Monday, March 03, 2008

A week of breakfasts: Monday

This week I am going to focus on feeding your family healthy breakfasts. Every day the Flourishing Mother's family has a certain breakfast to eat, so they know what to expect on that day.  This allows me to plan my grocery shopping better, and also not to have to think about what I will make each morning.

Mondays are Oatmeal Day. My favorite way to eat oatmeal is shown above: brown sugar, bananas and raw walnuts. Oatmeal is a great way to "hide" nutrients for your children.  I have a separate coffee grinder I use to grind fresh flax seed and "sneak" it in their oatmeal. Other nutrients to sneak in are wheat germ, oat bran, other grains like millet, wheat berries, spelt, and fruit. (Soak the grains, first.) I read here to cool oatmeal down, put frozen blueberries in it. A great idea!! I usually use steel cut oats or rolled oats. 

Some oatmeal recipes to try:

See, oatmeal doesn't have to be boring!

Stay tuned every day this week for more creative breakfasts for your family!

14 comments:

MondaythroughSunday said...

I really enjoy oatmeal a lot. These are some very good ideas.

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Great idea! I should commit to something like this at least once during the week. The kids usually have toast or cereal or frozen waffles in the morning, but one day last week I made eggs, toast and grits and it really wasn't a bother.

Terry said...

Yes, with some fruit and a little sweetener, oatmeal is one very nutritious breakfast that the kids will still eat. We have it at least once a wekk in our house, too.

Beck said...

Wonderful ideas! My kids LOVE having oatmeal for breakfast - personally, I really don't, but I don't mind MAKING it for them almost every morning.

tonia said...

Good idea! I'll enjoy this series.

Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I like this idea and love your blog. You are very inspiring. keep up the awesome work :) What a lovely way to show our love to our children.

Mrs. Adams

Monica said...

Thanks for this series. We love oatmeal and recently got steel cut for the first time. I was shocked by how long it takes to cook! I'm going to give this recipe a try. It looks delicious.

Christine said...

Yum! Looks great!

viewfrommyplace said...

Oooh, I'm really looking forward to reading all of your breakfast post Andrea. I love the baked oatmeal recipe from the Urban Homemaker it's simply yummy. Since the baby was born I've been stuggling to get a nutrious breakfast to the table. I bet you'll inspire me though.
Blessings,
Trina

Goodlikeamedicine said...

I enjoyed your last two posts. I look forward to meeting Sara this weekend - I'm hoping I can watch her in-person and glean some foody wisdom from her!

You know, though, it's so hard right now, and I get discouraged about nutrition. I have the desires to eat all of these healthy foods, but I am just running on the meal "treadmill" with 3 little ones and being pregnant. It's so hard to find time and energy to do all of the little things to enhance healthy eating!!! I resort to convenience so much... and I know "this too shall pass," but it gets me down sometimes during this phase of my life when I'm trying to focus on their hearts, training spiritually, my own walk with God, church and ministry, serving my husband (!), and living missionally.... such a balancing act - glad God is in control!!!

Andrea said...

Kristi--
don't be discouraged!!
It's such baby steps. A little bit at a time---you can't make the change overnight. Trust me there are many things in my life where I need baby steps. You have to figure out what is most important to you.

MarySue said...

First time to your blog and I find it delightful and inspiring. Well done. I was interested too since I recently did a post at my blog on oatmeal also. I will be back for me visiting. Happy day.

MarySue said...

Ouch, that should be "more" visiting :)

Anonymous said...

Andrea,
I LOVE reading about breakfasts. They are a big deal to us. I think we may move to the same-thing-each-day of the week in order to simplify my thoughts. I like to soak oatmeal overnight and like the Amish one found on "A Path Made Straight". I am excited to try the ones you mentioned. I use freshly ground whole wheat bread a lot for toast with jam or cinnamon toast but will think more about other grains. It is SO encouraging to read about feeding our families well. Mary Brooke in Atlanta