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Re: breakfast for kids-what do you do?

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No no sure it's going to be a little block, and I'd also give em some fish or meat in the morning, but the principle is that refined carbs aren't what people really need in the morning to keep them going longest. Milk is great.
About Black olives, we cut one to take the seed out and it is already gone, you can't cut enough fast for the speed she is gobbing them! The best ones are from Turkey (I tried them all, greek, italian, spanish...) They are big with a lot of ''meat'' and very tasty.

For myself, in the week, I like a Bagel with cream cheese or I do a sandwich of whole bread with mustard, chicken or turkey sliced, cheese, tomatoes and lettuce. Miam Miam! I can't eat cereals, never did!
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Old 14.01.2011, 17:29
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Well, about 300gr ours. Ugh.

Feta is a lot more valuable than simple milk, for calcium content. I think more proteins, too.

I actually do agree with feta, dark bread and egg with some fruits or veggies to be the perfect breakfast, but cannot really see a 2yr old buying into this.
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Old 14.01.2011, 17:30
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About Black olives, we cut one to take the seed out and it is already gone, you can't cut enough fast for the speed she is gobbing them! The best ones are from Turkey (I tried them all, greek, italian, spanish...) They are big with a lot of ''meat'' and very tasty.

For myself, in the week, I like a Bagel with cream cheese or I do a sandwich of whole bread with mustard, chicken or turkey sliced, cheese, tomatoes and lettuce. Miam Miam! I can't eat cereals, never did!
For me, best breakfast olives are Turkish, but a really "elegant" olive is the French Picholine - they're less salty and easier to eat, especially in the afternoon. Do a toasted bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon, lemon juice and lots of black pepper. Migros do a pack of smoked salmon cut to little squares that fits a bagel perfectly.

On the other subject, if you get a kid young enough, they'll eat what they're given. I love it when parents say "my kid will only eat toast and jam"

Reckon there are any kids in rural Gujarat who are addicted to Nutella
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Your kid could do a lot worse than overeat apples! try this as a sweet snack:

Get plate:

2 tablespoons plain greek yoghurt
handful of dried fruit
handful of walnuts
2 teaspoons of honey.
yep! I can do natural yogurt thats one thing I have always given them, never the kids stuff with sugar, mixed with fruit/grains. But my difficult area is snack times, they always want biscuits/sweets/chocolate, so I was trying to balance the bad food with something good.
Although I could probably get away with giving my boy an apple and my girl a bowl of tomatoes but it never fills them.
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Re: breakfast for kids-what do you do?

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A good breakfast is essential - we tend towards low GI carbs - so porridge, bran, fruit. The default breakfast for my 3 y.o. is bran flakes, milk and a glass of milk.

I often make wholemeal toast with peanut butter for my breakfast and he usually cadges a piece off me if he's still hungry after he's had his cereal.

At the weekend we have something eggy with toast. If I can be bothered I make crumpets - the batter can be prepared the night before and left in the fridge to rise.

I have to say I despair when I see kids with cans of red bull or similar on the way to school in the mornings - they must be a joy to teach.

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Old 14.01.2011, 17:33
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yep! I can do natural yogurt thats one thing I have always given them, never the kids stuff with sugar, mixed with fruit/grains. But my difficult area is snack times, they always want biscuits/sweets/chocolate, so I was trying to balance the bad food with something good.
Although I could probably get away with giving my boy an apple and my girl a bowl of tomatoes but it never fills them.
Apples cut up with peanut butter to dip = tasty and filling
Tomatoes cut up with sprinkled feta or just cream cheese = tasty and filling.
Kids who demand a bar of chocolate: "No dear, we only have apples".
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Old 14.01.2011, 17:37
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Re: breakfast for kids-what do you do?

Weetabix. I'm sure it's in Migros or Coop.

But I normally just have coffee for breakfast.
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Re: breakfast for kids-what do you do?

I found a very good finger snack for my daughter, it is cereal of whole grain brand Actilife sold in migros. The box is yellow and white with an active woman on it. It is full of proteine, vitamins, name it!

She eats them like crackers (we actually call it crackers) and all kids love them. Everytime she offers them to her little friends, they all want more. And how cool for the mommies to see their kids eating it while I am telling them that it is without sugar!
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Weetabix. I'm sure it's in Migros or Coop.

