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Do you and your kids like breakfast?

I find myself repeating the importance of breakfast over and over in the Diet and Fitness questions when people ask what they should eat, or why they aren't losing weight. So I thought I would post this.

LEARNING TO LOVE: How I Got My Son to Love Breakfast Michelle
Kowalski-Helle, 54, architect, Grayslake, Ill.

Like parents every where,
Michelle Kowalski-Helle, of Grayslake, Ill., marked and enjoyed each
developmental milestone her son Andrew reached. Crawling, walking, talking,
and by age 5, eating all sorts of new and different foods. There was just
one big hitch. Breakfast! says Kowalski- Helle. Eggs, oatmeal, breakfast
meats, cereals, he just hated them all. One by one Kowalski- Helle
introduced and reintroduced all of the American breakfast standards to no
avail. But then she thought, Andrew ate the vegetables, meats, and starches
she served at lunch and dinner, so why not offer those things at breakfast?
I thought, there's no reason the first meal of the day has to be the foods
we culturally identify as breakfast foods. It just needs to be nutritious.
Kowalski-Helle shifted the morning meal plan. Andrew, now 14, embraced
breakfast, eating last night's pasta with chicken and vegetables instead of
an omelet. It was a big relief for both of us. I liked seeing him go to
school feeling full and fueled up for the day. And he was a lot happier.
-Monica Kass Rogers Reviewed by Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD WebMD Food &
Nutrition Expert Power Aid A lot of Americans balk at breakfast, says
Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, and manager of wellness nutrition services at
the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Some, like Andrew, just don't like traditional
breakfast foods. Still others say they just can't stomach food early in the
day. Stress, lack of sleep, or eating too late at night-all of those things
can dampen the healthy desire to eat when your body needs it in the
morning," says Kirkpatrick. But, she says, your body really does need
breakfast-preferably within an hour of rising- so your empty tank gets
refueled. And that doesn't mean a sugary donut and heavy-cream coffee,
things that will give you a burst of energy and then leave you crashing an
hour later. You want something that will fill you up, keep you satisfied,
give you as many nutrients as possible, and keep your blood sugar at an even
keel," says Kirkpatrick, who recommends a breakfast made up of about 55% to
60% complex carbs for fiber and energy (vegetables, fresh fruits, and whole
grains), 30% to 35% protein for staying power and satiety (lean meats, fish,
eggs, and low-fat dairy), and 15% to 20% healthy fat such as olive oil,
seed, or nut butters, also for satiety and energy. (Exact ratio depends on
age, weight, and activity level.


Asked by Ballad at 6:20 PM on Jul. 6, 2013 in Diet & Fitness

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Answers (4)
  • I know, I know- quit nagging will ya! LOL- JK!!!! I start out my day w/ caffeine & nicotine. Not exactly the breakfast of champions. But I'm not hungry for at least 2 hours or more from when I first get up. My kids all eat breakfast tho, so that's something at least. :)

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 7:26 PM on Jul. 6, 2013

  • I eat breakfast. My DH eats breakfast, my kids used to eat breakfast. I am the only one who finds it hard to eat early in the morning.

    Answer by Dardenella at 1:30 AM on Jul. 7, 2013

  • Mine love breakfast! Right now we're on a wholegrain toast and poached egg binge!

    Answer by goldpandora at 2:46 AM on Jul. 7, 2013

  • I find it hard to eat anything heavy in the morning, but I've started to make myself eat a Nutrigrain bar or half a bagel or something, just to get my digestive juices flowing. Nothing comes before coffee, though.

    Comment by Ballad (original poster) at 2:35 AM on Jul. 7, 2013