Breakfast Ideas for a 9 yr. old

by Ruth Feldman
(New York, NY)

I need ideas for breakfast and lunch for a 9 year old who doesn't like sandwiches, doesn't like food that has been reheated or is cold and used to be hot and doesn't eat vegetables or fruit except apples. Doesn't eat cheese except orange processed cheese and doesn't eat fish, meat or eggs, unless his grandfather makes them even if his mom makes them the exact same way.

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Nov 09, 2010
I'm going to post this in two sections.....
by: Mimi/simply-vegetarian.com

Hi Ruth, Thanks for writing. Your son sounds just like my 9 (almost 10) year old nephew. He's full of energy but hardly eats!

As for breakfast, does your son like milkshakes and smoothies? You can "trick" him into downing good nutrients that will help him concentrate during the day and give him energy by preparing tasty smoothies. On the Breakfast page there are ideas for a breakfast smoothie but you may want to "kid it down" a bit to suit your son's tastes. I would blend a fruit (banana, strawberry, blueberry, melon, pear, apple etc. - any combination) with milk, 1/4 cup ground oatmeal or bran (uncooked), 1 tbsp. ground nuts. You can try throwing in some cooked beans ? they make the shake thick and creamy and he won't even taste them with the fruity flavours. That's one idea ? he may think it's cool to have a milkshake for breakfast?.

How about trying Zucchini Muffins or Banana Muffins for a tasty breakfast?

Does he go for tortilla wraps? It's amazing what you can hide in a wrap sandwich ? any combination of avocado, tomato, lettuce, tahini, cheese, peanut butter, banana, tofu spread, sprouts ? I mean just try anything he may like. Does he like sushi? Wrap the tortilla up tightly and then cut into "sushi" slices. You can use the avocado as "wasabi" and lettuce, raw spinach or any greens as the "seaweed". If it's fun ? it'll work.

As for lunches ? again, if it's fun you can get them to eat anything. You can use cookie cutters to cut fruit and veggies into fun shapes. It also works with sandwiches ? cut the bread into fun shapes and your son may be enticed into eating it.

Raw vegetables are more fun when you supply a dip. When sending carrot sticks, baby carrots, celery, or bell pepper strips, try adding a container of natural dressing or yogurt or cream-cheese based dip (the yogurt/cheese dip will provide the much-needed protein and calcium).

Fruit can also be fun ? you can try to get him to be more adventurous by putting small chunks of fruit, such as strawberries, grapes, melon, seedless orange etc. on a skewer (long cocktail toothpicks are perfect). If he'll only eat apples, supply a container of peanut butter to dip them into ? he'll get the protein from the peanut butter or any other nut-butter (eg. cashew). My kids eat almost anything. But when it came to fruit if it wasn't cut up into pieces, the apples, pears, oranges etc. would rot away in fridge. So I'd put a plate of cut fruit out for them and they'd wolf the stuff down.

I'm going to continue this in a second posting.....

Nov 09, 2010
here's "part 2" of my answer....
by: Mimi/simply-vegetarian.com

Pasta salad is a good lunch option. It's supposed to be cold ? so it's not reheated food and you can pack it with veggies for flavour and nutrition.
Try fun shapes such as wagon wheels, small shells tiny tubes. Add your son's favourite veggies like steamed broccoli, olives, carrots, green peas or anything he likes to eat. You can add crunch by using nuts or seeds (sunflower or pumpkin seeds) and protein by adding cheese cubes or smoked tofu cubes. Try using thinned down Tahini as a dressing. Pasta salad is a fun food that he'll like to eat and you know he's getting good nutrition.

How about a thermos of thick soup or veggie stew to send to school?

I hope this helps. I'd love to hear back from you to know if any of these ideas worked!
Mimi

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