Another school year is beginning for my kids and this week I found myself stocking the pantry with their favorites. Over the next few days I’ll share some of our mealtime solutions.
First at bat: Breakfast.
The hubster and I both have early starts so mornings are a little
hectic insane. One thing that works really well for our family is steel cut oats cooked in the rice cooker. I dump dried fruit and a cinnamon stick in with the oats and almond milk (I prefer it to water) and I walk away (ahhh!!!). I also boil eggs by the dozen for the kids to eat with a slice of 100% whole wheat toast. *SN: we go through 2-3 dozen eggs a week!* Sometimes they add a little avocado or peanut butter to their toast. Every now and then I’ll go for ‘Mother of the Year’ and make omletes. But that is only if I don’t have morning appointments or an early workout so that happens like… never. Their dad actually gets the breakfast golden star for his homemade greek yogurt. My daughter especially likes this with blueberries and little honey drizzled atop.
My mom used to make my sister, brother and I this special (and easy) breakfast that I introduced to my kiddos last school year. They love it!
Core a granny smith apple, slice it into rings, and sprinkle the rop with cinnamon. Add a sliver of cheedar cheese to the top of each slice. Cook at 350 degrees until the apples are a little tender (about 10-15 minutes depending on the thickness of slices).
We are not big cereal eaters but I keep a few boxes on hand because some mornings the stove and oven stay cold. Here is what I look for:
- At least 4 grams of fiber
- Less than 6 grams of sugar
- Less than 240mg of salt
Below are some good cereal options for you to consider. You will note that they don’t all offer my nutrtional trifecta. While I stick pretty close to my guidelines, I wanted to give you a little wiggle room. Let’s face it, you might need several options if you are weaning the kids from Cocoa Puffs. 😉
|Cereal||Serving Size||Nutrition Profiling Index (NPI) Score||Total Carbs (g)||Fat (g)||Protein (g)||Fiber (g)||Sugar (g)|
|Post Spoon Size Shredded Wheat||1 cup||82||40 g||1 g||6 g||6 g||0 g|
|Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs||2 cup||82||30 g||1 g||4 g||2 g||0 g|
|Kellogg’s Unfrosted Mini Wheat Bites||1 cup||82||46 g||1 g||6 g||6 g||1 g|
|Uncle Sam Flakes||3/4 cup||78||38 g||5 g||7 g||10 g||1 g|
|Fiber One – Original||1 cup||78||50 g||2 g||4 g||28 g||0 g|
|Nature’s Path Synergy 8 Cereal||3/4 cup||78||24 g||1 g||3 g||5 g||4 g|
|Weetabix||1/2 cup||74||26 g||1 g||4 g||4 g||4 g|
|Kellogg’s All-Bran Original||1/2 cup||72||23 g||1 g||4 g||10 g||6 g|
|Cascadian Farms Multigrain Squares||3/4 cup||70||25 g||0.5 g||3 g||2 g||4 g|
|General Mill’s Cheerios||1 cup||58||20 g||2 g||3 g||3 g||1 g|