What did you have for breakfast as a child? What do you do now for breakfast?

United States
April 26, 2008 2:12am CST
When I was a child, I got to serve myself cold cereal (oat flakes with oodles of sugar poured on top of it.),or leftovers from dinner (I loved it when we had pizza the night before.) Monday through Friday and then the weekends would sometimes be very special with my parents presenting the family with a coffee cake,toast, french toast, pancakes and eggs, oatmeal etc. Was it the same way in your family? Did you get cold cereal for breakfast during the week and hot breakfast on the weekends? What were your breakfasts like as a child?If you are a parent now, what do you do for breakfast for your children?And if you are single like me with no children, what do you do for breakfast? (I find myself sometimes having scrambled eggs and tortillas, sometimes just a piece of fruit, sometimes a piece of toast, and sometimes leftovers and did doesn't seem to matter what day of the week it is as long as I have time to cook something.) What do you do for yourself for breakfast?
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@brimia (6588)
• United States
26 Apr 08
We'd have lots of different things for breakfast when I was a kid...pancakes, French toast, cereal, Cream of Wheat, eggs. My favorite was probably pancakes. These days I usually have cereal in the morning or sometimes oatmeal. During the summer, I like to eat more fruit and fruit smoothies. Occasionally, on weekends, I'll fix pancakes.
• United States
27 Apr 08
Wondering if you use a mix for those pancakes or make them from scratch. Also wondering if you ever add berries, sliced apples and cinnemon, or chocolate chips... Try them if you haven't as they can taste wonderful@ Wishing you many good mornings.
@brimia (6588)
• United States
27 Apr 08
Yes, I always make my pancakes from scratch. Occasionally I'll add banana (and rarely chocolate)...I like blueberry but haven't made blueberry pancakes in ages. My mom used to add apple and cinnamon..they were delicious.
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• United States
30 Apr 08
I am glad that you fix pancakes for yourself sometimes as you liked them best as a child and thus they are probably comfort foods for you... I hope that you always will enjoy your breakfasts.
@gemini_rose (16194)
26 Apr 08
As a child I used to have weetabix, cornflakes or some other cereal with a splash of ice cold milk and loads of sugar. I could not eat soggy cereal or cereal with hot milk. When I went to stay at my Grandmas house I would have cereal and toast with marmalade on. Once I left home I stopped having breakfast altogether, and to this day, I still do not eat breakfast. I just cannot face sitting down to a meal first thing in a morning.
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• United States
27 Apr 08
Interesting that you ate breakfast as a child but no longer eat it... Hoping that you at least eat a good lunch and dinner. The maternal aspect of me is coming out and offering you wheaties. grins. Wishing you happiness. Thanks for being here.
@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
5 May 08
How funny! I used to eat cold cereal WITHOUT milk when I was a kid. Sometimes I still eat it without milk, as I despise soggy cereal. I also don't like loads of sugar, I prefer to get lightly sweetened cereal so I don't have to add any on top. It all goes to the bottom anyway and turns the milk to syrup... yuck lol! I actually didn't eat breakfast for awhile - until I got pregnant with my daughter. I made it a habit to start eating breakfast again then and now 5 years later I am still eating breakfast. It really is important, it prevents you from being starving and then overeating at lunch, dinner, or late into the night.
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@meiji15 (665)
• Philippines
26 Apr 08
i usually have cold cereal with slices of banana or strawberries during weekdays and hot porridge or waffles during the weekends. now, i still eat in the same manner. cereal every morning during weekdays and a hot pancake or waffle during weekends. i don't really eat much breakfast. i usually wake up late especially during weekends. but i do eat lunch, a very big lunch. rice is always present. a soup and a couple of viands complete the set. come to think of it, i have yet to eat. it's 3:45 PM here and i just woke up an hour ago. talk about hangover!
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• United States
26 Apr 08
Sorry about the hangover... Hope that you feel better soon... You might want to eat something. So it is cold cereal for you too during the week and warm food on the weekends. And big lunches... wondering what is "viands"? Thanks for posting here.
