Like I said it's my daughter's largest meal of the day and nutritionally it's not that great. It's not bad, it's not junk, but there is no protein in it and that's my biggest problem. Most mornings she has 1-3 bowls of cereal (Cheerios, Multigrain Cheerios, or Trader Joe's Shredded Wheat) and or waffles, and usually fruit. We alternate between Keifer and 2% Milk for the drink. So, other than what is in the milk, there is no real source of protein. In fact in her whole day the only protein she is getting is from milk and peanut butter. We usually get one bite of meat in her at dinner unless we are serving ham or some kind of sausage product. Then she eats her weight.
I know kids go through phases. My son was a a self imposed vegetarian for years. However he would eat tofu, at every meal. We fried it, we cooked it however we were cooking our meat. He would even eat it out of the fridge crumbled on macaroni. My daughter won't touch tofu, won't eat eggs, and meat is a fight. I know we have made this worse. I know that this is not healthy but I don't know what to do!
I feel like breakfast is the best place make a change. She is starving and ready to eat at breakfast. I have tried eggs, no go. I have tried different breakfast sausages, calling them hot dogs, and she still won't eat them. I know a big problem is that she is a texture eater and she does not like the way eggs feel in her mouth (I didn't really eat eggs much until I was older). But I am out of ideas! The only advice I have been given is Carnation breakfasts and making smoothies with them...but to add another level of difficulty we have to watch how much milk/dairy she gets because of constipation. I also want her to eat her nutrients, not learn that she can take a pill or a drink and get what she needs for the day.
So I am turning to you parents of the internet.
What are you feeding your munchkins for breakfast?
I am willing to get up earlier and bake and do whatever it takes to try to get a healthier breakfast into her. So please tell me, what your feeding them, link up to recipes. In the meantime I am going to be stalking Chowmama's site and seeing what I can come up with.