I Love Breakfast But I'm doing it Wrong.

Although I am not a healthy freak, I was raised on home cooked meals.  We didn't have the money to buy all the goodies I now can at the grocery store so my mother always made food at home.  It breaks my heart when I see a child who doesn't know what a homemade chicken soup is.  And believe me, I have met them. Many. In my family we are home cookers and this is a tradition I try to instill in my children. I'm not the best cook per se, I can tell you that but what I do cook, it is pretty darn good and kinda healthy.  I cook with lots of chicken, onions, tomatoes, avocados, rice and so on and my girls have learned to love these ingredients. They're been eating this since babies.
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day!  I can't say this enough.  I can eat breakfast morning, day and night and never get tired of it but when it comes to my kids, not so much.  It is hard to keep them interested in breakfast so I've done what every decent parent would do, give in to whatever they want as long as they eat something.   Here are some of the not so good breakfast we should steer away from as much as we can or at least leave them for the weekends. 
  1. Chocolate Nut Spread.  As much as I hate to say this but "Nutella, you are bad for me and my kids!" These recent commercials advertising chocolate spreads as healthy are actually very high in sugar which makes your kids hyper in the morning but tired later in the day when the sugar rush is over.  Better alternative is a light chocolate flavored cream cheese spread which have a good supply of calcium and keeps you full until lunch.
  2. Cereal.  Ooops, guilty!  Yes, I know how I love me some cereal but the truth is they are filled with lots of sugar, lots. Sorry, Apple Jacks and Frosted Flakes. :( If you must, look for whole grain options which are much healthier for you and your kiddos.
  3. Breakfast Drinks. If your child is crazy finicky eater and we know we all have one or two kids that will go through the "I don't want to eat anything" stage, so breakfast drinks are heaven sent.  These give your picky eater vital nutrients but if your child is healthy and doesn't need supplements, look for other options.  Healthy smoothies is what I create for my girls each morning.  Blend milk together with fruit and yogurt that will give your kids all the protein, fiber and calcium they need.
  4. Pancakes or Muffins.  Although some are considered a healthy food, they are actually filled with more carbohydrates than bread and surprisingly high in fat, being filled with butter and oil all. Oh and don't forget all the syrup! If you have to, it's best if you make your own muffins by using apple sauce and using whole grain flour to keep up the nutrition. Don't forget to add fruits like banana or blueberries to that extra boost in nutrition.
  5. Instant Oatmeal.  So, I'm definitely doing it all wrong.  Another guilty!  Peaches and cream is my favorite but actually these are filled with sugars... and I add my own sugar to boot.  Instead, buy quick oats and add your own fruits to the mix this way they are loaded with fiber and lower in calories. 
  6. Toaster Pastries. The bad is they are packed with calories and little fiber.  A lack of this essential fiber means your kids will be hungry and cranky shortly after breakfast.  One other alternative is to opt for a whole grain toast with natural peanut butter and sugar free jam.
  7. Fast Food Biscuits.  I'm not gonna lie, I love me some McDonald's Deluxe breakfast as much as the next mom out there who doesn't feel like making breakfast, but when I do, I do it every once in a while, maybe on a weekend.  What is best though is what you can cook them at home. Toast an english muffin and top them with a fried egg and slice of ham. 
I hope these ideas help you as much as they helped me.  I know I am guilty of every one of them but they are not my favorite choice of breakfast.  Give me some eggs, black beans, avocado and flour tortillas and I am good to go for the day. :)  I'm hispanic, this is what we love to eat.



Lorena Frith

Lifestyle Photographer in Houston, Texas

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