@SViswan (12095)
• India
27 Apr 08
When I was in the Middle East, school would start early and I remember having 2 eggs and a glass of milk every week day for breakfast. Some days it was oats porridge. My mother cooked a typical Indian breakfast every morning...but I never had the time to have it...so I would have that on the weekends (Thursday and Friday). When we moved to India, we had typical south indian breakfast every day...idlis, dosas, uppmas, idiyappams, puttus....oh..what a variety. But then too I hardly had the time and was usually rushing through breakfast before I rushed out to catch the 8 O'clock bus. Now, I cook typical Indian breakfast (which is time consuming and I have to be up early for it)...except on days when I don't feel like it and the family gets toast and eggs...and maybe (if they are lucky) oats porridge along with it. But now with the baby, I hardly get any sleep at night and it's toast and eggs most days...except during vacations when I get the time to cook. If I'm alone, oats porridge or toast and a fruit would do. But my husband is a heavy eater and prefers a proper indian breakfast.
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• United States
27 Apr 08
So, you get up early and cook like your mother did... and seem to often have no time to eat much yourself. You are a devoted wife and mother and a good one. Glad to have you post here.
@SViswan (12095)
• India
28 Apr 08
lol..my mother had it easier than I did...she would get up cook...and then go back to bed again. I can't do that.....I do get up much earlier than she did because I want to finish all my cooking for the day...so that I get the time to spend with the kids or do stuff that I want to. And yes, I hardly get time to eat breakfast till around 10 am WHEN I do all the work in the morning. But now with the baby, it's very difficult to do everything on my own...and the getting up in the morning isn't happening either. Since we are having vacations, it's 7 am before I get up....and everyone else is up too....and can't cook the typical Indian breakfast.
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• United States
29 Apr 08
You are amazing.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
27 Apr 08
I ate cherrios and wheaties and I still do sometimes oatmeal
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• United States
27 Apr 08
It is good that you are eating heart healthy stuff for breakfast. I'm glad that you posted here.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
27 Apr 08
I eat like this all the time I just dont know ho they figure my colestrol is high its 113 and doc said that was good for someone that didnt have a heart attack but now they want it down to 70
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• United States
2 May 08
my goodness... they do want it down very low. That does not sound at all easy to manage. But you are doing it.
• Philippines
5 May 08
I remember we always had bread called pan de sal. In english, it means bread of salt. It's a traditional Filipino breakfast item. My mother would usually cook fried eggs, and if the budget would allow it, hotdogs or corned beef. We rarely had pancakes or cereals for breakfast. It's expensive. But I do remember having oatmeal once in a while.
• United States
5 May 08
That bread of salt sounds interesting... wondering if it is indeed very salty... wondering if it is as salty as a soft pretzel or less than that. I am hoping that you have good breakfasts now.
• Philippines
5 May 08
Haha. Yeah pan de sal is a bit salty and sweet at the same time. Now that I'm earning my own keep, I enjoy buying myself big breakfasts. It's the most important meal of the day so we should stock up good.
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• United States
6 May 08
I am glad that you are getting some breakfast for yourself now... Thanks for describing that bread for me. I appreciate it as I was curious.
@mamakat (321)
• United States
29 Apr 08
Most of the time when I was growing up, we went for the quick and easy breakfasts. Pretty much, it was cold cereal and nothing else. We didn't do a lot of hot cereal unless we were able to find it on a really great sale and stock up. On special occasions, holidays, and sometimes on the odd weekend, we'd have scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast with butter. Oddly, I never remember having english muffins or bagels for breakfast until I was older, maybe nearing teen years. My favorite thing to do was to slap a ton of peanut butter on one and heat it in the microwave for about 25 seconds to get the PB all gooey. Even better, if we had any chocolate around, I'd break a few pieces on top of the peanut butter before microwaving it. Mmmmmmmm! Talk about a breakfast of champions! lol
• United States
1 May 08
Reading about your peanut butter and chocolate bagel makes me hungry... Thanks for posting here.
