If trying to get your child to eat breakfast in the morning is an uphill battle, you’re not alone. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics 8-12% of school-aged kids skip breakfast, and by the time the kids enter adolescence, as many as 20-30% completely give up the morning meal. Fueling your kids for the day ahead is imperative, and it’s worth the extra effort to make sure it’s a healthy one.
But we all know it’s not that easy. While there’s no exact formula, but here are 5 Good Food Made Simple family-tested-tips:
Bottom line: Set standards, give them ownership, and have a back-up plan!
Do you have any helpful tips? We’d love to hear! Share on Facebook or post below.
Frozen Foods: Where did we go wrong?
According to the American Frozen Food Institute, the average American eats 72 frozen meals a year [source: Alexander]. In 2010, the New York Times published an article stating that Americans consume 31% more packaged foods than fresh food.
And yet, despite the fact that consumption and production are on the rise, consumers everywhere are being urged to avoid the frozen food aisles, and favor the ‘periphery’ (fresh produce), instead. In fact, much of America’s obesity epidemic is being blamed on the rise of ‘convenience’ foods, including frozen meals.
But are they really all that bad?
As a company that produces frozen foods, uses wholesome nutrients, and above all else, eats the products ourselves, we believe it’s not the case. Of course, there are frozen foods that aren’t good for you. A lot of them. Which is why we, at Good Food Made Simple, believe that frozen foods need to undergo a transformation, and we want to be a part of it. With brands like Amy’s, Annie’s and Alexia, we’ve got more than a fighting chance. Our goal is to recreate the notion of ‘frozen’ as bad, and even more that [gasp], it can be a part of our daily diet.
Don’t believe us? Let’s take a look at the statistics. Apples to apples, (or should we say, oatmeal to oatmeal). Good Food Made Simple’s 100% whole grain unsweetened oatmeal. Slowly simmered and flash frozen, it’s all the goodness of homemade oatmeal, without the messy pots and time over the stove. With 3 ingredients, (whole grain steel cut oats, filtered water, and sea salt), it’s everything we want in oatmeal and nothing we don’t. 3 minutes in the microwave, topped with your own choice of fruit or nuts, it’s the perfect ‘I have 5 minutes to eat and be out the door’, breakfast. Or in our case, the perfect ‘bring to the office and eat out of a mug’ treat.
For the sake of comparison, let’s look at Starbucks “Perfect” Oatmeal. If you look at just the nutrition facts, the two are comparable with Mccann’s Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal. In fact, Good Food Made Simple’s Original contains an extra gram of fiber (while Starbucks has an added half gram of saturated fat). But that’s only half the story. What about ingredients? While our original steel cut contains only three ingredients, Starbucks boasts 13 different ingredients! We don’t know about you, but we don’t need any guar gum in our oats. Fresh or not.
What does all of this mean? Well, it means you need to look at your ingredients. Just because something is ‘fresh’ or ‘frozen’ doesn’t mean it’s better or worse. It’s what’s inside that counts.
Question: Do you eat frozen foods?
Posted on October 22, 2011 by George Gavris, Good Food Made Simple
We know that mornings can get a little hectic, but that shouldn’t mean sending the little ones out the door without some good brain food. It’s time to kick the sugar – laden cereals and bars to the curb, and instead give your kids (and you) something to cheer about. Here’s an idea that will fill your kids tummies and turn breakfast into an artistic adventure!
All you will need:
· Good Food Made Simple All Natural frozen Whole Egg Patty
· Fun cookie cutters (maybe hearts for a Valentine’s Day theme)
· Multi-grain bread
· A thin slice of cheese
· Ten minutes of your morning
From there it is quite simple: Pop the egg patties in the microwave for 90 seconds as the bread is in the toaster. Then let your kids have fun cutting silly shapes out of the egg patties and the toast and voila, you’ve got a heart (or whatever cutter you chose) shaped breakfast on the go!
Starting your kids off their day with a high-quality protein like that found in eggs will leave the little ones with 3 hours of energy and improved memory recall timing, according to the Incredible Egg. And remember our All Natural Whole Egg Patties [Link to product page] are equivalent to one large egg, plus we threw some extra egg whites in there.
What did you make with your breakfast sandwich? Send us a picture and we’ll send you a coupon!
Posted on October 22, 2011 by George Gavris, Good Food Made Simple
According to a research from the University of Surrey, “there is no link between eggs and high cholesterol.” In fact eggs are a highly recommended healthy breakfast food. It is a nutrient-dense food, with an invaluable source of protein, such a high quality that scientists frequently use it as the gold standard for measuring the protein quality of other foods. 
Often there is some kernel of truth to every myth, so why have so many Americans shied away from this healthy breakfast choice? The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) shared that eggs have been found to be 14% lower in cholesterol than previously recorded studies. The average amount of cholesterol in a large egg is 185mg. Experts are not denying that this is a substantial amount of cholesterol, however it has been proven that adults can eat eggs without significantly impacting their risk of heart disease. In fact, only a small amount of the cholesterol in food passes into the blood stream. Instead, watch out for foods high in saturated and trans fats; these have a much larger effect on blood cholesterol levels.
Let’s take a look at egg nutrition facts: 6 grams of protein will keep you full and energized. Thirteen essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants boost energy levels. This all at a very low calorie count – only 70 calories!  So crack open an egg and enjoy. And for those of you looking for a healthy breakfast on the go try Good Food Made Simple All Natural Egg Patties. It’s the real deal – 100% egg, in 3 minutes, without the clean up.
 Byrne, Katie. “10 Health Myths Debunked.” Evening Herald Newspaper | Ireland’s Evening News Paper | Dublin & National News – Herald.ie. Evening Herald Newspaper, 1 Aug. 2011. Web. 24 Aug. 2011. .
 “Egg Nutrition and Heart Disease: Eggs aren’t the dietary demons they’re cracked up to be” Harvard Health Publications, 2006, Harvard Medical, 24 Aug. 2011 http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/egg-nutrition www.incredibleegg.org