You will have heard it said before that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and over and over scientific research tells us this is true. For your growing, active child, I believe, it's especially vital. I know it can be difficult with your already busy morning routine (isn't getting everyone out the door hard enough?) but this is where planning and prior preparations will assist you.
Some children (just like some of us) aren't terribly hungry in the morning, try where possible to get them interested by attempting new recipes and getting them involved. Homemade pancakes are a staple in our home (only because I prepare them the night before) topped with fruits or nuts, and 100% maple syrup.
Nourishing - Nutritious - Scrummy - Hunger busting - Breakfasts
Pancakes (gluten free)
Homemade pancakes or crepes will lure even your pickiest eater to the table in the morning and being able to prepare them the night before will save you time. Healthy toppings (fruits, nuts, seeds + 100% sauces (maple syrup) will add endless amounts of goodness to these yummy delights.
Ingredients - Yields 5 average sized pancakes
1 cup non-dairy milk (coconut, rice or nut milk), 2 eggs, 3 tbs coconut flour, 3/4 cup arrowroot flour + 1 tbs flaxseed or hemp seeds (whole)
How to make - Using a blender or hand whisk
Mix all ingredients until smooth, heat little coconut oil in pan, add a large dollop of mixture into the pan and spread, heat until lightly brown on both sides, add toppings of choice.
Add in something raw (uncooked, unprocessed) to every meal, starting with breakfast. Foods such as fruits and veggies, nut, seeds, herbs and spices blend well in juices, smoothies, pancakes, porridge and muffins and provide essential nutrients that the body craves and absorbs well. I also love adding simple little bowls of nature on our kitchen table for little hands to dip in and out of. Try a variety of the following:
Dried Fruits - dates, figs, gogi berries
Fruits - cut up apples, bananas, kiwi, oranges, pears
Nuts - almonds, brazil, cashew, hazlenuts, macadamia, pistachio
Seeds - hemp, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower
Spices - cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, turmeric
Granola is typically reserved for the adults among the family but don't let that put you off offering it to your children, because they might just love it Mix granola with non-dairy milks, greek or coconut yoghurt.
Ingredients - Yields 2 1/2 cups (make double or more to store)
2 cups rolled oats, 1/4 cup mixed raw seeds, 1/4 cup chopped mixed raw nuts, handful of dried fruits, 3 tbsp 100% maple syrup, pinch of sea salt.
How to make - in a large bowl mix all ingredients together. (not dried fruits) On a parchment lined baking tray smooth out the mixture until even. Place in oven at 180 degrees (350F) and bake until golden brown. Allow to stand cool, when ready mix up the granola with your hands (kids will love this!), add dried fruits + keep in air-tight container for 2-3 weeks.