We’ve been walking the path to healthier eating for quite awhile. And I’m not gonna lie, even though I LOVE eating cereal, I always have this awful feeling when I feed it to my kids and then send them to school for a whole day of learning. I mean, when I have cereal for breakfast, I’m starving again in like an hour, so surely they must get hungry quickly too.
Over the summer, I started plotting to get rid of all the cereal in the house. My plan was simple: just stop buying cereal. And then I realized maybe that was a bit drastic. So… I decided that we’d institute ‘no cereal on school days’. Now that seems totally doable. With both Josh and I home in the mornings, it’s not completely crazy to pack three healthy lunches AND make a real meal for breakfast everyday.
So every day since school started, we’ve sent our kiddos off to school with their bellies full of a healthy, nutritious breakfast. Some days we make smoothies, some days we make scrambled eggs, and some days we make oatmeal. And on Fridays, we make pancakes! And most days, the kids are totally on board.
And then other days, well… not so much. We’ve only had two incidents in two and a half weeks, so that’s good, right?! Daddy accidentally put too much brown sugar in Max’s oatmeal one day and that was a huge disaster, and Ava wanted to eat cereal after she finished her eggs, but I managed to talk her into an apple instead. And I have to tell you, I just feel better knowing we’re giving them a good start to their day.
We all have our habits that we want to change. Maybe yours isn’t cereal for breakfast, but whatever it is, I want to challenge you to go after it this week. I promise the extra effort is worth it! Here are some things we did during the process to make it easier:
1. We got on board too. Josh and I also don’t eat cereal for breakfast on school days.
2. At the start of the summer, our kids wouldn’t eat eggs (except for Lia) or oatmeal (except for the pre-packaged, sugary kind). And they didn’t like spinach in their smoothies. We made a list of the things we wanted to change about their breakfast and then tackled them one by one. I literally made scrambled eggs almost every day and made them eat at least a bite or two. After about a month, both Max and Ava started liking them and asking for eggs. So, go slow and keep at it!
3. Kids are smarter than we give them credit for. We constantly talk to our kids about why eating healthy is important and we are ALWAYS discussing whether certain foods are healthy or not. I think in the long run, we’re setting them up to have good habits for the sake of being healthy and not just because mom said so.
4. Don’t be crazy. I have a tendency to want to go crazy on stuff like this and ban cereal forever. And that’s not always a good solution. Because I don’t want my kids to go crazy and eat a whole box of cereal in one day at Grandma’s house. And even though we banned cereal on school days, I totally fed them cereal for dinner a couple Friday nights ago. So there you go. Totally not crazy.
P.S. Josh was out of town and I woke up around 8 am on Saturday morning, walked into the kitchen and saw this amazingness…