skipping breakfast! Ideas please(18 Posts)
11 year-old dd will miss breakfast given half a chance, unless I've got bagels or something interesting in. She's a healthy weight, although I'm not so I'm sure there is a bit of anxiety about "ending up like mum." There is also a fairy-sized "best fiend" who puts her down quite a bit, which doesn't help. (think I've mentioned her before...)
I've done the "most important meal of the day" speech etc.
Any ideas for easy, healthy and affordable breakfasts I can offer to try and tempt her? Toast is boring, apparently. I don't wait on her, she has to do her own while I sort out the baby. At the moment she doesn't bother until I nag and chase her out the door for school with a banana.
Dd gets sent to school with belle bits biscuits and a carton of juice or milk.
She is just too lazy to get up early enough to eat something sensible though.
My dd 10 loves fruit but is just too lazy to make any effort in the morning. So I cut up strawberrys melon oranges, put them in different dishes on a Sunday and to up as the week goes on, and just let her pick and mix in a morning. She also dips in after school.
My DD2 (age 15, so a bit older than yours) is terrible at eating breakfast - she claims it makes her feel sick. To be honest, on a school day I've given up chasing her round to make her eat. I just hand her a cereal bar and a piece of fruit to eat on the bus, which seems to get eaten based on the wrappers in her bag! I do try to give her juice to drink for some calories first thing though, so she's not totally empty.
This probably isn't helpful, but you're not alone!
I never ate breakfast at that age. If I left for school without having anything my mother would give me a sugar lump. WTF?! 70s parenting -I now blame her for my sweet tooth!
Seriously OP, provide lots of choice and then leave her to get on with it. I think the 'most important meal of the day' myth is outdated anyway these days?
I notice a huge difference when I don't have breakfast - in my energy levels throughout the day and in how much I snack later. I have chopped up fresh fruit, yoghurt and granola made with seeds and oats and honey. If I have white toast with butter (for eg) I will also be more tired and snack more. But when I was your DD's age I never ate either - I remember forgetting to eat for the whole day in my late teens/early 20's!! I love food too much now for that ever to be a possibility even for an hour.
I would always have dismissed the "most important meal of the day" theory and remember a time when eating first thing made me feel sick so I'd have a cereal bar and coffee so maybe it's old age that means I am much more affected by how, what and when I eat.
My DD used to be a very very fussy eater and the doctor told me if she needs it she will eat it and also to make every mouthful count (ie make sure snacks are nutritious) though she was a good bit younger than yours.
How about banana muffins (Rachel Allen has a 30 day muffin recipe which you make, keep in the fridge and bake as you need!), flapjacks with half the oats replaced with seeds and dried fruit, smoothies, french toast, granola (200g oats, 200g seeds, 200g honey mixed and baked til golden - keeps for weeks in a jar), peanut butter on her bagel - all little things that might keep her going for longer.
I'm a support worker in a secondary school, so I'm very aware of the link between nutrition and academic performance. Breakfast clubs make a huge difference, although I accept that a fussy madam like dd and some of my charges circumstances are not the same thing. Thanks for the ideas
Breakfast biscuits and a glass of milk/fruit juice/smoothie/milkshake?
I'm never very hungry at that time of day so perhaps a drink/biscuit combination would be more palatable and its also quick and portable if she's running late.
Will she eat cereal? Maybe you could ask her to choose something to try, even if it's one of the unhealthier options better than nothing.
If you can't get her to sit down and eat, perhaps something on the go like an apple, banana, breakfast bar, cereal bar, raisins. I know bagels aren't cheap to feed every day, but if you let her have say half each day would she agree to something else with it, like fruit small piece ham, cheese? Or perhaps, she has one every other day if she'll eat something else on the other days.
I have to admit I didn't start eating breakfast until I was 29, but I can well understand why you want her to have something.
Panacakes? The recipe in the Innocent cookbook for 'Surfer's Pancakes' are fab. I make the batter the night before.
Muffins? Again, I make the batter the night before.
Grilled bacon & egg?
Poached egg & asparagus?
Smoked salmon & scrambled egg?
Smoked kippers with tomato salsa?
My DD (nearly 12) perks up if I offer cheese on toast or thick pancakes and fruit. Tomorrow I'm going to make some granola and see if that works, with yoghurt probably.
DD(nearly 14) refuses to eat breakfast on school days so she takes a breakfast bar. She eats toast and peanut butter/makes poached eggs on toast or pancakes on the weekend though!
sounds like shedding the bitchy 'best friend' and learning that bagels are solid sugar would be good. She should start her day with some good complex carbs.
Do you have a breadmaker? I make bread with a couple of handfuls of sultanas & some chopped nuts in it, even DH will eat that for breakfast and he is Mr-Coffee-Only-Before-11am. Its nice toasted with butter or just as it comes.
My son has pure protein in a morning, chicken drumstick, ham, chunk cheese etc quick and fills him up till play time when he has an apple.
Definitely breakfast biscuits
Crumpets to grab on the way out
Smoothies tick all the boxes
There is a great recipe for apple and banana breakfast muffins on the change for life app.
My dd2 did not eat breakfast.... Since a big effort was made on both sides she eats breakfast of her own free will as she feels much better for it. She is calmer in the morning and we have a happier morning household. She is 12. I wake her 10 mins earlier (6.50) and take her breakfast in bed. We leave at 7.30. She has either:
A homemade banana smoothie ( banana, milk, natural yogurt, blob of honey, oats and bran)
Wetabix in milk with sliced Banana
Strawberries, natural yogurt and granola
DS1loves making toasties using the lakeland toasty bags which you pop into the toaster( pop into dishwasher afterwards.) Favourite fillings have included cheese/pickle, peanut butter & bananas, nutella. I've also got him to choose his own yogurts, tinned fruit for breakfast as well
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