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3 yr old ds asks for snack items at breakfast. Things like veggie chips, pretzels and the cocoa letters from Newman's Organics. Or pecans or ginger snaps. He has snacks throughout the day and one before bed.<br><br>
Frankly, some of these snacks are better for him than cereal or toast. He doesn't do this at dinner because he gets what dinner is and the types of food we have and dinner is much more defined in our house because dh is there and we all eat together at the table. He never asks for cereal if it isn't breakfast...<br><br>
So, do you let them eat whatever, within reason, they want?
 

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Sure, why not? As long as they are nutritous and he gets a balenced diet, go for it!<br><br>
You only live once and why can't you have PB&J for breakfast and pancakes for dinner?<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
(Pancakes for dinner is my favorite!)
 

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The nutrients don't know what time of day it is! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> He will probably settle into more typical foods when he is older and socializes more. Don't worry about it.
 

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Seems to me that I heard/read somwhere that the US was one of the only countries that had a set menu for breakfast. Other countries have leftovers or some such food stuff. Does anybody know if this correct?<br><br>
Dh and I know of people that love to have breakfast foods for dinner, us included.<br><br>
My girls get pretty much what they want for breakfast as long as its fairly healthy.
 

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My oldest ds ate a bean burritto for breakfast this morning!<br><br>
My youngest ds ate pancakes for dinner last night.
 

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Ajsmom:<br><br>
I lived to adulthood on unusual breakfast foods. In the days before microwaves, my mom left stuff like soup or spaghetti in the double boiler for us before she left for work. To this day, I really can't stomach eggs for breakfast.<br><br>
To underline momtol&a's point, I was at a hotel catering to Asian travelers. The breakfast bar for Americans was muffins, mystery meat (!) and eggs. The breakfast bar for Asians was miso soup, Japanese-style pickles and noodles. The concierge was shocked that I hastily bypassed the American selection for the Asian but it was much easier on my digestion and healthier, too.<br><br>
P.S. to Foobar: as far as I'm concerned toast with jam is just one step away from PBJ!
 

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His stomach doesnt know what time it is! Thats what my dad always said, and what i say to my kids.<br><br>
my youngest likes typical breakfast foods...oatmeal, eggs, cereal.<br><br>
my two older kids eat whatever....a porkchop and green beans from the night before, a TV dinner (my daughter loves the lean cuisine glazed chicken), and bean burritos smothered with green chili is a fave.<br><br>
as long as its not potato chips or fritos i try not to freak.
 

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as a kid, i never ate breakfast foods in the morning.. but they made great after-school snacks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I'm sure that there are a lot of things I do as a parent that make my dad nuts. This is a HUGE one. Toast, cereal, juice, ect are breakfast food in his eyes. When he came over yesterday and ds and I were sharing a nice big plate of sausage parmesan with pasta, at 930am, he told me we were nuts<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> . "What kind of breakfast is that???" Ds(bless his little heart) answered, "luum(yum) in my bellllyyyy." Whatever works. Food is food.
 

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It's true that in other countries they don't have specific "breakfast foods" (Asian and Eastern European cultures come to mind by experience).<br><br>
And I don't mind what DD eats for breakfast.<br><br>
But me personally, I absolutely can NOT STAND any "non breakfast" foods in the morning. The thought just makes me queasy. It's gotta be "breakfast" or my poor tummy rebels. (most mornings it's cereal, sometimes oatmeal/porridge, or for special it's pancakes!).
 

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It's true that in other countries they don't have specific "breakfast foods" (Asian and Eastern European cultures come to mind by experience).<br><br>
And I don't mind what DD eats for breakfast.<br><br>
But me personally, I absolutely can NOT STAND any "non breakfast" foods in the morning. The thought just makes me queasy. It's gotta be "breakfast" or my poor tummy rebels. (most mornings it's cereal, sometimes oatmeal/porridge, or for special it's pancakes!).<br><br>
Mind you, I'm pretty happy having breakfast food for lunch and dinner too, lol! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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But dh cringes at that. He's a cereal guy but I'd rather eat yogurt and toast or scones if I take time to bake.<br><br>
Ds barfed up eggs at 18 months and on his 2nd birthday so we rarely eat eggs for breakfast anymore. I want to try again sometime when we don't have to go anywhere right away. He brought them back up within a couple of hours and felt much better after that. He turns them down these days which is fine with me. He still nurses so he's still getting a lot of what he needs from me.<br><br>
Tonight he ate carrots, celery, sesame sticks, ginger snaps, canteloupe and macadamia nuts for dinner.<br><br>
Thanks everone for the great breakfast buffet!<br><br>
Aloha,<br>
Rebecca
 

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It was leftovers here too for most of our history. Kellogg, at his famous spa, invented the idea of breakfast cereal. Flakes. This was in the late 1800s. No one ate them with milk until much later though.
 

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I can't STAND American "breakfast foods". I like to eat a full meal about an hour and a half after I wake up....and it better have vegetables and protein. My favorite was (can't get this too easily anymore<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> ) finnian haddie (a kind of smoked haddock), poached eggs, stewed tomatoes, mashed potatoes, fresh fruit and a HUGE glass of kefir or another yogurt type thing.<br><br>
And I hardly eat dinner most of the time. Can't sleep well if my stomach is too full and I go to bed at about 8:30 these days.<br><br>
My mother told me once: "Breakfast like a king, lunch like a merchant, dine like a pauper". Must be a really old saying.
 

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My dh used to make fun of me because when I was in grad school I would eat leftover pizza, stir fry, or whatever was in the fridge but I would not touch eggs. I just don't understand why we're so programmed to eat "breakfast" foods<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: My kids love Saturday morning because we usually have pizza Friday night. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I love pizza for breakfast!<br><br>
I heard that Kellogg's first flakes were developed 'scientifically' to decrease the sex drive -- a good, Victorian way to start the day.
 

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that is true. when i lived in Nicaragua rice and beans was the standard breakfast left over from the night befor. i think the newmans stuff is fine for breakfast. i love tofu for breakfast
 

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Today for breakfast, ds and I shared:<br>
a slice of leftover veggie pizza w/no cheese<br>
slices of cantaloupe<br>
Trader Joe's schoolbook cookies<br>
Soy Delicious Cookie Avalanche flavor
 

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I just want him to eat something. Today he had a handful of Angel Fluffs (Whole Foods), chocolate milk, and a strawberry cereal bar (Health Valley) Besides, I can't really say anything. Last Saturday, I had a burrito for breakfast.<br><br>
Food is food. Now I don't want him to eat a cookie for breakfast, though an oatmeal cookie could work..<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">.<br><br>
Personally, I have troubles eating breakfast food for breakfast. Eggs don't sit well and waffles and pancakes don't have enough substance for me. Sometimes I will have toast or cereal, but I am more likely to prefer something a little bit more hearty. (Actually, that burrito sounds pretty good about now...)
 

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Ds wanted an animal cookie - he loves the great horned sheep ones from Our Family Farm. It seems a lot of cereals and cookies have some of the same sugar content and I try to look at what he eats over a week's time to check for balance.<br><br>
I need more fresh veggie ideas because we're in a carrot/celery groove and I really want to add something else crunchy. Jicama?
 
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