What do you give your DC for breakfast?

(42 Posts)
Paxdora Wed 20-Mar-13 10:36:51

I'm looking for filling ideas:

So far this week my DC has had:

Monday - porridge with honey, fruit juice
Tuesday - scrambled eggs on toast (which he made himself - under strict supervision!)
Wednesday - melon and a buttered Heston hot x bun (waitrose) - we were running very late this morning so had to be quick

I'm trying hard to steer clear of cereals during the school week as I find them too high in sugar and my DC really doesn't need that sugar rush and pending dip in the school morning.

Any ideas gratefully received.

pinkdelight Wed 20-Mar-13 11:25:54

You're doing very well by the sounds of it. Mine insist on the same thing everyday - bowl of (non-frosted) shreddies, brown toast and jam. I don't find the sugar rush thing a problem and some cereals aren't so bad anyway, the branny ones for instance. Anyhow, hopefully someone will be along with all kinds of healthy pancake, blueberry, yoghurty suggestions soon. But while you're good not to be doing the same everyday, I don't think it has to be exciting/different each day either.

AnisotropicWeetabixFTW Wed 20-Mar-13 11:31:51

Not all cereals are sugary. And the sugar rush thing is a bit of a myth anyway.

We always have cereals to choose from (weetabix/shreddies/porridge/branflakes/muesli) and they can have these with milk or yoghurt and fruit. Sometimes they just have yoghurt and fruit. We have eggs so they can have those in various forms. Bread for toast (beans/mushrooms/eggs on toast sometimes) and often another bread based option like crumpets or muffins, occasionally waffles. I also make pancakes quite often, or drop scones usually and they have them with fruit and yoghurt too.

Paxdora Wed 20-Mar-13 12:21:48

Thanks everyone for some fantastic suggestions. I'm going to try drop scones next week.

Just as an aside, I certainly notice a difference in my sons behaviour and concentration when he hasn't had cereal for breakfast - as does his teacher.

I'm not saying all cereal is bad - some are atrociously sweet and sugar laden and, I know, others less so. He does have cereal but usually as a weekend treat and occasionally midweek.

He's a very active, constantly hungry 8 year old - so I also find that a more substantial breakfast satisfies him for longer smile

Bircher Muesli?

3rdnparty Wed 20-Mar-13 12:41:09

We have switched from cereal to a more protein led breakfast, initially as a trial but have all really noticed a benefit so things like;

scrambled egg on wholemeal toast
cheese toastie
bacon sandwich
boiled egg
cottage cheese/muffin
also done yoghurt with seeds on top/fruit
fish fingers
roast chicken/ham/pork wrap
baked beans (not for ds he hates them but for me!)
peanut butter (no added sugar variety)
occasionally sausages

we never had sugary cereal generally porridge/homemade granola/shredded wheat but it ds (7.5) has loved it says he feels full until lunchtime!

MerryMarigold Wed 20-Mar-13 12:46:56

We have:

- Home-made granola (there's tons of sugar in it though!) on yoghurt
- Porridge/ with banana
- Wholemeal toast and marmalade
- A Sri Lankan breakfast made with whole rice flour and shredded fresh coconut
(you can get it frozen)
- Greek yoghurt with frozen fruits and honey (defrosted in micro)

noramum Wed 20-Mar-13 13:10:08

DD is a phase eater. So at the moment we have Bran flakes with raisins and a cup of milk. Other alternatives are Raisin Wheats (like shredded wheats but with raisin filling).

On weekends we have French toasts once in a while.

Before the cereal phase we had the Coronation Chicken sandwich phase (if it would be up to DD, she would eat it 3x a day) and the Honey bread phase.

If she goes to her childminder in the morning (a couple of days each months) she eats there and just has a yoghurt at home.

Taffeta Wed 20-Mar-13 14:55:45

Merry , may I ask where you get the Sri Lankan coconut thingy? It sounds yum.

Taffeta Wed 20-Mar-13 14:57:32

Sorry v ride to jump in and ask a q and not answer the op. my apologies, we have mainly porridge. Sometime hot cross buns or malt loaf. Sometimes toast. They like my hm marmalade, and Marmite. But not together that would be grim.

