In a perfect world we would sit together over a lovely meal of toast and fruit and yogurt, maybe eggs, smoked salmon, cheese. But no.
My less-than-perfect world is manageable in part because I concede to my son having breakfast in the car at 6:45 a.m. (well, more like 7, cause I am always running later than I mean to) on the way to daycare and work.
The result is less-than-satisfying (not least because my car is a bio-hazard and we should be wearing hazmat suits while in it), but he eats and I get to listen to the news in relative peace.
I know that cereal bars are considered a fair option in many circles, but have you read the labels? High fructose corn syrup, sugar, dextrose…might as well hand him the Chips Ahoy. And he’ll get cereal bars at school anyway, about which I just shut my mouth.
He might have buttered toast (I buy fresh-baked multi-grain at the Fairway – they slice it and I freeze it; or one of those sprouted grain loaves that actually come frozen), but I also have another trick – we call them mini-pizzas (marketing is everything).
Here’s what I do:
3-4 Wasa Crisp and Light crackers
slices of cheddar or Monterey jack
Top the crackers with the sliced cheese. Bung into the microwave for 13-15 seconds. Slice into squares. Put in a plastic thingy and serve once we are strapped in the car.
NOTE: Usually he eats the slightly melty cheese and hands the crackers to me on the Southern State during Morning Edition. He’s got a juice and water mixed drink and grapes (when I am not paranoid about sudden choking on the parkway) or a peeled apple. It ain’t the I-Hop, but I won’t pay their prices anyway.