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The biggest stickiest bowl of porridge my son can handle, it slows him down for the day as he's too stuffed. Works everytime. :-)

Personally I have 2 hard boiled eggs as I don't eat carbs.
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Re: breakfast for kids-what do you do?

My boys both have Ready Brek in the morning, they love it.
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We do bread on the weekend, but I feel really wasteful getting a whole load only to let it get stale after a slice or two, and can't manage to buy bread every day (though I live ABOVE a Coop ). Has anyone tried the croissants that can be put in the oven to finish? I could manage that before my coffee...probably...Bed? I wish, but with a two year old and a six month old, sadly that's not going to happen.
I cook the Migros Buttergipfel for the kids afternoon snack most days, 5 mins in a hot oven served with butter and jam, they love it. They are quite a reasonable price too I think its 3.20chf for 6.
There is no reason this couldnt be done for breakfast they are so quick and the taste is good imo, you could have them with anything they fancy - cheese, nutella,cottage cheese.... my son often requests his with Peanutbutter but hey each to their own!
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If you're worried about bread going stale, why not slice and freeze it? Take out what you need the evening before if, like most people here, you don't have space for a toaster.
We do a slice of bread with jam and maybe some yoghurt. Takes us 10 mins including coffees and milk
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Re: breakfast for kids-what do you do?

If you don't want to have to fuss around with stuff and you are pressed for time try what we do every day ...it has become the one meal that I don't dread having to try and get my kids to eat as they love it and it is super fast...

A very filling and nutritious milkshake (They can drink it in a bottle or a sippy cup or something and even have it on the way to wherever you are going if needed) Also, you can just drink some as well which then gives you a good start to your day as well!

The basic recipe I use is here:

http://puresante.weebly.com/4/post/2...as-needed.html

I vary it depending on whether the kids want vanilla or chocolate or banana or berry or other kinds of fruit mixed in, but the key to keeping it filling and satisfying for the whole morning is to make sure you put in enough of the quark or heavy fat cream or something as well as the fruit or else they will be hungry pretty quick after (sugars fuel the hunger feeling, while healthy fats keep you feeling full for longer)

Hope that helps - all you need in terms of equipment is either a blender (but if you are limited for space then a hand mixer thing that you can just use in a jug works just as well!

I buy all my protein powder from www.iherb.com in the states cause it is much cheaper than here in Switzerland and much better quality. I like the brands MRM whey protein and Natural Factors whey protein. Also shipping to Switzerland is only 4usd if you keep your package weight to 3lbs and they even give a $5 discount on your first order when you use the referral code VAN187 :-)

Make sure you only give your kids whey protein powders as any soy proteins or products are not healthy for kids in particular because they mimic female estrogens and depress thyroid function among other things, and it is sad but soy protein is pretty much the only protein powder on the mainstream market in Switzerland....sorry getting sidetracked on another rant here...

but anyway, hope that inspires you :-) Milkshakes for breakfast are awesome and super easy and the kids generally love them - we have been having them for the past 3 years and still aren't bored...its the one meal of the day that is so easy!
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Migros and Coop sell hard boiled eggs. They are the ones that are plainted in various colours.
Thanks for that I always wondered what the coloured eggs were all about! I really dislike hard boiled eggs but my daughter loves them but I awlays forget to do any so are these eggs good? should't they be kept in a fridge?
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Re: breakfast for kids-what do you do?

Sounds like the bake-a-few-minutes bread would work. I think I could choke down a gipfeli at 7 am, and my darling toddler would like that as well. Not sure I can handle the mess of yogurt that early (she's been known to face paint with it) and she may eventually allow us to serve her hard boiled eggs, but for now eggs in any form are a tough sell.

And she HATES toppas. I don't understand, as they're the only cereal she's ever had with so much obvious sugar (both corn flakes and rice crispies have sugar in them as the second ingredient).

Shakes sound like a good idea too, though I'm not sure about my ability with chopping fruit at 6:30 am. Maybe I"ll leave that to Mr. Swiss.
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The biggest stickiest bowl of porridge my son can handle, it slows him down for the day as he's too stuffed. Works everytime. :-)

Personally I have 2 hard boiled eggs as I don't eat carbs.
I don't think I could handle either eggs or porridge in the early morning. I'm barely able to force down the coffee and a spoonful of corn flakes!

Oh wait, maybe my picky daughter is getting her cues from somewhere....nah!
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Re: breakfast for kids-what do you do?

Our kids favorite is Nutella on bread. You can get those small soft breads at coop or migro that don't go stale for a while which are best.

There is also the tartine here in swiss romande--jam/jelly with butter on bread. A replacement when the Nutella runs out.
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Banana slices mixed with yoghurt kinda like bircher muesli without the wholemeal bits... glass of orange juice, followed by a slice of toast and honey. Your child will be able join in and eat the same food.

