Katie Sullivan Morford hopes so:

Of all the meals in our house, breakfast is the one that gets the most pushback from my kids. I’ve heard everything from “I’m not hungry,” to my most recent favorite, “breakfast just isn’t my thing.”  Ironic since it’s also the one meal that I really and truly want them to eat.  No appetite at dinner? No sweat. But walk out the door in the morning with an empty stomach? Not so fast. What I’ve found on those days, is that if I take the time to prepare something tasty and manage to get it front of them, they usually find their appetite and ultimately, bound out the door energized.  The challenge often is coming up with fresh ideas.


Steel-cut oats have a better texture when cooked overnight.  I like to cook them in a crockpot with this recipe:

Ingredients: (for 4-6 servings)

1 cup steel-cut oats

4 cups water

1/2 cup whole milk or half-and-half

4-6 oz. of dried fruit (try dried mixed berries or blueberries)


Directions:  Mix together and cook on warm for 9 hours.  In the morning, stir and increase the heat for a few minutes until the oatmeal is thick.  Serve in a bowl with some milk or yogurt.  Add some walnuts, too.

I always say that kids need to put something into their stomachs before they go to school, even if it is half a banana or last night’s pizza.  Try some of these recipes at Mom’s Kitchen Handbook here.

If you’d like to share other breakfast ideas or other healthy recipes with your fellow PediaBlog readers, shoot an email to palblog@pediatricalliance.com.