August 29, 2010…Bobby Flay and Parade Magazine helping to fuel the childhood obesity epidemic!

August 29, 2010. Thank you Bobby Flay and Parade Magazine for helping to fuel the childhood obesity epidemic!!! No wonder our children are getting heavier!

All I wanted to do was have a relaxing breakfast on a Sunday morning. I opened Parade Magazine, a section of my Sunday newspaper and saw recipes by Bobby Flay. The title: Start the Year Right with….Back-To-School Breakfasts.

Mr. Flay developed 3 recipes for our children.

1. Eggs, bacon, hash browns quesadilla

2. Peanut-Butter French Toast ‘Waffles” with Mixed Berry Sauce

3. Apple-Pie Oatmeal with Brulee’d Crust

Yep, there they are. So, I allow my eyes to travel to the Nutrition Facts for each “healthy” recipe.

Choice #1 : 660 calories, 58 grams total carb, 5 grams fiber (53 grams net carb/serving!!!)

Choice #2: 460 calories, 65 grams total carb, 8 grams fiber, ( 57 grams net carb/serving!!!)

Choice #3: 580 calories, 107 grams total carb, 10 grams fiber, (97 grams net carb/serving!!!)

Remember that there is no beverage with these choices. If we add 8 ounces of low fat milk, we need to add 12 more grams of net carb to each total.

63 grams/67 grams/ 109 grams net carb.

So much for my relaxed breakfast. I actually felt my stomach tighten into a knot. Over 50% of our children have the genetic predisposition to Metabolism B (metabolic syndrome) and these breakfasts are suggested as healthy choices? Can you even imagine the insulin release after a breakfast like this? The kids will be gaining plenty of fat around their middle, in their arteries, and falling asleep in class by 9:30AM. This kind of breakfast will decrease their ability to focus, concentrate, cause mild depression/anxiety, irritability, exacerbate ADD/ADHD as well as contribute to excessive fat anabolism.

When will the media, medical associations, and White House acknowledge that millions of people (including children) have Metabolism B, it affects their weight and health, and it is our responsibility to teach our children to eat correctly to keep their metabolism functioning properly?

I am going to list 10 breakfasts that would be great for your children……please give them a try as there’s bound to be something there that your kids will eat. Don’t let them skip breakfast. Breakfast means “break the fast.” If they leave the house without eating, their liver will be responsible for feeding them (with glycogen stores) until they eat at lunch. By this time, all this glycogen release will cause an insulin release similar the over-abundant insulin release that will occur as the result of consuming Bobby Flay’s healthy breakfast recipes!

Breakfast #1

2 Scrambled eggs or egg whites with chopped ham and shredded low fat cheddar

1 light multigrain English Muffin with a spread of whipped butter

8 ounces 1 % milk

29 grams net carb, whole grain, 25 grams protein

Breakfast #2

1 cup low fat Greek Yogurt

½ tsp honey

½ cup sliced strawberries

¼ cup chopped nuts

20 grams net carb, 25 grams protein

Breakfast #3

2 multigrain waffles

2 Tbls natural peanut butter

2 tsp sugar free jelly with fiber

8 ounces 1% milk

34 grams net carb, 18 grams protein

Breakfast #4

1 cup Kashi Honey Sunshine Cereal

1 cup organic unsweetened soy milk

½ cup blueberries

33 grams net carb, 11 grams protein

Breakfast #5

Grilled cheese made with 2 slices lite whole grain bread

2 ounces 2% milk fat American Cheese

Whipped butter

Sliced tomato

1 cup 1% milk

27 grams net carb, 22 grams protein

Breakfast #6

Smoothie made with ½ cup plain yogurt, ½ cup 1% milk, 1 peach, ¼ tsp vanilla extract,1/2tsp honey, 1 scoop whey protein powder….blended

32 grams net carb, 31 grams protein

Breakfast #7

1 cup cooked oatmeal

¼ tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp vanilla extract, ½ tsp honey, ¼ cup chopped walnuts,

EAS low carb Protein shake

34 grams net carb, 25 grams protein

Breakfast #8

2 Mission Low carb tortillas sprinkled with 2-3 shredded low fat cheddar and chopped tomato

Microwave until cheese melts and roll like quesadilla

8 ounces 1% milk

22 grams net carb, 22 grams protein

Breakfast #9

1 cup cottage cheese or ricotta cheese topped with ¼ cup sliced strawberries, ¼ cup blueberries, ½ banana, ½ cup melon cubes, chopped walnuts

30 grams net carb, 25 grams protein

Breakfast #10

French toast made with 2 slices light whole grain bread

1 egg, beaten with ¼ tsp vanilla and dash of cinnamon, salt

Walden farms sugar free syrup

8 ounces 1% milk

27 grams net carb, 20 grams protein


About Diane Kress

Author of The New York Times Bestseller; The Metabolism Miracle, The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook, and The Diabetes Miracle. and The Metabolism Miracle, Revised Edition. Owner, developer, and administrator of The Metabolism Miracle's support site: Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Email:
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