AFTER ALL THAT RANTING ABOUT “KID FOOD” EARLIER THIS WEEK, what did I come home with?
Okay, in the interest of full disclosure, I also came home with graham crackers, although not little animal shaped ones just full sized regular ones. I’m trying to get my kids away from boxed peanut butter crackers by making graham crackers and peanut butter sandwiches. It’s less expensive and I can choose the type of peanut butter.
I KNOW YOU’RE WONDERING HOW THE NO-FROZEN-WAFFLES EXPERIMENT WENT. We had scrambled eggs and french toast instead — except one day when I overslept, didn’t have time to cook, and made toast with pb&j. Â Cooking breakfast instead of toasting waffles actually took less time than I expected and I didn’t have to get up any earlier, which was a pleasant surprise. There were complaints the first day, but the rest of the week no one asked for a waffle at all. And just as I expected, my kids had better days at school after having more protein at breakfast.
The bottom line: Not having prepackaged kid food in the house means a little more food prep but it’s well worth it.Â My kids see me preparing food (not just opening a package) and they can help, which is great for improving our home food culture. My kids are getting a better start to the day with a home-cooked hot breakfast, which resulted in happier kids (woo-hoo!). Â And I saved money while buying healthier food. Wow, all that and I got to thumb my nose at all those cartoon characters on the packaging. Take that, Dora!