My boys are big eaters. Well, except for the youngest one. He is 17 months and still basically drinks hypoallergenic formula. Some days I fear that he will never eat regular food like a regular person, but that’s another story… (Reflux/GI issues). Today’s post is for the members of my family who do eat!

My boys’ favorite breakfast is Honey Nut Cheerios. It’s easy to find on sale, it’s full of sugar and artificial vitamins, and it fills them up for about 15 minutes. What a winning combination!

Lately, I have been looking for better breakfast options to fill them up. Here are some that have worked for us:

  • Breakfast Burritos – scrambled eggs and cheese inside a tortilla
  • A bagel with scrambled eggs on the side
  • Oatmeal. This one they have never liked, but I decided a couple months ago that they were going to have to like it. It’s filling, it’s affordable, and it is free of sugar (other than what you add), dyes, and preservatives. Here is how we like to make ours:

We use regular (not instant) oatmeal and put craisins (or raisins, but I like craisins better) in for the last couple of minutes of cooking time. Then we top with walnuts and brown sugar. Very yummy and more filling than cold cereal! One of my boys likes it with a little milk on top, and the other doesn’t want milk anywhere near it!

  • Pancakes – we use Hungry Jack complete pancake mix, but we add wheat germ to it. It makes the pancakes less “gooey” and adds some more nutrition as well.
  • Fried eggs with cinnamon toast on the side – the first time that I made them cinnamon toast (well, not the first, but it had been a looooong time), my oldest son said, “This is good! Did you make this yourself? Well, I know you didn’t make the bread… but where did you get the recipe for this?”

We do end up eating cold cereal 3-4 times a week (and some weeks 7 times), but we try to buy kinds that are more filling. Quaker Oatmeal Squares and Wheat Chex are some of our favorites. My goal is to get cereal down to no more than 3 times a week and to try to make sure that they get some protein the other days. I also would like to start buying our eggs from a farm that is very close to us instead of using grocery store eggs.

What do you feed your hungry boys for breakfast? Leave a comment with ideas or recipes!

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  1. jamie Oct 12, 2010

    We do steel cut oats in the crockpot overnight---that way they are ready when we get up in the morning. We like to add bananas, raisins and walnuts. YUM!

    1. Sarah Oct 14, 2010

      Jamie, I have been wanting to try steel cut oatmeal, but the longer cook time is the problem. This sounds like a great idea! How big is your crockpot? How much do you put in?

  2. Lacey Oct 12, 2010

    Pancakes: using Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

    When we have brown rice with dinner I make extra (leave it plain) for the next morning and add a little butter, sugar and cinnamon

    Homemade granola bars:

    Peanut butter/banana sandwiches

    Peanut butter/maple syrup homemade oatmeal

    Quick breads: cran/orange, banana nut, cinnamon strusel (sp?), choc chip zuc, blueberry, apple cinn, morning glory, coconut almond, etc etc

    1. Sarah Oct 14, 2010

      Thanks for the ideas! The rice with cinnamon sounds good, and maybe I can get the baby to eat that!

  3. Angie Oct 12, 2010

    My kids aren't huge on oatmeal but they LOVE the Baked Oatmeal I make. :) Of course, that's because it tastes like an oatmeal cookie! ha! I am trying different ingredients this week - applesauce instead of white sugar. We'll see if it's still a hit! Had to quit cereal when the boys started eating 5 bowls of it and were hungry in 30 minutes! lol

  4. Aimee Oct 13, 2010

    I've been reading a lot of blogs about healthy eating this month, along with looking at our budget. Oatmeal is the way to go!!! If you soak it in the liquid overnight, with a little yogurt of a couple drops of lemon juice added to the soaking mixture, it has a different texture in the am. Also, it is better for you that way. :) Steel cut oats are another variety- same idea but basically just the whole grain is chopped instead of rolled. Again, different texture. And in the healthy aisle of Whole Foods, they have all kinds of hot cereal you can buy that isn't too expensive considering how many times it will go for breakfast (I got a bag of 10 grain for $1-$2).
    We also do lots of eggs. We have a farmer about 5 minutes away who sells us pastured eggs for $2.50/doz. It is cheaper than the organic eggs at the store, but we go through 6 eggs per morning. So we don't do this all the time!!! :)
    English muffins are another good one, with peanut butter. Or a half a bagel, with a slice of cheese and a fried egg with the yellow broken so it doesn't leak out.

