I'm a stickler about having a good breakfast. A weak breakfast leaves my kids unsatisfied and asking for a snack in 1/2 hour after they leave the table. No cold cereal or pop tarts for the Acklen children! I believe in something hot and hearty, that will stick to their bones. Our usual fare: cheese grits & toast, biscuits & bacon or eggs, or oatmeal. Oatmeal is always a challenge. I usually get reactions of wrinkled noses and that little "yuck" noise that Emma makes when she doesn't like the way something looks. :) It's just too cute! So, a little doctoring is in order.
I add brown sugar or sugar in the raw, mix in some natural honey, and combine it with a dash of cinnamon and a teaspoon of flax seed. Now the flax seed doesn't do anything for the taste--it's tasteless and odorless but is very nutritious! Google it and see for yourself! Psst--just for the record, don't tell my kids it's in there--it's a secret! :) Sometimes I chop up some pecans and throw in a few raisins. That way, they have something to "dig" for :).
On Saturdays, we make breakfast a special occasion, and usually have pancakes or waffles, or the full monte--grits, eggs, bacon, and homemade biscuits. I hesitate to mention homemade biscuits because mine have a mind of their own. Sometimes they are edible and sometimes...well, it'd be nice to have a hog or some sort of animal that would enjoy them :).
Is breakfast a challenge for you? I'd love some ideas for healthy, delicious breakfasts that are not too complicated and don't make a big mess in the kitchen.