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THTM #33: Morning time (Breakfast recipes)

What is the key message?

  • “Investment” cooking—making larger amounts of core foods and dividing them into multiple meals-- makes serving healthy foods easier.
  • Parents who prepare healthy meals for their children feel good about their offering their children the best.

Who should receive this message?

  • Any parents or caregiver, especially those who say they don’t have the time or energy to cook.

How can this message be used?

  • How do you decide what you and your family will have for dinner?
  • What is it like in your home as you get ready for dinner?

Idea for a group:

Anyone read “Dear Abby?” (“Dear Abby” is a daily column where a wise woman—Abby—answers readers’ questions.)

Suppose you were hired to be the guest write for “Dear Abby” and you received this letter:

Dear Abby,
I have the world’s best child. I want to be the world’s best mother. My problem is finding time to make breakfast. I know healthy foods like fruits, bread, milk and yogurt are best for us. But, first thing in the morning, the fast food drive through is my best friend. I want to feel good about what I serve, not guilty. Help! How can I offer a healthy breakfast to get us started right in the morning?

Signed, Lost in Fast-Foodville

  • What advice do you have for this busy mother?
  • When you think about preparing breakfast, what are the pros? What are the cons?
  • Does it really make a difference if parents prepare and serve breakfast to their children? How? At a young age, can children really know the difference?
  • What would make it easier for you to prepare breaksfast at home?
  • How do you feel when you and your children have finished a fast food breakfast of a sausage and egg sandwich with hashbrowns?
  • How do mothers who prepare healthy breaksfast for their children feel?
  • Which of these recipes do you think you’d like to try this week?
  • What will you do this week to make meal preparation a little easier for you and your family?


Emotion-Based Messages