To Breakfast, or not to Breakfast…

It’s completely reasonable to be eating breakfast at 10:45, even when you’ve been up since about 7. My kids had their breakfast a few hours ago, but I’m just managing to sit down with lukewarm green tea and some sort of healthy breakfast bar that tastes like apple-flavored cardboard. Honestly, I’m lucky that I’m even eating breakfast. My Mom, doctor, midwife, and even my husband have all taken turns over the years telling me that I need to stop skipping meals! The only time I consistently eat three meals a day is when I’m pregnant. The rest of the time… well… I just get busy, you know?

Little Guy is still nursing a couple of times a day, so he wants Mom first thing in the morning. After changing him and nursing him I remind the older three to get dressed if they haven’t already. We go downstairs, strap the baby into the booster seat and give him Cheerios to much on. Then the dog needs to go out. The kids need milk poured on their cereal, and they are not quite old enough to be trusted with pouring from a gallon jug. (You know who would be mopping it up.) By now, the dog needs to come back in and I put medication in her eyes while Munchkin dishes out her dog food. We clear the table and start school for the day. By now Little Guy is done eating and wants to get down and play while we sweep up the Cheerios that he’s tossed on the floor. My e-mail needs to be checked so that I know if I have anything pressing that I have to take care of today. While the older kids are working on math worksheets or penmanship, I try to bathe and get dressed. I’d like to get a load of laundry and/or dishes started at some point too. Here is where it occurs to me that I should probably eat something… This is a typical morning at our house, and I’m sure that some of you have even crazier schedules to deal with than we do!

The only reason I have a minute to sit down to blog while I eat breakfast is because the Little Guy is down for his morning nap, Mr. Q and Camo are happily occupied with their LEGOs, and Munchkin is working on her math review. (It doesn’t normally take this long for her to do math, but a review is a different story…) It’s 11:25 now and I just put lunch in the oven to bake. If I’m blogging during the day it tends to be a few sentences typed out in between all of the “Mom stuff”!

I know I can’t be the only Mom out there who struggles to fit in eating breakfast. So, how do the rest of you fit in breakfast? What tips and tricks work for you? Or, have you just given up and made peace with the fact that breakfast is just not on your menu? I can’t wait to read what you have to say!

3 Replies to “To Breakfast, or not to Breakfast…”

  1. I have been struggling with this exact issue! BUT, while working really hard to be healthy and lose weight, I determined not just to eat breakfast; but a protein breakfast. Those days are a world of difference for me. To see an actual difference in productivity and weight progress is motivation for me vs. people just telling me breakfast is important. I would challenge you that if you are able to force (and it does take force and some days still doesn’t happen) yourself to eat with the children or eat while they get ready for the day before you start lessons, you will appreciate it. ;)I have been considering getting a healthful protein shake mix to drink while doing other stuff in the am.

  2. I’m not a huge fan of breakfast unless it’s full of grease at a diner! I get up and have way too much coffee first thing. However, since I know I need to put something nutritious in my body, I’ve worked at eating breakfast. I tried smoothies full of fruit, but they are so heavy on sugar, my body goes into a slump. The quickest and best option for me has been meal-replacement shakes. I use one called Ideal Shape that tastes great and has more vitamins/minerals than the average shake. So my breakfast ends up giving me a full day’s calcium between the shake and almond milk I mix it with (which is a very hard goal for me to meet). Anyhow, it is quick and I feel like it makes my breakfast count. Another option for you if you prefer to sink your teeth into something might be to make homemeade granola bars or healthy muffins in the evening, then just grab one in the morning in the midst of all the other household routine! For me, it was a habit I simply had to get into. It gets easier to grab that needed food with practice.

  3. First thing in the morning I try to have six glasses of water. I am not super hungry right away after that, but I found that what my body wanted was hydration not food. I like to eat breakfast but most of the time it seems like either a waste of calories or a pain to come up with just the right type of breakfast. Yogurt works well. I do, like the other ladies, enjoy having a protein or meal replacement shake. It is quick and helps fill the hole until I can get to a proper meal. I say that you probably need to keep breakfast simple and quick. Oh, another thing is that breakfast can be anything that contains calories. Leftovers from the night before or a plate of nachos counts. Grab a slice of deli turkey and cheese and eat is while you nurse in the morning. Even a glass of milk (or soy or almond) can help start your furnace for the day.

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