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Sep 24, 2009 01:19 AM

packing a breakfast

Where we live, it is expected that kids will eat school lunch--no one brings theirs, which I'm happy to go along with. There is, however, a challenge for me in providing a "breakfast" for mid-morning break every day.
The German kids bring typical German breakfast foods--bread or "Broetchen" (rolls) are the centerpiece, with butter (kid won't eat it) or some kind of dressing (ditto) on it, and cheese (that either--sigh) or meat on it. I'm a vegetarian but have started getting a couple of slices of "salami" (lunch meat)to put on his bread but the butchers all say I shouldn't keep it more than a day or two. The Broetchen also have to be purchased that often or they go stale. So it's a drag; constant shopping, and the kiddo needs to eat.
I often send fruit and he usually eats it, but I'd like to send other things too--he's a hungry little guy.
Sending plain bread worries his teacher that he's starving (yes, he is smarter than a dog, but he might just nibble, and then be hungry before lunch).
At home for breakfast, he likes scrambled eggs, toast with cinnamon sugar, pancakes, oatmeal with molasses. He does not like yogurt (We've never had it tested, but he may be lactose intolerant).
I mentioned spanikopita as an option and he was enthusiastic, but I'm not making it every day.
I don't know if they have poptart type things here, but I'd rather stay at a more whole foods end of things any way.

SO, I'm looking for suggestions for healthy, easy to pack brunch food that is tasty for a 1st-grader.
Any advice?

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  1. Some sort of granola/trail mix? You could put in the nuts and dried fruit that he likes -- sesame seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds, raisins, dried cherries, blueberries, whatever. Then whatever other add-ins he likes -- dried banana chips, coconut, even a few chocolate chips.

    The cinnamon toast seems like it would travel well as a sandwich.

    Muffins or slices of quick bread with cream cheese spread. Blueberry, pumpkin, zucchini. Muffins can be wrapped and frozen, quick bread frozen in individual slices, so they can be used next week or so. I've seen recipes for cornbread or corn muffins with carmelized onions and cheese.

    Even raisin-oatmeal cookies can be pumped up with chopped fresh fruit (apples, pears), wheat germ and/or nuts to make them more of a breakfast cookie.

    1. I was going to say nuts too, or a healthy cereal that is bite size (for a snack, I've been bringing those frosted shredded wheat by Fiber One or the caramel squares).

      Or make up a big batch of small pancakes to freeze, fold in half with jam or peanut butter (like a soft taco).

        1. what about cheese and crackers or peanut butter and cfrakers? lillte room temp frittas?

          1. Hard-boiled egg? Yogurt mixed with fresh or dried fruit and/or granola? Something with protein will tide him over until lunch better than just fruit will. By the way, what is your school lunch program in Germany like? American programs vary a great deal but tend to make a lot of use of inexpensive starches.