Keep breakfast simple yet healthy
Start your day with a smile
I used to think that dinner was the most frustrating family meal of the day because I dreaded the preparation and deciding what to have. When I had a meal plan is was much easier, but that went out the window for some reason?! Then I began my quest to living a healthier lifestyle and the research began. The downfall for me now is, "once you know what you know you can't 'un-know' it". Sometimes I wish I didn't know about what happens to animals locked up in tiny cages the same size as their bodies and the amount of processing milk goes through before it ends up at the supermarket in a plastic container (by this point there are practically no good nutrients left) and that even bread turns to sugar once it's in your body- thank you "That Sugar Film"! It is now a scary world for food because the big companies are selling us the information they want us to see no matter how far from the truth that may be. It's all about the money- they don't care about our health at the end of the day, sadly.
Most people know that breakfast is important and sets you up for the day. A good healthy breakfast often means you have a
tummy full of the right nutrients (good fats, whole grains, proteins) that will provide long lasting energy to get you through
your morning and help you concentrate at work or for your kids, at school.
So I began cooking up bacon, eggs, tomatoes, spinach, sour-dough bread, avocado or I would heat up our left over dinner - I still do that now with our dinner.
But of course most of the time people don't have the time, the energy or the patience when getting children ready for school especially. Oh my goodness isn't that one of the most stressful parts of the day!
I have really relaxed now with our eating habits. I still will not feel my kids cereal unless it's porridge or wheat biscuits but I add loads of good stuff to make these filling. The reason I won't give them cereal is due to the content being practically all sugar and I know for a fact that this does NOT provide children with the good energy they need to help them concentrate at school, or even behave in a stable way. They get the sugar high and then the low- the slump happens and then it's downhill from there.
What I wanted to share was how I use basic breakfasts and amp them up to give the kids the fuel they need to start their day.
So our favourites are porridge, wheat biscuits, home-made pancakes, smoothies and left over dinners (plus breakfast balls when I'm organised).
I add the amount required to filtered water in a saucepan and bring to the boil and then simmer an extra minute or two until it thickens. I add a tablespoon of chia seeds (white is best to not look like there are ants floating around in their food).
I now buy Inner Health Powder when it's on special from the Chemist Warehouse and store it in my fridge adding it to the kids breaky foods each morning. I have learnt about gut health and now this is a non negotiable for me in our family.
I will pop in some milk if I need to cool it down a bit and sometimes an ice-cube of bone broth and then a good teaspoon of raw honey.
I will only buy the home-brand version from Woolys as they don't have sugar in them like the named brands. We pour boiling water from the kettle over these and then 1-2 ice-cubes of bone broth and (sometimes a dash of milk if needed). A tablespoon of chia seeds also go into the bowl and the Inner Health Powder with a good teaspoon of raw honey.
I use a basic pancake recipe of eggs, milk and flour but we buy unhomogenised milk, spelt, quinoa or beesan (chickpea) flour and free range organic eggs (or eggs from our own chooks).
I also ad chia seeds, 1/4 cup quinoa flakes, 1/4 cup LSA (ground linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds).
I cook them either in grass-fed butter or coconut oil and then we drizzle (or soak haha) them with pure maple syrup.
- If you want a low fructose topping, rice syrup would be your choice.
Quick and simple and always a winner with my kids.
Spinach (frozen or fresh)
1-2 bananas and/or frozen blueberries
Inner Health Powder
1-2 ice cubes of bone broth
Tablespoon of raw honey
Fill with coconut water
BLITZ the lot. We use a nutri-bullet and have for years. Yes we absolutely love it :-)
Our kids have grown up eating healthy so I admit it's a lot easier for me compared to starting with say a ten year old. In this case, you need to try small steps and only change one very small thing at a time and don't rush it.
If you aren't making bone broth already, personally that would be one thing I highly recommend to start on.
I have videos on how I make mine here.
On the days when I feel like being creative that's when I make the bacon, eggs, fritters or whatever takes my fancy that morning.
PLEASE NOTE- It has taken our family years to be where we are with all these ingredients. I never knew what half of these things were 5 years ago or how to pronounce them. I've been lucky our kids are young so have grown up with it all. We now couldn't go back as our bodies are use to a much cleaner diet.