But I normally just have coffee for breakfast.
And does that keep you going to lunchtime?
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Old 14.01.2011, 17:43
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And does that keep you going to lunchtime?
It actually will do. Sort of. Like this, your metabolism never really gets going, so any hunger pangs will just go away. IMO, your brain will not be operating to capacity like this.
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Old 14.01.2011, 17:59
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Feta is a lot more valuable than simple milk, for calcium content. I think more proteins, too.

I actually do agree with feta, dark bread and egg with some fruits or veggies to be the perfect breakfast, but cannot really see a 2yr old buying into this.
I love.love.love feta. Damn shame about the salt content.
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Old 14.01.2011, 18:03
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It actually will do. Sort of. Like this, your metabolism never really gets going, so any hunger pangs will just go away. IMO, your brain will not be operating to capacity like this.
Indeed, and it not good if you are trying to control your weight either; your metabolism will become sluggish as it needs a kick-start in the morning.
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Old 14.01.2011, 18:30
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(With all respect, do you have any idea of how little cheese a young child can actually eat in one go?)
My kids could easily polish off a pack of cheese each in one sitting (if I let em!) and I'm not joking - and that would be any kind of cheese - brie, blue cheese, strongest gruyere, feta, whatever, in our house cheese = stuff as much in my face as possible please mum.

(They'd never eat an olive though.)
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Indeed, and it not good if you are trying to control your weight either; your metabolism will become sluggish as it needs a kick-start in the morning.
You just need to work out (without breakfast).
Just don't get unconscious before you reach office.

On the subject: my mother used to make a MŘesli where she would crush whole spelt in a flour-mill at the least-fine level and keep that soaked in a little water for the night.
Then, in the morning, she would add grated apples, raisins, hacked nuts and honey.
I absolutely loved it.
I've now sort-of inherited the kitchen-appliance with the flour-mill and have started preparing it again, after a decade or two.
It takes some time to prepare, but it is a wonderful start into the day.
And it only takes 30g of spelt per person.

I really wonder about the people here who don't eat bread - what do you eat then?

The "Red Bull Breakfast" is certainly one of the most horrible things to do your body short of taking drugs.
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Re: breakfast for kids-what do you do?

Breakfast is a non negotiable subject in our house. Week days/Kindy days the children MUST eat weetbix. Usually they will also have at least 1 piece of toast. If they are still hungry they can have yoghurt or fruit after all of this. During the holidays & the weekends they are allowed "treat cereal" (honey pops, cocoa pops etc). Sundays is usually pancakes/waffles/French toast.
My eldest son usually complains about having to eat weetbix but I tell him it gives him the energy for him to play with his friends. I don't think a 2 yr old is too young to be told you need to eat healthy food so you have energy. If you say something often enough it eventually sinks in ( I hope! )
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Bananas in Porridge , Banana on Toast. Wholegrain cereals, without the added chocolate and sugar. Flapjacks and Maple syrup now and again. Scrambed eggs on toast for a change.

Dutch kids go to school with Nutella on Toast and other breads. It's all good GI stuff
bananas in porridge with raisons and yogurt on the top, bananas on toast with a slice of cheese on top.holegrain cereal with banana added. Flapjacks with banana slices in them and maple syrup now and then.

NZ kids go to school with vegemite on toast.
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PS: OKay, so I don't add banana to the scrambled egg option
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NZ kids go to school with vegemite on toast.
This is exactly what my kids eat most mornings!
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I have to say I despair when I see kids with cans of red bull or similar on the way to school in the mornings - they must be a joy to teach.
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What? Nick, pleeeeeaaaase tell me that you have never seen this in real life!!!!
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Old 14.01.2011, 20:18
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Re: breakfast for kids-what do you do?

Have a few varieties of normal (not kiddy-sweetened) breakfast cereals alternated daily with banana (or other fruit) and toast (or occasional croissant - Migros part-baked are best). Daily variety is the key.
I find the best cereals, when you don't have much of a morning appetite, are the "airy" pufffed type. Rice Krispies (or Migros equivalent); and the best (for me) - Coop own brand Dinkel Pops -- in a green and clear bag (not box), Naturafarm label. Dinkel ("spelt" in English), is an old grain type similar to wheat. The cereal itself is similar to Sugar Puffs (or generic Puffed Wheat), but no where near as sickly sweet, although they have a little added sugar. Eat, obviously with milk, crispy at first, or soggy after a bit of time. Either way they're quick and easy to eat, and give some nutrition and sustenance - despite the air.
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