Eggs at the weekend, sometimes croissants.pancakes as special treat.

afussyphase Wed 20-Mar-13 15:00:22

My toddler has either shredded wheat or wheatabix (both low in sugar) with smoothies (not so much, but hey, it's the whole fruit blah blah blah), and a tiny piece of bagel. My 4yo has a half bagel (minus tiny piece) with cream cheese, sometimes a fruit / bit of smoothie, usually milk. Or she'll have the cereal option. I like an egg on toast but usually end up with cottage cheese/fruit or the other half bagel.

Sopster Wed 20-Mar-13 16:56:27

Mine have had weetabix with milk and fruit every day since they were weaned! They are now 6 and 3. They have different fruit in it each day.

schilke Wed 20-Mar-13 20:59:43

Same thing every day. Toast for dc 1 & 4. Cereal for the two in the middle. As long as they eat something then I'm not fussed.

No time for scrambled eggs in this house unless I get up at 6 which I'm not doing!

grants1000 Wed 20-Mar-13 21:02:24

Bran Flakes, Cheerios, Special K, Oat Pillows, Weetabix.

Malt Loaf is a good one to fill up.

We have what we call 'weekend cereal' all hte sugary crap!

bishboschone Wed 20-Mar-13 21:04:16

My dd won't eat breakfast !! I have managed to get her to eat a nutri grain bar but its under duress ! I'm impressed you dc eat all that!

Bish my DS doesn't eat breakfast at all. Not even the sugary crap. Dd however ploughs through proper porridge, toast and banana. Both skinny rakes.

Jezabelle Wed 20-Mar-13 21:24:55

I'm amazed by the variety! Puts me to shame. We have cereal every morning. Never the extra sugary ones. Rarely have time for anything much else on a school day. We sometimes have pancakes and blueberries at the weekend.

Oh and fish fingers??!

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 20-Mar-13 21:33:22

This morning they both wanted ready brek with raisins and chopped banana.

Smooshy Wed 20-Mar-13 21:50:20

We are incredibly boring and have the same thing every day!

DS1 - jam on toast (doesn't like cereal)
DS2 - marmite or peanut butter on toast (only like crunchy nut cornflakes, which are a rare treat)
DS3, 4 & 5 - bran flakes with raisins and milk.

I like my bed too much to get up earlier and make anything more extravagant!

TheSecondComing Wed 20-Mar-13 22:06:43

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KatherineKrupnik Wed 20-Mar-13 22:11:16

Routine is porridge. At the moment it's with banana, sometimes it's with honey, cream, maple syrup.

Sometimes it's peanut butter toast, croissants, eggs, bagels, weetabix. Might try them with French toast.

DD1 has a big breakfast. DD2 picks.

I don't really get why you need to vary it as long as its a 'good' breakfast?

KatherineKrupnik Wed 20-Mar-13 22:12:58

Oh, popcorn. If we are up in time to make it (in the pan) dd will have a bowl of popcorn & milk after her porridge.

Pancakes sometimes, hot cross buns at this time of year.

MrsMarigold Wed 20-Mar-13 22:17:06

Weetabix, yoghurt, banana or clementine.

treats include cheese scones and dates in porridge with orange zest and cream

Mooshbag Wed 20-Mar-13 22:27:28

Most days porridge and banana, raisins, cooked apple and cinnamon, or honey.
Weetabix with banana and honey, followed by toast.

I'm trying to wean her off the honey. The coconut breakfast sounds good.

MerryMarigold Thu 21-Mar-13 09:44:04

Taffeta, I make the Sri Lankan thing (also South Indian), but it's dead easy. You buy ground red rice flour from South Indian/ Sri Lankan shops and mix with water so it looks like crumble and then steam it with the frozen coconut (from same type of shop). Eat with mashed banana.

KatherineKrupnik Thu 21-Mar-13 13:58:56

merrymarigold, is that frozen fresh coconut then? So you mix red rice flour with water & the coconut (grated), then steam it?

Enthuse Thu 21-Mar-13 14:22:47

Porridge with fruit and yogurt, toast and juice every single day and they protest at any changes or variations.

As treat for me ... cornflakes on weekend as I consider porridge hard work...

