Friday, April 29, 2016

Critical Fuel: A Good Breakfast

Whenever our darling third born had cereal for breakfast we noticed a particular result about 10 am ... our Miss Jekyll suddenly turned into a Miss Hyde. No joke. She was irritable, unproductive, non-cooperative, and cranky. Food was the miracle cure. If I gave her a snack she'd be back to Miss Jekyll.


If our beautiful girl had eggs, or bacon, or even yogurt for breakfast, she remained Miss Jekyll all morning. It was the protein that was critical for her to remain focused, calm, and productive. And this is the way she was all her growing up years. When she went off to college we talked about making sure she ate protein for breakfast each morning. So she kept peanut butter and protein bars handy in the event she was short on time and couldn't get to the cafeteria.

Although our third-born was the most obviously responsive to a hearty breakfast, all our kids benefited from morning protein. I felt better myself. And now as a classroom teacher it is very noticeable when a student comes to school without having eaten anything.

For crying out loud... FEED YOUR KIDS BREAKFAST!! There, I got it out of my system. Seriously, just get up a little earlier and make them a hot hearty meal. If they tell you they're not hungry, then wake them up even earlier so they will be hungry and eat something before school. And all it has to be is a spoonful of peanut butter, a cup of yogurt, two pieces of bacon, a sausage patty, even a protein drink. Sitting down to a family breakfast gives your family a chance to read Scripture and pray together before being separated for the day. Remember we're proactive here! Isn't this better than waiting for your child to totally melt down at school and then have his teacher recommend he get tested and possibly medicated for ADHD?

Here are some breakfast ideas:
* pancake shapes (make fun animals or letters with the batter) and add bacon or sausage.
* eggs - cooked scrambled, hard or soft boiled, poached, panfried
* Egg-in-the-Hole - cut out a hole in a piece of bread with a biscuit cutter and place it in a pan with butter. Pour a cracked egg into it, and flip when browned. 
* Cornmeal mush. Start this the night before. Boil 6 cups of water and then add 1 cup of cornmeal, stir, and reduce heat. Place a lid on the pot and let it simmer for about 15 minutes (stir occasionally), until thick. Put in a well-oiled breadpan and place in the fridge until morning. In the morning, pop it out of the pan, slice it, dredge in flour and panfry until golden on both sides. Serve with syrup and bacon.
* Oatmeal or cream of wheat- Add milk, nuts, and fruit.
* I'm sure I don't need to convince you to serve juice and fruit. And oh... a hot cocoa in the morning is a real treat!

And now for a refashion...
I was having way too much fun making jewelry this week. 

Have you heard of steampunk jewelry? It's a combination of Victorian and sci fi futuristic. It mixes lace, metals, clocks, and mechanical parts and odds and ends. It's very fun to play around with the stuff and artistically put it together into something that looks elegant yet everyday classy.