The toast goes on while you are preparing the first part, and pops up just as you finish the bananas and yoghurt.
Not too bad, but I would lay off the juice for the kids. Better for them to eat the fruit whole. The juice is mainly sugar.
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Our kids favorite is Nutella on bread. You can get those small soft breads at coop or migro that don't go stale for a while which are best.

There is also the tartine here in swiss romande--jam/jelly with butter on bread. A replacement when the Nutella runs out.
Nutella has quite a bit of sugar, and those breads don't go stale for a reason (E #'s,preservatives). Jam and Jelly/butter on bread ok , but not all the time.
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Re: breakfast for kids-what do you do?

Rice flour porridge....sounds strange, I know, but its yum! and it has a neutral taste that appeals to small kids.
Bimbosan Rice flour, from the Drogerie

Pour a bit of warm milk into a bowl, slowly add rice flour and mix with a fork until you reach a porridge consistency, add a bit of honey or brown sugar and tadaaa!
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I cook the Migros Buttergipfel for the kids afternoon snack most days, 5 mins in a hot oven served with butter and jam, they love it. They are quite a reasonable price too I think its 3.20chf for 6.
There is no reason this couldnt be done for breakfast they are so quick and the taste is good imo, you could have them with anything they fancy - cheese, nutella,cottage cheese.... my son often requests his with Peanutbutter but hey each to their own!
A croissant for a snack most days? Didn't their kinski tell them about foods and appropiate snacks? Actually the peanut butter in moderation is better than the Nutella
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No, but the ideas are good, why not introduce those foods to kids. It can take 15 or 20 times before a kid will like a food.
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Thanks for that I always wondered what the coloured eggs were all about! I really dislike hard boiled eggs but my daughter loves them but I awlays forget to do any so are these eggs good? should't they be kept in a fridge?
The eggs are good and last for at least a week I think (I can't recall - I prefer soft-boil). The younger kids love to peel them open themselves.

My kids are hooked on Goober Grape at the moment. Not sure where I'm gonna get the next bottle....

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No, but the ideas are good, why not introduce those foods to kids. It can take 15 or 20 times before a kid will like a food.
40 years later and olives still suck :-)

It's a great breakfast Eco suggested, if I was in a hotel on holiday... Kids would be adults before they appreciated the offering...poor mum too,that's a wedge of time and shopping to add to the daily chores...
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Ours loves Topas cereal, which is the Swiss name for mini-wheats (mini shredded wheat with some sugar - I know, I know, but it is shredded wheat...).

Add my vote for bananas, toast, etc. Why not get one of the braun hand mixers and make a smoothie? Banana + joghurt + milk = yummy and healthy breakfast beverage!

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Ours eats topas once in a while, but it gives the milk a funny taste
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Re: breakfast for kids-what do you do?

Our kids basically eat cereal or toast. Sometimes porridge. On the weekend I do sometimes make pancakes for a treat, but only when we get up late and it's around 10am - that's the earliest I can stomach eating.

I don't eat with my kids at breakfast - just do not have time - yes I know - everyone says blah de blah de blah but frankly - it's stressful enough getting four people out of bed and dressed and out the door I haven't got the time to sit there watching them eat at the pace of a snail as well.

Shakes would absolutely never work here. My kids hate thick drinks - seriously - they would never go for that. Drinks have to be the texture of water - they even don't really like milk. And any bits in it and they would never go for it either. Yoghurt has to have no bits too so forget doing anything like mixing fruit into plain yoghurt. Not here!

So, yes, after much trial and effort we have settled on cereal - we have a lot of different ones - probably none healthy but I don't really care that much to be honest - they eat well enough most of the time to be allowed to have sugary cereal. And on toast they have marmite, jam, nutella, whatever they like.

And as for hard boiled eggs for breakfast - just the thought of that makes me

I get round the not eating breakfast question with the kids by telling them I eat breakfast at work. [I don't - in fact I hate breakfast! lol!]
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Re: breakfast for kids-what do you do?

Hubby and I eat oatmeal most mornings. 1 cup of cut rolled oats, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of milk in the rice cooker for 15 minutes. I either add brown sugar and cinnamon, raisins and chopped dried apricots, or grated apple and cinnamon. And we always crumble a few walnuts on top.

The kids only want cereal, and of course they want the crap cereals. In the interest of moderation, they are allowed to alternate mornings of having crap cereal (cookie crisp or cinniminis) and Cherrios, which at least has less sugar and a good oatmeal content.

If you're into bread, but don't like it stale, you can always make fabulous french toast with stale bread. Just slice it up and put it in a casserole dish, beat up some eggs, milk, a tiny bit of sugar and some cinnamon and pour that on top. Leave it covered over night in the fridge and cook it up the next morning (or midday - it makes a great lunch too).
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