February 2011

Breakfast Challenge Day 1: Healthy Breakfast Suggestions

Well, the breakfast challenge began today, with a not-so-inspired but healthy breakfast in our house of sprouted grain (Ezekiel) bread with nut butter and a pear (at least part of a pear). My assistant, Maddie’s household had a more inspired start -- with a new kind of smoothie -- inspired, she tells me, by a magic bullet infomercial. (I love those things!)

We’ll be including our favorite recipes as we go along this month, but this morning’s realization was that, as with any game, I probably should start with a game plan. Here’s a list of possible breakfast options -- so I don’t have to think TOO hard first thing in the morning.

Suggestions for Healthy Breakfasts

Oatmeal with fruit -- use milk or almond milk to cook the oatmeal for protein, stir in your child’s favorite fruit (a little dried fruit often such as dried apricots and raisins goes over well in my house), and sweeten with a bit of real maple syrup.

The 30-day Breakfast Challenge

The Shame

I’ve been taking a lot of heat lately -- from my own parents, and my mother-in-law -- and the truth is, I deserve it. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, that’s how I was raised (and both behavioral and cognitive studies on children agree!)... and yet...

Too many mornings we are racing to the car with a toaster waffle or granola bar in hand. Lunch, dinner, we have raised a beautifully balanced eater (throw a little sauce on his greens and he’ll down anything from broccoli to kale), but breakfast? Well, suffice it to say, we haven’t raised much of a breakfast eater, and both sets of grandparents have noticed.

The Importance of Breakfast

Maddie’s Amazing Fever-Reducing, Headache-Calming, Belly-Soothing, Health Drink

When my assistant Maddie came to me and said her 3 year old daughter wouldn’t drink any of the teas I had prescribed for her recent illness, I was surprised. I’d even gotten arrogant -- I mean Chinese herbs, they’re usually yucky, no surprises there. Its really a matter of gentle insistence -- after some gentle but firm encouragement the first few times, my son associates them with getting better (his mother is also an herbalist, so for better or worse he’s had to indulge me). But teas with sweet slippery elm and honey? Sickeningly sweet loquats? Ginger tea? I hadn’t met the child who wasn’t a taker.

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