins
And I am working on a breakfast quinoa recipe that I will post eventually
Obviously, there is much more that can be added to these lists, so please add your ideas to the comments.
Rookie's Notes: A word on muffins. Make a batch and then freeze them. For breakfasts, microwave a frozen muffin for 1 minute and it's done. Same with waffles. Make a bunch, freeze and then put them in the toaster.
A word on oatmeal. Ditch the packets. Not only does is have a few weird ingredients in it, it's much more expensive. To make quick oats, it takes minutes. Here is my recipe.
1 1/4 cup quick oats
1 Tbsp ground flax seed
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
2 cups water
In a small bowl, combine oats, flax seed, cinnamon and salt. Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Once boiling, stir in quick oats mixture and stir constantly for 1 minute. Remove pan from the heat and serve. We like ours with a little brown sugar and sliced bananas.
Yields 4 servings.