My kids need to watch their weight. I am trying very hard to try to keep them at their current weight and have growth take care of the rest. Well, breakfast has been tough for me with the kids.
Why? Because when they were younger I poisoned their palette with Bisquick pancakes, Eggo waffles, white bagels, etc. I never gave them sugar cereals, but back then, I didn't know that dreaded white refined flour was just as bad. And Cheerios, while low in sugar, still is full of refined flour with little fiber. Needless to say, what used to be a Sunday morning ritual, pancakes with real maple syrup (my husband hails from Vermont), is now a once yearly ritual.
But what do you replace it with -- expecially on a daily basis? They say "yech" to all of the low-carb pancake mixes. Total Protein cereal worked for a week, but now they won't touch it. Special K Low Carb (which is much better than Total Protein and my husband's favorite) they will eat once in a while. My daughter will eat the low carb yogurt, but I usually like to put one of those in her lunch (Atkins Carb Countdown French Vanilla only.) My "carbmonster" of a son won't eat the yogurt. Eggs and bacon or sausage is good for a few days of the week, but they want variety.
Well, for kids who eat more carbs than adults and adults who have hit their goal weight, there are some good new alternatives thanks to the ingenuity of the American food producers. Bagels and waffles are now back on the menu, with much more protein and fiber than their traditional counterparts.
Thomas' Carb Counting Waffles and Thomas' NEW Carb Counting Bagels are very good, and my kids love them. The waffles smell heavenly, look like the "traditional" waffle, and I serve them with no sugar maple syrup. Just toast in the toaster oven. (I buy the maple syrup in the regular maple syrup section. I see no reason to pay inflated prices for the Atkins or other high-priced brand. If someone has a reason that I should pay $2 more a bottle, I'd love to hear it.)
The NEW Thomas' Carb Counting Bagels (versus their old Carb Counting Bagels, now called Carb Consider, and my daughter's favorite Sensible Bagels) have even fewer carbs than before. (I'll never forget the debate I had with a Shaw's worker how the low carb bagels were just smaller than the regular bagels.) Just eat plain or toasted with cream cheese. (One of my kids likes them toasted and the other likes them plain.)
Anyhow, I fully expect that more offerings will be available this year. (Frosted Flakes and Fruit Loops have come out with lower sugar brands with 1/3 less sugar, still has highly refined grain and too much sugar, but at least they are considering nutrition! And they had better, because more and more adults are!)
Thomas' Carb Counting Waffles
Serving Size: 1 waffle (46g)
Servings per container 6
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 340 mg
Total Carbohydrate 17g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Thomas Carb Counting Bagels
Serving Size: 1 Bagel (62g) (Yahoo! Many say serving size is 1/2 bagel!)
Servings per container 6
Total Fat 2.5g
Saturated Fat 0.5g
Total Carbohydrate 24g
Dietary Fiber 12g