School is back in session! Whether you are sending your tike off to pre-school, half-day kindergarden or 2nd grade you want to make sure they are ready to start the day. You don’t have to make a gourmet breakfast to fill up with the essential nutrients for prime learning, you just have to get creative. Check out some healthy, fun (and easy!) ideas below!
Mug Cakes – What child wouldn’t want cake for breakfast? And guess what the best part is? It is filled with whole grains and protein with no added sugars so their brain is ready to work! Perfect for those hectic mornings we all have, it can also be taken on the go!
Try this chocolate nut butter mug cake (YUM!). Mix the following ingredients together:
3 tablespoons oat flour
1 tablespoon organic cocoa powder
1 tablespoon almond/coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
PINCH of salt
1 egg white OR 1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)
3 tablespoons almond/soy/coconut milk
1 tablespoon of your favorite nut butter
Once mixed, poor into greased mug (I usually spray some coconut oil) and microwave for 1-1:30 min. Eat out of the mug or slide it out onto a plate to make it fancy. Feel free to top with chopped nuts, berries and/or some greek yogurt!
English Muffin Breakfast Pizza – A great way for your kids to create their own breakfasts! Toast an Ezekiel english muffin and top with whatever their little hearts desire! To get even more flavor, feel free to pop these bad boys in the oven until they are toasted to your liking! Some ideas to get you started are below.
Peanut Butter, Bananas, and a drizzle of honey
Cream Cheese, Apricot Reserves, and Almonds
Nutella, Strawberries, and Raspberries
Greek Yogurt, Blueberries, Peaches and a sprinkle of Cinnamon
Flavor Burst! Avoacado, Tomato, and Arugula topped with crumbled Feta and a touch of balsamic glaze
What are some fun ways that you play up breakfast in the morning? Let us know!
With the temps soaring and endless vacations, play dates, and activities happening each day, preparing a hearty breakfast for the little ones each morning might be somewhat challenging. Overnight oats are great because they not only require little to no preparation, but you can get the kids involved by having them help select and prepare their own combination!
1 cup uncooked old fashioned oats
1 cup whole milk, rice, soy or almond milk
1 cup plain greek yogurt
3 tablespoons honey
Add any combination or make up your own of each of these: 1/2 a banana, mashed or sliced, mashed or chopped berries (this works great with frozen berries too) ,flax seeds, chia seeds, a teaspoon of peanut or almond butter, dried fruits, chopped, almonds, walnut, cashew or pumpkin or sunflower seeds
1. In a bowl, stir together the oats, milk, yogurt and honey. Pour into small mason jars and stir in desired accompaniments.
2. Cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 3 days. Serve chilled.
Earlier this week we told you about the amazing health benefits of quinoa and today we have a great recipe that makes the perfect alternative to traditional oatmeal. Even better is it contains more protein and fiber which will help keep your little ones fuller longer!!
1 cup quinoa
2 cups plant based milk (almond and coconut milk work well)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon raw cane sugar
2 tablespoons dried goji berries
1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
handful of fresh raspberries
1 tablespoon dried, raw coconut flakes
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
Rinse the quinoa and strain well. Add to sauce pan, turn on heat.
Let quinoa lightly toast for about a minute, being sure to shake the pan now and again so it doesn’t burn.
Add the milk and bring to a boil. Lower heat and add cinnamon, raw cane sugar and dried goji berries.
Cook covered for about 15 minutes, turning the heat down as low as possible. Once the quinoa is cooked, turn off heat.
Add the blueberries, sunflower seeds and coconut flakes. Let stand covered for 5 minutes.
Before serving, add add a bit more milk and the raspberries.