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What do you give your DC for breakfast?

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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.

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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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!).

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.

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.

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!).

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.

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

Banana on toast.

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.

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....

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...

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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

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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!

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

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

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