I gotta ask....

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I gotta ask....
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Wed, 04-14-2004 - 5:27pm
What is so dog-gone important about having a "Hot" breakfast?

I was reading the posts below and I don't get it. I mean, what is really the difference between oatmeal and cherios besides the temperature? And what is the difference between pancakes with syrup and a donut? It's all just sugar and processed flower.

I'm just glad when my kids eat in the mornings. Right now DD #1 is into chocolate chip waffles (ego type). DD #2 likes Pop Tarts or cereal bars. Sometimes they eat cold cereal and sometimes they eat toast. (I know, bad Mom).

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: mappers
Wed, 04-14-2004 - 5:34pm
Nothing. Every day I go downstairs and say "What do you want to eat?" Some days they eat waffles, some days pancakes, eggs, yogurt, toast, hot cereal, cold cereal, granola bars, etc. I don't see what difference it makes as long as they eat.

Jenna

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Registered: 04-11-2003
In reply to: mappers
Wed, 04-14-2004 - 5:56pm
Honestly, I think cold cereal can be a great breakfast, nutritionally speaking, as can cold fruit or yogurt. I don't think there's necessarily anything better about a hot breakfast, and there could be a lot that's worse, depending on what's being served, how it's prepared, etc. Either way, it's hardly a barometer for better parenting, IMO.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: mappers
Wed, 04-14-2004 - 6:41pm
Nothing at all! My kids do not ever eat eggs, french toast or pancakes ever during the week. They don't even like eggs. They always drink oj w/calcium & I give them a choice of cereal, toast or waffles every school morning every once a couple weeks a poptart (and they like them cold) if we are running late. ON the weekends sometimes we do pancakes & sausage/bacon (one like bacon one likes sausage of course!). Or they can also have a bagel on the weekend. We live in Alaska & my kids don't crave a big hot breakfast in the morning--it is important that they eat something nutrituious. They don't like oatmeal either! I watched a Dateline years ago with a nutrition expert & they said it didn't matter what you eat breakfast--if your kids like spaghetti for breakfast, who cares--that's pasta & a vegetable (the tomato sauce) it doesn't matter when you eat it, it's important that good food groups are spread over the day. So when my 1st dd was 2 a picky eater I'd let her pasta w/tomato sauce if she wanted to. It's really just a preference.

Vickie

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: mappers
Wed, 04-14-2004 - 7:26pm
Good question! Nowadays, everything is so ultra-fortified, there's more "nutrition" in a poptart than in home made biscuits!

The only difference between hot & cold breakfast to me, honestly, is the amount of time & effort I want to put into making it, and it also depends on what I'm craving. A bowl of shredded wheat with bananas sounds 200% better than eggs to me about 13 out of 14 days. The eggs sound a bit better if DH is doing the cooking though...

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: mappers
Wed, 04-14-2004 - 8:49pm
Nothing, except I refuse to buy sugar cereals or poptarts or the like. I figure they ingest enough white flour and sugar without me making it even more enticing. Usually dd has whole wheat toast, a banana and milk, or waffles. Ds likes cheerios or rice krispies or corn chex. I rarely cook breakfast. And no one likes oatmeal, lol.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
In reply to: mappers
Wed, 04-14-2004 - 9:15pm
I never got that either. In the winter I think them having something hot is just a matter of comfort for going out in the cold. Otherwise, a banana and some yogurt is fine for my boys. Or an english muffin with peanut butter. My DS2 likes to have cheese on toast for breakfast. Personally, I like them having some protein in them in the morning because I think it helps hold them over until lunchtime.
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Registered: 10-18-2003
In reply to: mappers
Wed, 04-14-2004 - 9:17pm

Dd LOVES oatmeal. Eats it several days a week for bfast.


I too refuse to buy poptarts. I do buy sugary cereal, but they're only allowed one bowl of it a week as a treat. The other week days its homemade pancakes or waffles, yogurt, peanut butter toast, jelly toast, non-sugary cereals and fruit. Weekends we do a *real* breakfast and all eat together.

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Registered: 06-27-1998
In reply to: mappers
Wed, 04-14-2004 - 10:14pm

Beats me....I make a hot breakfast once a week on Sunday mornings before Sunday School.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 03-18-2004
In reply to: mappers
Wed, 04-14-2004 - 10:20pm

We're a raisin bran during the week, egg burritos on the weekends kinda family.

Mondo

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Registered: 03-27-2000
In reply to: mappers
Wed, 04-14-2004 - 11:07pm

I must have missed that thread....


My kids typically have wheaties or Trader Joe's brand of Cheerios for breakfast (no sugar), whole wheat toast or multi-grain waffles for breakfast.

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