Houston, we’ve got a problem. And its name is Oreos For Breakfast.

Somehow, what happened is that The Who wakes up on his own now, nukes his pre-prepared (by me) chocolate milk, and then settles in for some indeterminate amount of tv with his milk and a snack. For a while, this was fine. He was sated and I got to sleep a little later. Win-win. But lately, instead of snacking on Pirate’s Booty or Trader Joe’s fruit strips (neither exactly nutritious, but both passable as far as I was concerned) he’s been opting for Nilla Wafers and Oreos. So this means that by the time I am up and trying to motivate him to get dressed for school, he’s cranky and lethargic and then I’m sending him off to school with no fortification. That’s some stellar parenting I’m doing right there.

I feel like I need to pause here to briefly discuss our decisions around food and choices. The Who, while a lover of sweets, is also a lover of fruits (mostly berries) and most animal proteins (you might recall that he counts frog legs and salmon among his favorite dinners.) He has always been able to limit himself when it comes to food and rarely (if ever?) gets a tummy ache from overeating or too many sweets. He can be offered dessert on the same plate as dinner and eat it all in equal parts and after Halloween this year, he willingly offered up all his candy to be shared with us and, just as he has after all previous Halloweens, basically forgot about his candy bucket the next day. So, I do believe we are doing something right in terms of choices and allowances overall. But, that said, when it comes to breakfast, we’re doing it all wrong.

He’d eat eggs and bacon and toast and cheese any day of the week if I got up and made it for him, but my dilemma is this: how do I get him to independently make his own breakfast food that is not made of fail?

My first effort is going to be egg muffins and I will cross my fingers that the texture isn’t something that will turn him off. (It’s one of the reasons smoothies don’t work, so don’t bother suggesting them; he doesn’t even really like milkshakes that much.) My plan is to make a bunch and freeze them individually so he can just microwave them himself. Next, I’ll try homemade granola bars or protein bars — the benefit of homemade being that I can control both the sugar and the ingredients so that it’s something he likes. (I’m not a fan of the Truvia in this recipe, so I may experiment a little.)

Do you have any other great ideas for healthy breakfasts that The Who can prepare himself? I’ve got to turn this morning Oreo trainwreck around.

9 thoughts on “Breakfast.

  1. How about a high protein cereal? Go Lean crunch is pretty good and has about 9 grams per serving. There is also a granola cereal that comes in a little bag that has 10 grams.

  2. I think there i a line of cookies that seem like oreos that have extra protein and fiber tho a nice tasting protein bar could work for him, be careful it’s not too much fiber for a child tho. The egg muffin idea sounds right, what I was going to suggest, tho the microwaving has to be “just right” or it’ll be a gummy mess. Will he just eat some cheese slices or cheese chunks? Reese’s peanut butter cereal (like Kix) is a great dry snack…check it out.

  3. Someone brought something like egg muffins to one of the workouts and they were SO GOOD. I think my suggestion would be to get him to help make them (if you can) because I’ve found that kids are a lot more excited to eat food that they think they made. You could even go so far as to show him the recipe and let him pick from a list of fillings (I imagine it would be easier for you to make a list and let him pick so he doesn’t pick ridiculous stuff) so he really feels in charge of it all.

  4. If you’re going for the passably-healthy, I’ve been eating Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits. Not super high-protein (5g/serving) but pretty nutritious/balanced overall for what amounts to, taste-wise, a crispy oatmeal cookie.

  5. Robin,

    There is a recipe you can Google for homemade Kind bars that is yummy and less expensive than buying them.


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  6. One thing here strikes me as a miracle. I once read this study where they had a conveyor belt of food and children were allowed to choose foods from the belt all day….all food groups. They ate a balanced diet, though not as we would imagine. they snacked. BUT when sugar was introduced? they went crazy. no more balanced diet….the WHO seems to resist this model. And yet the lure of sugar in the a.m. is there. Can he have hard boiled egg on toast? He pushes bread down into toaster? Or can he have toast w peanut butter? egg salad? even “lunch as breakfast?” not sure what the answer is but it’s fun to think about!

  7. I will occasionally make little containers of sliced hard-boiled egg & TJs apple-chicken sausage. My kids will eat that straight out of the fridge cold.

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