My girlfriend Angie asked this question via email to a group of mommies :
“Thought I would ask some of you mommies what you guys do for breakfast on school days, I am looking for ideas for fast and easy but nutritious things for breakfast, seems like it can be such a battle in the morning to find something that he will eat fast that does not take forever to make and not loaded with bad stuff. Would love to hear some suggestions if you have time.”
Very interesting inquiry. Quick? Nutritious? Can you have both? Right now, I consider it a good day if they just eat!!!
Crash refuses to go in carpool, he’s a 5th grader and he FINALLY gets to sit in the back seats of the bus, and he is not going to miss this golden opportunity. So he gets himself up at 5:45 AM!!! To get a quick shower (because that’s what 5th graders do MOM…) then he wakes me up at 6…I wake up Pootie and Lola. Peanut, the baby, thankfully will stay asleep for a tad longer.
Crash and I go downstairs, and while I fix 4 lunches (Hubby takes his lunch because he is driving to Cleveland County every day right now and leaving to eat lunch would just waste time….) Crash scarf’s something down. Anything…bagel, English muffin, cereal (it’s fortified for goodness sakes, and has the recommended daily allowances and that’s controlled by the government…so it has to be healthy, right?). I figure if he slathers a bit of jelly on the bagel or English muffin that’s a fruit…has a glass of milk or OJ. He has covered one or two of the food groups for the day. And he races out the door at 6:25 to catch the bus that comes at 6:33 AM!!!
One down, two to go. Lola hates eating breakfast (she’s a girl.) I keep waiting for the day when she tells me she’ll just have a diet coke or cup of coffee; she is my child after all. I think I’ve accomplished something major if I can get her to take a couple of bites of anything. Instant oatmeal is top on her short list of things she’ll eat for breakfast. One food group if we are lucky!!!! She rides in carpool with one of the neighbors and doesn’t have to leave until 6:50. She says the bus in the morning is over rated.
One more left, Jack, the middle school man-child. He eats a minimum of two bowls of cereal AND occasionally an English muffin or bagel. Of course, he is at the stage of eating anything that is not tied down. So after wolfing down his box, I mean bowls, of fortified government controlled cereal, he heads out the door.
All by 7 a.m.!
Thanks, Amy for sharing your story – TOTALLY made me laugh out loud! I can certainly relate, as I’m sure many of our Smarty readers can as well. But to your friend’s original question: ” what’s for breakfast?” I would love to hear any quick and easy ideas you might have for breakfast options … and hey, if they’re ultra nutritious to boot, all the better! You can find more of Amy’s Smarty humor on her blog, www.momcani.blogspot.com. Enjoy! — TS