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ideas for breakfast please

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clare21 Tue 29-Jul-08 20:18:38

We've got 4 year old twins who are happily good eaters. But over last month or so dd has gone off breakfast - she used to have rice krispies, raisins and a bit of toast. So I introduced having a banana or another bit of fruit, then toast and all was well. Then that failed. So smoothies came in. All a bit of a faf before work but there we go. Meanwhile ds merrily ate his way through his weetabix / toast / branflakes and some fruit. Now smoothies are out too. I could put my foot down and say cereal or nothing. I wouldn't do that in termtime. Is this a plea for more attention? Any ideas of what to do, or whether to play Mrs Fierce? There's ages to get it sorted out before the autumn, but equally I can't keep up the new menus on a never ending basis....

elmoandella Tue 29-Jul-08 20:21:19


boiled,scrambles, fried, poeched.

or take some toast. cut out a shape with cookie cutter. fry with egg in shape.

mankymummy Tue 29-Jul-08 20:23:15

porridge. oddly enough my son loves it.

toasted bagels?

eggy bread?

fruit and yoghurt?

MamaG Tue 29-Jul-08 20:24:13

ooh i love eggy bread

misi Tue 29-Jul-08 20:24:27

nothing too serious to reply I am afraid, my son usually has boiled eggs and toasted muffins but had been getting a bit picky, so one day I asked him what he wanted, he said he didn't know, I suggested muffins and jam, which he liked for a few days then wanted something else so I said eggs and jam, he had that but didn't like it, so wanted chocolate instead. he got chocolate and eggs then chocolate on muffin (which the rascal liked) he ended up one day with jam on grapes. he now has eggs and muffins most days or I threaten to add in all sorts grin

but I must say at weekends I do allow him one day to have a treat for breakfast and at the moment it is raspberries, strawberries and blueberries drizzled with chocolate. he knows he won't get this if he doesn't eat breakfast properly during the week though.

harpomarx Tue 29-Jul-08 20:26:00

I think breakfast is a funny meal. Some people eat loads, some don't. The things some people eat turn other people's stomachs. I hate cereal for breakfast - crunchy or soggy things in cold milk? Yuck!

I wouldn't play Mrs Fierce, tbh - if she is a good eater as you say, you may be able to reason with her. Explain to her why it's important to eat something. Ask her what she likes. etc etc.

Not that it will necessarily help you but some of the things dd (4) and I eat regularly for breakfast are porridge, toast and cheese, yoghurt, fruit, boiled eggs, bacon, muesli. Sometimes she has milk, sometimes juice - if I'm feeling nice she has hot chocolate. Sometimes we have treats, croissants, pancakes etc. Getting something down you in the morning is really important but I wouldn't stress that much about what it is, and perhaps you could offer her a banana or apple half an hour or so afterwards. If dd hasn't had enough breakfast she'll always eat a bit later.

MamaG Tue 29-Jul-08 20:28:13

I htink you need to vary it.

My DS gets bored having the same thing all the time even though he likes it, so I try to do something different every day

clare21 Tue 29-Jul-08 20:36:14

Lovely advice thanks everyone. harpomax thanx for go easy remark, I don't want to put her off meals. I found a dead simple (ie mix milk, yoghurt, flour, salt and bicarb and bung in oven) recipe for soda bread in paper, and she's excited about having that with honey tomorrow morning. As you say variety must be the thing with this. Blueberries and chocolate - yummy!!

harpomarx Tue 29-Jul-08 20:40:36

soda bread sounds great, clare - sliced thinly and toasted is yummy. hope dd gets back on track smile

mankymummy Tue 29-Jul-08 21:10:57

crumpets with marmite on are yummy and easy too.

tazmosis Wed 30-Jul-08 14:49:22

pancakes - make a big portion of mixture at start of the week and you just bung some in a frying pan - yum. My two eat the orange slices too so they get some fruit.

hanaflower Wed 30-Jul-08 14:51:11

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elmoandella Wed 30-Jul-08 15:00:35

unless you make them yourself. much cheaper 2

motherinferior Wed 30-Jul-08 15:01:46

Bagels with cream cheese. Mini-bagels are particularly appealing.

Pancakes can also be re-heated from cold or frozen - DP makes a pile of them quite often.

BettySpaghetti Wed 30-Jul-08 15:05:38



Toasted fruit bread/raisin bread (Lidl do a lovely one

Yoghurt with fruit

Yoghurt with cereal sprinkled on

hanaflower Wed 30-Jul-08 15:13:45

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witchandchips Wed 30-Jul-08 15:16:57

Ask her what she would like. Give her what she wants (within reason) but don't offer her anything else if she does not eat it.

rebelmum1 Wed 30-Jul-08 15:19:36

I'd stop offering alternatives, I worked on getting my dd to have porridge by sitting down and eating it with her, making positive noises and did this everyday she at first didn't want it and then tried some and now she has it warm in winter and cold in summer with raisins and wot not. I think you're making a rod for your own back offering all these choices. I think fruit, toast cereal is perfectly fine, and occasionally eggs if you are making some for yourself. If they still aren't interested they aren't hungry.

rebelmum1 Wed 30-Jul-08 15:20:50

We have yogurt and honey as an alternative but that's it.

lilolilmanchester Wed 30-Jul-08 17:08:07

baked beans? Or go continental - ham, cheese, fruit.

Mercy Wed 30-Jul-08 17:13:23

Belgian waffles - can be toasted too.

Muesli bars, my dd sometimes has one as part of her breakfast (I mean the Organix ones, not the breakfast bars)



We like the bread/ham/cheese/fruit for breakfast too!

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