Elibean Thu 21-Mar-13 14:50:11

Toast, bagels or crumpets, or muesli/cheerios, and sometimes fresh fruit.

Neither of my dds are hungry in the mornings, its a battle to get them to eat much! Whereas I, sadly, loooove breakfast....

SpringtimeForShatner Thu 21-Mar-13 15:04:46

This week there have been various combinations of the following:

hot cross buns (Aldi) wink
Rice Krispies
fruit juice

If you think your son isn't being sustained on cereal, you're either not giving enough or giving the wrong sorts. A good cereal will be filling and nutritious. Not that he has to be eating cereal, but don't write it off as a poor choice.

wordfactory Thu 21-Mar-13 15:08:45

Banana on toast.

Ragwort Thu 21-Mar-13 15:08:50

My DS's favourite breakfast is either bacon sandwiches blush or pain au chocolat grin. He sometimes has cereal or peanut butter on toast; he has fruit most mornings as well and milk to drink. Sometimes he will have a boiled egg or scrambled.

Mutley77 Thu 21-Mar-13 15:13:31

I'm with you on the "cereal"; although mine do have Cereal it is either Weetabix or porridge, some fruit (apple / grapes usually) and a drink of fruit juice or milk. I am pretty regimented on it because a. it saves time and arguing by sticking to the same thing and b. my DD is pretty fussy and bad with food so I figure at least if she's had a good breakfast it is a good start to the day - getting in one of her five a day at that point is crucial too. I am not a total witch so at weekends we often have pancakes or croissants or eggs (or a less nutritionally valuable cereal). And maybe once a fortnight on a school day I allow Cheerios or Shreddies, or toast with butter and jam/marmite as a "treat" - the fruit and drink still stand though!).

blackteaplease Thu 21-Mar-13 15:15:15

Weetabix or porridge here, shreddies as a treat. Dd doesn't like eggs or croissants or bagels or muffins or pancakes. She is odd.

hillbilly Thu 21-Mar-13 16:53:38

Weetabix, porridge, wholewheat toast with peanut butter or butter and jam. Fruit. Eggs or pancakes at the weekend.

MerryMarigold Fri 22-Mar-13 09:05:35

Katherine, yes frozen fresh (scraped coconut). You mix hot water with the red rice flour so it's in little crumbs then steam till it goes darker in colour (5-10 mins). I usually put the coconut in a big lump on top towards the end, it doesn't need to be mixed in till you actually eat it. When they do it properly they layer the coconut and the red rice crumbs in a special steamer so it comes out all stripey! You can keep in fridge and warm in microwave when you want it. Really nice with a knob of butter melted into it and mixed up, or with banana, or if you are dh then with butter, sugar and banana (he cycles a long way to work!).

MerryMarigold Fri 22-Mar-13 09:06:54

You do need the Indian shops to get this stuff, unfortunately. I don't think Tesco sell the fresh, grated coconut.

simonthedog Fri 22-Mar-13 09:25:02

Some cereals although they sound healthy have a lot of sugar in, branflakes 22%, cheerios 21.5% special K 17-20% sugar depending on the sort. The marketing of these products fools us into thinking they are much better for you.
Weetabix 4.4%, shredded wheat 0.7%, rice krispies 10% are much better.
Also honey is just sugar, in a natural form but still sugar, from a dentist point of view it is just as bad for your teeth.

insanityscratching Fri 22-Mar-13 11:17:08

Dd eats plenty at breakfast and then barely touches lunch at school. She generally has something cooked so sausage sandwich, bacon and egg, hash brown and beans, pancakes, muffins, toasted sandwiches and then juice or milk.

KatherineKrupnik Fri 22-Mar-13 11:36:38

Thanks merrymarigold! We have Indian shops nearish so I will try in there & give it a bash!

lljkk Fri 22-Mar-13 11:47:28

Best guesses...

40% of all DC breakfast calories are from microwaved porridge.
20% bready things like simple toast, bagels, tortillas or croissants
25% Breakfast cereals (only 2 DC eat it at all)
5% something a little more complicated, like hoarded leftover pancakes, fried bread or a cheesy sandwich.
15% odd things, like fruit, left over pizza, mini cheddars, Milk, or uneaten pudding from previous night.

Serious bunfights if leftover pizza is in the house.

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