@mamakat (321)
• United States
1 May 08
LOL! Writing about it made me hungry for one too. Oh, the powers of suggestion. Have a wonderful day! *hugs*
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• United States
2 May 08
Hugs to you too.
@jesbellaine (4157)
• Philippines
26 Apr 08
When I was a child, I always have toasted bread and champorado. For those who doesn't know champorado: Champorado (Tagalog: tsampurado) is a sweet chocolate rice porridge in Filipino cuisine. It is traditionally made by boiling sticky/sweet rice and cocoa powder giving it a distinctly brown color. However, dry champorado mixes, which may be found in some Asian food stores, are prepared by adding just boiling water. It can be served hot or cold and with milk and sugar to taste. It is served usually at breakfast and sometimes together with dried fish locally known as tuyo. -------- Even when I am older, my mom still cook champorado but I prefer fried rice, eggplant/egg omelet or fish as the breakfast. I like heavy breakfast since I don't eat lunch.
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• United States
27 Apr 08
It is interesting to me that you eat fish for breakfast as it is not typical breakfast fare here, but is considered to be more for dinner and perhaps lunch. I am thankful that you described the champorado as I would never have guessed that it was rice and coco powder. It sounds good, especially to a chocolate lover like myself. Thanks for sharing with us here. Have a good day.
• Philippines
29 Apr 08
Yep, that is right. I really don't eat lunch so mom makes heavy breakfast for all of us. You can try champorado sometimes hehe. Thank you for your reply. Have a great day!
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@secretbear (19472)
• Philippines
10 May 08
since we are a rice-eating country, i used to have rice with eggs or hotdogs or fried chicken for breakfast. or anything fried partnered with rice. ^__^;; except fried vegetables. sometimes i would just eat bread only with cheese or melted cheese or chocolate porridge. we call that porridge "champorado". its really delicious especially when topped with lots of milk and "biko" (rice cake) or "paborita" (a little like toasted bread). i still eat the same porridge and rice cake once in a while now. but now, i don't eat fried eggs and chicken anymore because i'm allergic to it. i usually eat rice with fried fish and veggies. yeah, i eat vegetables now because i know now how important they are. ^__^;;
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• United States
15 May 08
Thanks for sharing about your breakfast... sounds good.
@rhane7315 (5674)
• Philippines
5 May 08
when i was a kid, i usually have a cup of hot chocolate and some cereals. but as i grow up, if i'm not in hurry i usually have a cup of hot chocolate and a creamy soup. but if i'm in hurry, i would just drink a hot chocolate and i'm ready to go
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• United States
6 May 08
That hot chocolate is something that you always have... I am glad that some things in life do not change. I hope you enjoy many more hot chocolates. Thanks for posting.
@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
5 May 08
Well lately I have been toasting multigrain bread and topping it with almond butter =) I also have a piece of fruit or berries, maybe a light yogurt. My kids usually have cold cereal and milk, like cheerios, frosted flakes, kix, etc. I also stock breakfast hot pockets and we usually have eggs too. I also have coffee every morning. I keep a giant box of instant oatmeal packets in my pantry as well, sometimes we eat those. I usually had cold cereal as a kid because I hated getting up in the morning. My mom sometimes would make eggs, bacon, and pancakes on weekends, I'm not actually a pancake fan, I prefer waffles. I do love scrambled eggs or omelettes though and I don't often turn those down. I like egg sandwiches too... 2 scrambled eggs with cheese on a toasted english muffin with a little mayo and dijon and bacon. MMMM! I have not had leftovers for breakfast, I don't generally think about it! Sometimes my kids will eat the rest of the pizza for breakfast if we have a box from Little Caesars in the oven.
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• United States
5 May 08
It sounds like this topic made you a wee bit hungry... Hoping that you have a good breakfast.
