Three kids. Three different breakfasts. I didn’t plan it like this. And I would LOVE to sit them all down to the same thing, but that just doesn’t happen around here.
Not since the days of porridge with pureed pear and chia seeds. So easy and always gobbled. Gone are those glory days as my son refuses porridge and my daughter only likes hers with a drizzle of maple syrup and the baby needs it served in raw milk.
I’d like to state that I don’t feel like they SHOULD all eat the same thing. An eighteen month old, a three year old and five year old are at different stages of life and while the older one is getting more adventurous, the younger ones just like what they like. Fair enough too.
They are also completely different people with completely different needs and tastes. Now I’m not advocating that you should do what I do, I am merely sharing that breakfast can be a challenge around here, especially since my kiddies were introduced to Weetbix by house guests and the youngest really only ever wants that – even if it’s not in the house she just refuses to eat other things. “beekbix” she called it. So fun! Because of this, breakfast is getting very random at our house…
Now, I know that some of you are going to say ‘what’s wrong with Weetbix’? I get asked in every round of Small Steps to Wholefoods. Because the ingredients don’t contain ‘numbers’ which is great and it’s not covered in sugar so, as breakfast cereals go, it’s not too bad. But it’s also not too great either. Those light and paper thin slices of wheat have been heated and manipulated, losing lot’s of nutrition in the process. The non-organic weetbix are also sprayed and could potentially be from genetically modified grains (I am not sure of this – but you never know these days). Modern day wheat is super problematic and as a rule I try and steer clear as often as I can.
Not only that, there are far better options for breakfast than cereal. I don’t think breakfast cereal of any kind is a super nutritious choice. I was recently in New York and was explaining how I thought good-quality bacon and eggs was more nutritious than Cheerios. Well, the conversation that happened afterwards was truly enlightening. The group of smart, savvy and switched on women I was chatting too said “maybe use a different example, because Cheerios are healthy”.
I was stunned.
“No, really, they have the healthy tick”.
Oh WOW! So I proceeded to try and explain what happens to grains to make them into that little round shape,and that the product that is spat out at the other end is devoid of life and offers very little nutritional value. I know that many people reading this probably give their kids Cheerios for breakfast and I’m sorry to have to do this, but the ‘tick of approval’ isn’t because they are good for you – it’s because they meet a few requirements for sodium, fat etc levels.
When I’m thinking of ‘healthy’ I think – how real is this – and it includes not only the ingredients list but also the process the product has gone through to get to us. The less processing, the more real.
So in saying all this – I will wholeheartedly remind you that we are not perfect and buy the Organic Weetbix to have on hand after the gluten-free weetbix was big time booed. I HATE WASTING FOOD so made a weetbix slice (or two) with leftovers and of course they ate that….
Here is a list of how random our breakfasts can be…
What my kids ate for breakfast this week:
- Porridge with a dash of maple syrup and frozen organic blueberries.
- A plate of – half an avocado, a handful of strawberries and a piece of sourdough toast with butter.
- A ‘flat egg’ (basically fried but it can’t go crispy – very important for my son!) on sourdough toast.
- Weetbix – I add chia seeds, raw milk (a personal preference but each to their own) and banana to beef up the goodness.
- Apple wedges dipped in peanut butter
- Chocolate Milk
- A glass of water kefir (instructions on how to make kefir can be found in our upcoming ecourse – sign up here to be the first to know when it’s released)
- My delicious Peanut Butter Breakfast Slice
- Sourdough toast with raw honey
- These grain-free banana pancakes which the kids really liked (but weren’t for me)
- Apple chips and ‘corn lollies’ (frozen corn kernels) with boiled egg
- Um, we also got croissants for breakfast on the weekend….
Overhauling breakfast is tough. I don’t like change and it’s taken me many years to even WANT to jump off the vegemite on toast and coffee bandwagon. It was my brekky for years. So with kids we need to be gentle too.
What do your kids eat for breakfast?
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