Some mornings I can’t help but feel a little sick of the options. This is a silly response, I know, since we often at least have bread, eggs, and cereal.
If you’ve ever felt in this boat, my amazing advice is:
Try your toast another way.
Sounds simple, right? That’s ’cause it is. I’ll list out how:
- The toasting part of toast can be adjusted.
So long as your toaster works better than mine, it’s got settings. You can go from barely-stale to nearly-black. Try them all!
- ‘Toast’ can be microwaved, instead. If you pop the bread in for a couple of seconds it makes it warm and somewhat floppy. One of my kids prefers it that way; maybe your kid does, too.
- Butter is not the only topping available. We’ve also tried honey, jam, peanut butter, fresh fruit, eggs and bacon and avocado, and cinnamon sugar over butter.
In fact, my son-who-must-not-have-taste-buds also topped his with mini pepperonis.
Do not use this power unwisely, but have a little fun testing and tasting.
Have you been grocery shopping lately?
At first it was funny. Then, it was interesting to see how many different combinations they could make. Now, ugh.
I am speaking of cold cereal.
Everyone (hopefully) knows that cold cereal is not healthy. It never really was. Even plain Cheerios has so much sugar it’s the second ingredient. But, I think this trend of completely unhealthy options is going too far. Whatever happened to at least deluding ourselves that cereal could be beneficial? -You know, like with all that “13 Essential Vitamins and Minerals” crap?
Instead; we have Chocolate Lucky Charms, Dippin Dots (an ice cream company), Sour Patch Kids (a candy, folks), and Oreo (a legitimate cookie in its own right) cereals. Heck, last time I was in there I saw Pop Tarts Cereal.
So here’s my breakfast tip for today:
Don’t buy cold cereal for breakfast with more sugar and fewer healthy ingredients than a slice of cake.
The reason these are on the shelves is that we, the consumer, are buying them. All it takes is a little message of self-control and a big desire to not send our children to an early-diabetic death.
When I was a smaller Chelsea, I recall my mother telling me about a woman she knew. “She makes breakfast every day for her children,” she said with incredulity.
Now that I’m a mother, I understand the surprise. Now that I am a mother to older children and I value my time in bed, I wonder at the sanity of that breakfast-baking woman. Did she know the benefits of (empty calorie) cereal?
Independence is important to teach children, for a variety of reasons. And independence doesn’t have to be about fetching crackers or applesauce packets when the need arises. It can also include making one’s own breakfast.
My breakfast tip for this week is to buy a few breakfast items the kiddos can ‘make’ themselves.
My favorites are bagels, yogurt, cereals, bread (for toast), and Costco muffins. Sometimes I enter Super Mom mode and bake muffins of my own. Other times, I have leftover waffles or pancakes.
Pancakes are great snack items or morning-after breakfast foods, by the way. Some days I grab a few and make PB&J sandwiches for an on-the-go breakfast.
Most mornings, I wake to the pleasant tinkle of spoons on cereal bowls or the smell of reheated waffles. Up until they get into a fight over the syrup, it’s a very pleasant morning.