Breakfast Challenge

The...29 Day...Challenge? Plus, My Family’s Recipe for Wheat Germ Pancakes

Ugh, today I got lazy -- and failed. I offered my son another English muffin (homemade this time, but this gets a big ‘who-cares’ from most little ones I know -- if it isn’t delicious, they aren’t impressed by elemental cooking). In any case, it was another English muffin, with nut butter -- strike that -- I was in a hurry and just threw on some fruit jam, which at that moment was easier to find, and cut a couple of slices of pear -- strike that too, my husband did it.... And we threw it all in the car instead of sitting down as we’ve been doing throughout this challenge. So, in total, a complete disaster. In the end, my tired son, already feeling ornery and slightly rebellious about going back to school after Spring Break, took one look at breakfast on a paper towel, and disdainfully shut his lips tight and glared at me as though I had just demanded he drink down battery acid.

Maddie’s Ultimate Blueberry Banana Smoothie

In honor of Spring, and 22 days and counting into our breakfast challenge, Maddie has come up with the ultimate smoothie recipe. Absolutely indulgently delicious, and chalk full of potassium, antioxidants, and good-for-you fats, the word straight from Maddie’s kitchen: ”You gotta make this...SOO good with the coconut milk and honey!!”

For protein, you can add yogurt, protein powder (whey or hemp both taste great and add protein punch) or a side of whole grain toast and nut butter.

Please forgive us if you are still trapped in the snow (in which case, stick with hot oatmeal, and file this away for a couple of months!), in Austin it hit 90 degrees last week...

 

Blueberry Banana Smoothiewhole grain toast with nut butter

BREAKFAST CHALLENGE SUCCESS: French Toast with Fruit

I forget how quick French toast really is to make. It combines the protein of the eggs with the complex carbohydrates of the bread, which satisfies the protein - complex carbohydrate balance that feeds little one’s brain. Equally important, he loves it!
This recipe is easily modifiable for food sensitivities and preferences, and feels like a treat to my son. With nearly 12 grams of protein per slice, this is a breakfast that seems like a decadent treat, and still gives us the protein/complex carbohydrate balance we’re looking for. This recipe is my variation on a wonderful Good Housekeeping recipe (thanks, Delish.com for posting!) that we’ve amended to accomodate my son’s favorite ingredient (cinammon, cinammon, cinammon!), and his food sensitivities.

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

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