Baked oatmeal is a delicious breakfast staple, especially during the Fall and Winter months. Its warm, flavorful and full of good nutrition.
We occasionally eat cereal, because of its convenience. Although, we’ve realized it’s not the best choice for our children. Here are a few reasons why:
- It’s not filling. I still have to add fruit and toast or a bagel to make a complete meal.
- It’s more expensive for our family size and grocery budget.
- They have several ingredients that are not beneficial for our children’s health.
- Cardboard might be “healthier” than cereal. What???
Read more below:
Years ago, my husband and I read a similar article that mentioned an experiment that changed our regular consumption of cereal:
Another unpublished experiment was carried out in 1960. Researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor were given eighteen laboratory rats. These were divided into three groups: one group received cornflakes and water; a second group was given the cardboard box that the cornflakes came in and water; the control group received rat chow and water. The rats in the control group remained in good health throughout the experiment. The rats eating the box became lethargic and eventually died of malnutrition. The rats receiving the cornflakes and water died before the rats that were eating the box! (The first box rat died the day the last cornflake rat died.) Furthermore, before death, the cornflakes-eating rats developed aberrant behavior, threw fits, bit each other and finally went into convulsions. Autopsy revealed dysfunction of the pancreas, liver and kidneys and degeneration of the nerves of the spine, all signs of insulin shock.2 The startling conclusion of this study was that there was more nourishment in the box than in the cornflakes. This experiment was designed as a joke, but the results were far from funny.
Most Americans eat boxed cereals today. Because these are fortified with synthetic nutrients, the USDA can claim that they are as healthy as the grains from which they are made. Many of these cereals contain at least 50 percent of calories as sugar. Those sold in health food stores may be made of whole grains and fewer sweeteners. However, these whole grain extruded cereals are probably more dangerous than their refined grain counterparts sold in the supermarkets, because they are higher in protein, and it is the proteins in these cereals that are rendered toxic by this type of processing.
You can read the entire article here.
As I mentioned above, we do eat cereal occasionally when its convenient…because life happens. However, we choose a cereal that has less sugar and healthier ingredients.
Also, when we are on vacation our children are allowed to enjoy a bowl of cereal of their choice, as a treat. 🙂
Our regular breakfasts consist of:
- Old-fashioned rolled oats (stove top, baked oatmeal, cold oatmeal) We eat this often during the week. Its cheap and it has nutrional value. 🙂
- Eggs, bacon and toast or bagels (with grits or hashbrowns added sometimes)
- Waffles/Pankcakes and sausage or bacon
- Homemade muffins or quick breads
- Yogurt and granola
My husband noticed that giving our children a protein-rich breakfast, keeps them satisfied longer.
When I serve cereal they want more and this causes frustration at the breakfast table. This observation alone is enough to opt for breakfast made at home, even with the “inconvenience” of waking up early and preparing it myself.
For The Busy Mama
I know life gets full and this may not seem like a realistic option. However, let me encourage you that your children’s well-being is worth it, and you will be glad you did it. You can do this!
Here a few breakfast ideas that can be made ahead of time:
- Waffles and pancakes
- Fruit bowl
- Breakfast casserole
As I mention often, choose what works for your family, try one recipe then add others. Baby steps!
Here is my apple baked oatmeal recipe. This recipe can be easily prepared the night before and put in the oven the next morning.
What is your favorite nutritious breakfast meal?