Monday, December 1, 2014

Easy Breakfast Meals

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For a long, long time, my children had cereal and yogurt for breakfast each morning. Fruit was also available. Despite the fact that they loved it, I always felt like that was something I wanted to change. It was difficult, however, when I was pregnant because I am super sick when pregnant. I am also not a big breakfast eater--I get sick when I eat too early (which is, again, difficult with the whole pregnant thing). I prefer eating "breakfast foods" at dinner time. It was also difficult when I had a nursing baby because nursing babies can be unpredictable and I can be tired in the morning when nursing a baby at night, so the easy cereal and yogurt thing worked well.

This school year, I decided I wanted to change the breakfast thing at our house. I am not pregnant and my youngest is two. But I wanted breakfast to still be something that could be simple and quick. I didn't want to take away from any of our favorite breakfast for dinner meals. My children all like routine, so I figured I could pick five breakfasts for school days and stick with those. Then they could have a cereal day on the weekend and we already have the tradition of homemade muffins on one weekend day.

Our breakfasts have been working really well. I wanted to share our ideas so you could get some ideas. If you have any simple and quick breakfasts, please share!

Monday--Pancake Day
Brayden loves to cook and really wanted to have a morning he made pancakes each week. Each Monday, he makes pancakes. 

Tuesday--Yogurt and Granola Day
I make yogurt using this yogurt makerEuro Cuisine YM80 Yogurt Maker. It works well. I wish it made more so I could have more than one week's worth for my family at a time, but the flavor and texture are good. I also wish it would automatically turn off rather than you having to turn it off, so it isn't the perfect yogurt maker.

I also make our granola. I use the recipe I found here. It is delicious and very healthy. The ingredients are expensive, but I priced it against the cheap stuff at the store and it is the exact same price ounce for ounce. It tastes better and is healthier. It is very simple to make. I double it and it lasts us three weeks. Yogurt and granola day is hands down Brinley's favorite. 

Wednesday--Cereal Day
My children love their cereal. So I left a cereal day there for them. There are only certain cereals they are allowed to have on a school day.

Thursday--Smoothie or Oatmeal Day
On Thursday, the kids can choose to have either a smoothie for breakfast or oatmeal and hot chocolate. Brayden always chooses smoothie and the girls choose oatmeal.

Friday--Eggs Day
Friday is the day we have eggs. Brayden likes to cook scrambled eggs for himself. He usually makes a breakfast burrito. The girls prefer eggs over easy with toast. 

Saturday and Sunday
We like to do muffins one day and cereal another. For cereal day on a weekend, they can have any kind they want. 

I want to caveat and say this post isn't intended to make you feel guilty or like you are a bad parent if your kids eat cereal every day for breakfast. I ate cereal almost every day of my life and came out okay. Until recently, my children did, too. I like the idea of more variety in the diet, cereal is expensive, and I also think cereal doesn't have the best "staying power" in the system. I shared this with you so you know if you want to have variety for breakfast, too, there are easy and quick options for you.

Do you have any quick and easy breakfast foods your family likes?


Jessie said...

Our breakfast needs to be quick so my husband can get up and help my oldest, eat, and be out the door before 8 :) I like to make baked oatmeal the night before and heat it up in the microwave. My daughter will help me make muffins during the day to throw in the freezer which is really fast. We also love yogurt and granola and we'll randomly eat cereal, pb toast, or eggs too.

Lys said...

Ah breakfast! Seems like I'm always in a rush. Hands down, this is my favorite. You make it the night before so there's no prep in the morning at all. It tastes basically like a yogurt/oatmeal pudding. My kids love it and my husband always finishes everything off :-)

Valerie Plowman said...

Thank you Jessie! I was thinking I should make extra muffins on thr weekend. And I should do baked oatmeal--I have a recipe for it. Thanks for the ideas!

Valerie Plowman said...

Thanks Lys! I bet my yogurt lovig kids would love that.

jrjones5876 said...

Hi Valerie, great ideas. Would you mind sharing which "healthy" cereals you allow? Thanks!

Valerie Plowman said...

Yes. "Healthy"
Is definitely in quotes :) but I go with cereals that can sustain them until lunch time. We allow:

-frosted mini wheat
-raisin bran
-honey but Cheerios or Cheerios.

Those are the main ones. There might be others that are similar, but I can't think of it off hand so we wouldn't have it often.


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