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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