  5. Caroline Oct 13, 2010

    Pancakes and waffles are a hit at our house. When I make them, I usually do it from scratch on the weekend and make a lot of extras. Then I freeze the leftovers and just pop them in the microwave in the morning.

  6. Becky Perry Oct 13, 2010

    I really needed this post for my boys! Poptarts can make a mom feel mighty guilty!

  7. Laura Oct 13, 2010

    We have 9 children :-) and oatmeal is great for keeping tummies filled until lunchtime!

  8. Liberty Oct 13, 2010

    with 4 boys I am such a huge oatmeal fan, i even adapted it into a breakfast cookie - no bake! and a non-cook version.

  9. Innkeeper Seely Oct 14, 2010

    I grew up drinking an egg shake every morning: one egg, milk and Hershey's syrup tossed in the blender. Mom wasn't interested in cooking eggs every day and it was a sneaky way to get one into us. Now a days you would probably want to be sure of your egg suppy or use pasturized eggs to eliminate samonella fears.

  10. Jennifer Oct 14, 2010

    I love what you said about deciding they were going to like it. I have a few things on my menu we use that philosophy ;) My boys do love baked oatmeal, but we try to do regular, sweetened with maple syrup once a week or so.

  11. Lindsay @ BytesOfMemory Oct 18, 2010

    Great breakfast ideas! My husband comes from a large family and something that they could eat whenever they wanted was oatmeal. But they ate it a little weird (ok it sounds really weird.. but I have tried it and its really good). Take quick oats and put them in a bowl.. poor milk over them like its a regular cold cereal and add some honey for flavor. I don't like oatmeal because of the gooey texture this totally solves that problem but still fills you up.

  12. Valerie Oct 21, 2010

    Just found your site through Keeping the Kingdom First! Loving it! I have three boys also (5, 3 1/2, and 3 months).

    Anyway, I do this one pretty often... sausage browned like hamburger with eggs scrambled in it. I serve it with toast with butter and organic, unsweetened apple butter (which is s.u.p.e.r yummy!)

  13. Pamela Oct 22, 2010

    Here's my standby for picky kids.
    Any kind of bread and lightly toast it in toaster or broiler.
    Smear it with peanut butter, very thin.
    Cover it with marshmallows, we like nine little ones.
    Put it under broiler until marshmallows get golden.
    The peanut butter should get a little bit baked and crusty.
    Take it out and smash marshmallows gently until the ooze.

    This is not perfectly healthy but it is better than pop tarts, easy as pop tarts, and the ingredients can always be on hand.

  14. Sheri Jul 29, 2012

    I have 2 beautiful boys with life threatening allergies to eggs, a severe allergy to dairy, nuts, cranberries and celiac disease so no wheat, oats, or basket for us. The positive side is healthy eaters! I realize this post is old..... but I also know we all can get stuck in a rut! So, I thought I'd throw out more ideas! We do a lot of cream of rice (cream of wheat is cheaper) and we dress them up in different ways. Sometimes with smash up bananas & add them with a little honey. Other times I will cook apples & add applesauce t& o sweeten up with a little cinnamon.. My oldest likes raspberries, strawberries, & bananas. Another thing we live on is Sunbutter & toast (Gluten-free breads) & will use maple syrup. My little one like syrup & molasses. My oldest like Sunbutter, honey, & bananas. I always sprinkle everything with a little flax seed. Another secret to our mornings is homemade waffles & pancakes. I make about 100 in one weekend. I then freeze them by laying them flat on a cookie sheet. Once they are frozen I place them in a gallon size bag. I always replace the eggs in recipes with flax seed.

  15. Sheri Jul 29, 2012

    For those of you who are curious on how to replace eggs in recipes it is 1 Tablespoon ground flax mixed with 3 Tablespoons warm water per egg. I usually do this first thing & allow it to sit on the counter for 15 minutes before adding it to a recipe. It adds a little nutty flavor.


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