@megumiart (3782)
• United States
2 May 08
When I was a kid I had the strangest things for brakfast. I had anything from leftover pizza and coffee cake, to candy bars and cheese-its, and to pancakes with frosting instead of syrup. These days I try to eat healthier, but I still do love having sweets for breakfast. xD
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• United States
2 May 08
Sweets taste so good but they are probably not the best for us... Glad that you are trying to do better for yourself.
@Anne18 (11036)
2 May 08
As a child we only had cereal, corn flakes, rice crispies or weetabix. When staying with my Nanna she always used to cook us porridge regardless if it was summer or winter as we always asked for porridge. My children get the choice of a three course breakfast. They always have fresh puree fuit (apple and banana) choice of cereal, normally coco pops, cruncrhie nut, etc, and toast with soft spread. Saturdays they have a choice of jam, hunny or lemon curd on there toast. sundays the children have boiled egg and toasted soliders
• United States
2 May 08
It sounds like you had no variety and as a result give your children lots of variety.. I am wondering... What is toasted Soldiers?
@sherrir101 (3671)
• United States
2 May 08
My favorite breakfast as a child was an egg sandwich. I made it with white toast. I put mayonaise and a little mustard on it. I still prefer it as of this morning. I problably have 3 during the week. On the weekends my mom would make breakfast. She fried diced potatoes with onions. The put in chunks of bologna and fry that. then she would scramble eggs over that. She would serve it with toast. I still crave that every couple of weeks.
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• United States
2 May 08
I am glad that you still like what you liked as a child and tht you make it for yourself now too.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
1 May 08
until my later teen years my mother made us breakfast every week day and on the weekends my father would. I do not recall having cold cereal in the house very often till later on either. my father was great at making egg meals and usually would make either omeletes or fried eggs on the weekend. during the week we would have cream of wheat, french toast, egg in a hole, coffee cakes, pan cakes bagels etc.
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• United States
1 May 08
My dad was a master at fixing breakfasts... I am glad that your mom and dad both made them for you. Thanks for posting here.
30 Apr 08
When I stayed with my Nan as a child she would give me sugar sandwiches for breakfast! Now I don't eat breakfast very often..the 2 are probably related in some way. I used to love eating grapefruit for breakfast but my absolute favourite has to be a nice big fry up when im hungover!
• United States
1 May 08
I must admit... I am confused... What is a sugar sandwich and how do you make it... Also what is a big fry up? It seems that our words to describe things are different... please describe them in more detail... what are they? Now you have me curious. :)
@busta1baby (1239)
• United States
29 Apr 08
i think i eat bout the same as i did wen i was a child
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• United States
1 May 08
Hoping that you continue to enjoy whatever it is that you eat. :}
• United States
29 Apr 08
i use to eat shredded wheat ceral as a child and still do off and on now
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• United States
29 Apr 08
That is something that my mother liked as well... sounds healthy for you.
• United States
28 Apr 08
I had all sorts of different things for breakfast as a child. I had warm stuff during the week too if mom had enough time to make it. We had cereal, grits, pancakes, waffles, bacon, eggs, pop tarts, peanut butter toast, muffins...all kinds of different things on different days. It's kinda the same way now too. When I am able to fix something warm then I do but the rest of the time it's waffles or pancakes or pop tarts in the toaster or microwave. Sometimes I'll make muffins the night before and heat them up for us the next morning. So it just really depends on if I work that day or not as to what we all eat for breakfast. And on the weekends I always try to make something warm for us to eat.
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• United States
29 Apr 08
You sound like you care a lot about your family... just like your mom.
• United States
28 Apr 08
We had to fix our own breakfast but in the winter my mother always fixed oatmeal, cream of rice, or wheateena (sp?_) well it was horrible to me but my brother loved it..lol..sometimes we had pancakes or French toast with lots of butter and maple syrup..and bacon..sometimes eggs as we lived on a farm and had lots of eggs. Cereal was something we also had a lot of and it was cold ceral and we always had our favoriates..i hated wheaties, but preferred puffed rice and Captain Crunch..lol
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• United States
29 Apr 08
I'll bet that those eggs were nice and fresh not like the ones we get in the store... Wondering what you do now for breakfast.