A few weeks ago, I decided to break my family out of the cereal rut. Things have gone really well. The kids haven't asked for cereal, they no longer open the pantry or refrigerator door, stand there, stare, and say, "I don't know what I want to eat." And they don't say, "I'm still hungry!"
Of course, who would want cereal when they have a fun breakfast like this waiting for them? This Muffin Tin Monday, I decided to have a muffin tin for breakfast.
The tin picture above is actually, "a muffin tin to share." Each of my boys ate one half. I made cashew butter, banana, and pear sushi rolls, the boys helped to make their own watermelon balls, and in the cups is Greek yogurt.
My daughter made her own muffin tin (shown below) but with 12 spaces to fill, she had WAY too much food, so I helped her eat some. Incidentally, I took a picture of her making it, but she asked me not to post it due to her wild morning hair!
My kids love yogurt. In the past, they often had cereal, and yogurt (and oatmeal and whatever else they wanted in the never ending breakfast.) However, since I'm trying to cut back on sugar and increase protein, I've decided to take another look at the yogurt they were eating.
A while ago, I bought Greek yogurt for myself (the fruit flavored kind.) I'm not the biggest yogurt fan myself, but I loved it's creamy richness. The kids tried it and liked it too. The problem is: 3 kids x 3 yogurt cups at @ $1.00 each = Way too much money for yogurt. Plus, although I loved the increased protein, there was still added sugar.
So, I decided to try some scaffolding to transition my kids from sugary regular yogurt to high protein Greek yogurt with much less sugar. I bought a large container of unsweetened plain Greek yogurt (which even by itself is SO much better than regular plan yogurt) and to it, I added vanilla, honey, and all-fruit jelly. When that was a success, I cut out the vanilla and honey and only added the all-fruit jelly. I'm now cutting back on the amount of jelly that I add. I only added a small amount of jelly this morning, but no one seemed to notice!
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