It’s the food that marks the end of summer and the beginning of every school year.
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I’ve been awake for more than an hour when the alarm goes off. These days, my body clock goes off at exactly 5:40 every morning. As I willfully hold on to the last vestiges of sleep, feeling it slip away as surely as the day’s rays will come shining through my window, my mind fills with the day’s tasks.
Top of mind and top of the morning every morning is: what to feed Boo for breakfast?
During the summer, my little girl – granted, how little can a girl be if she’s already starting the 5th grade? – would wake up in time for brunch, her preferred foods already leaning more towards lunch and last night’s leftovers (hello, spaghetti!).
But now that she’s got to be out of the house by 7am – “Mom, I’ll get a green slip if I’m late!”- I’m thankful that she’s taken after me in two ways. One, every day must begin with breakfast, and two, pack lunches (baon) rule.
Breakfast cereals, the dump-and-pour kind, are a lifesaver. We sit side by side at the kitchen table munching away: me with my flax seed and bran; her, with her favorite Cookie Crisp, or more recently, Koko Krunch Duo, a chocolate and white chocolate cereal that appeals even to the adult in me. Later on in the week when I’ve shaken the early week blues, I make Boo some soft-boiled eggs which I pair with some toast soldiers. She loves those, or sometimes, it’s pancakes or waffles slathered with peanut butter.
When it comes to baon, Boo – like all kids her age – adores processed foods like corned beef, tocino, and her latest passion, Purefoods Chicken Nuggets – “…dot dot dot ‘Fun Nuggets’, Mom!” she excitedly corrects me. So we strike a deal. She can have her “fun foods” twice a week for baon balanced out with home-cooked food the rest of the week. Hello, brand new school year!
Tell me: what is your back to school food?