I tend to swing to extremes – either I do something extraordinarily well, or fail miserably at it. In fact, I often wish I was Jennifer Lopez and could get paid for excelling at mediocrity (how can someone be a mediocre singer-actress-designer-producer-dancer-perfumer and still warrant that kind of paycheck? Oh yeah, she’s hot).
Anyhoo, one of the things I royally reek at is getting a healthy, balanced breakfast from the boys’ plate to their mouths. Like, I fail at this EVERY morning. In all fairness, they don’t put up too much of a fuss at lunch and dinner; there’s just something about the 8:00 a.m. meal which has them pushing the food away in frustration, irritation and downright hostility.
I like breakfast. In fact, it’s probably the meal I look forward to most!
Think about it – it’s the only meal where it’s socially acceptable to have something sweet or savoury – or a glorious combination of the two. They even invented a hall pass for gorging on pastries and little cakes – it’s called “Continental Breakfast”. And every fitness enthusiast will preach the importance of protein in the morning – bacon IS a great source of protein, right? Right.
So what the heck is their deal? I am at a loss. Ryder and Reid will push aside cereal and take about one bite of scrambled eggs (sometime two). Muffins will be tossed on the floor and don’t even get me started on oatmeal… the gagging begins the second they see the pot of water boiling on the stove. Toast? Used as Jedi swords.
(They even discard bacon. Seriously! They cannot be my sons.)
In fact is, the only thing they will eat willingly – in large quantities – is fruit. A bowl of strawberries, sliced banana and apple, and a few blueberries for good measure. THIS is my “Plan B” every morning… which is slowly starting to turn into Plan A, since I’m just about done wasting perfectly good food, and my waistline can’t afford the whole “waste not want not” phenomena, if you know what I mean.
Fruit they will eat. Even veggies – thinly sliced raw green pepper, cucumber and grape tomatoes make repeat appearances at the breakfast table for the boys. (Ryder asked for an onion the other day, and after insisting it’s not a good food to eat raw, I called his bluff and handed him a slice. He ate it and asked for a second. Who IS this little person?)
But anything else – pass. And with Ryder starting kindergarten in just a few month’s time, I am understandably beginning to worry about how he’ll be a healthy, productive student if he’s only running on nature’s candy. And with good reason – from HealthyChildren.org’s “The Case for Eating Breakfast“-
“Children who eat breakfast are generally in better health overall, a fact that may be attributed to the types of food often associated with the morning meal. Breakfast provides a golden opportunity to fortify them with nutrients that can easily fall by the wayside the rest of the day. “Breakfast is a great time to consume fiber in the form of cereals and whole wheat breads,” Dr. Cochran says. Fiber can help with weight control and has also been linked to lower cholesterol levels.”
Oookay. So the boys ARE having breakfast, which is a good thing – I just somehow have to make the meal more balanced, and get them to eat it, of course.
Thank goodness for IronKids Gummies. They’re my crutch; my peace of mind… my Plan C, if you please. Because every single morning Ryder and Reid receive a Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D and Calcium gummy, which goes a long way to help them get the most out of their active day. Bonus: there’s no bribing involved – they happily wait for the great-tasting gummies, often prompting me when I forget to dole them out. And on some mornings, mommy sneaks a gummy vitamin or two for her own health and stamina ;)
(All IronKids Gummies are made in a nut free facility, and are allergen and gluten free. Plus, there’s no sugar coating, aspartame or artificial colors . . only real ingredients. #winning)
So tell me, have you dealt with picky A.M. eaters? What tips/tricks can you offer? Please and thank you!
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