When my child wakes up famished at 6am, the time to whip up breakfast is really short before her screams make me deaf, not to mention I'm still half asleep. I've noticed she's usually her hungriest in the morning, which is expected after 12 hours from her last meal. A bowl of oatmeal cooked in goat milk is my go-to choice when it comes to Grace's breakfast, but now and then I like to change it before she gets tired of the good old porridge. Sometimes I swap it with Wheetabix, a very basic wholegrain cracker which is low in sugar; other times I like making a little more effort and offer her something tastier. I am still working on my breakfast repertoire for Grace and after few failures we've found two big winners:
Almond and honey toast
This has become my current favorite and so is for Grace. One toasted slice of rye bread, one heaped teaspoon of creamy almond butter and a little drizzle of local raw honey. Why I think it's delicious and nutritious? It has everything you and your little ones need: fibers and complex carbs from the bread, healthy fats and proteins from the nuts and minerals from the honey. To make this a top notch breakkie, I always use high quality honey; I buy raw and local; raw because it means the honey hasn't been heated and pasteurized and contains minerals, enzymes and powerful antioxidants; local because local pollen can strengthen a person's immune system and reduce pollen allergy symptoms. Remember that honey is only suitable for 12 month old kids and over.
Yogurt with homemade fruit puree
If your kids love flavored yogurt, then they'll adore this one! In spite of the convenience, I have a problem with supermarket flavored yogurts: they're full of junk and the worst part is that the junkiest products are targeted to kids! remember that 'organic', 'grass-fed' yogurt doesn't refer to how healthy they are. Check the amount of added sugar (which excludes natural recurring sugar from fruit)...you'll be surprised how much there is.
Grace loves plain yogurt too and I don't have to flavor it, but it's a nice way to add some good fruit in the morning. I prepare portion sized jars in advance and they keep well in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can make yours in whatever flavors you like, but after experimenting a little I find that strawberries (back in season now!) and banana is Grace's favorite.
I blend 4 or 5 strawberries and one ripe banana in a blender until it has the consistency of a thick smoothie. I add 2 or 3 teaspoon of the mix at the bottom of a 4 oz glass jar and then cover with plain yogurt. The secret is not to blend the yogurt in the blender with fruit as it'll come out too runny to eat by the spoon. Instead, give it a little stir in the jar, close with a tight lid and store in the fridge.
At the moment I am testing few other recipes for Grace and I'll post an update as soon as I get her approval!
For now, enjoy these little treats! xx