Breakfast Personalities & How To Work With Them

February 5, 2018

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Do you know your breakfast personality? We know breakfast is the most important meal of the day but not everyone eats breakfast the same way. And for families with kids in particular, there are often distinct "breakfast personalities" to work around.  Like Miss "I'm Just Not Hungry," you want to respect that internal hunger-meter, but know that nourishment is a good idea before the day begins. First, consider if late-night snacking habits might be interfering with morning appetite or if the dinner hour has nudged to the later side. Minimize after-dinner nibbling and try to move supper a little earlier. For children, ask them to sit at the breakfast table for at least a few minutes. They might find that a little food in front of them stirs their appetite after all. Lastly, be prepared with a good snack or drink for when hunger does strike later in the morning. Mister "Picky Palate" won't try anything new. Often picky kids like to know what to expect, so try a planned meal rotation, being sure to include at least one item that you know they'll eat. Also, get them involved in the process. Have them pick out a few dishes they'd like to try and encourage them to help make breakfast items.  If they have a role in preparing it the more likely they are to try it.  Miss "I Have No Time" is common and beyond start the day earlier to allow for time, look for foods that are quick and easy to eat. Do some of the work ahead of time, such as peeling hard-boiled eggs or cutting apple slices. Mister "Snail's Pace Eater" is slow and steady but slow isn't always a luxury on a weekday morning. If you or your child falls into this category, get to the table a little sooner than everyone else to allow eating at a natural pace. With kids, give them a five-minute warning when it's time to think about finishing up. Miss "I Only Eat One Thing" is tough! Consider small changes to the current routine over time, such as adding fruit to breakfast cereal or putting eggs on a tortilla instead of toast. With kids, try to get their buy-in on a "try it on Tuesday" approach, whereby every Tuesday they agree to try something new at breakfast. Who knows? They may just like it.

SOURCE: The Kitchn

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