A hearty bowl of fruit and oats is a sure-fire way to get your kids’ minds into gear for a tough day of learning. Oats are known to stabilise blood sugar so by giving your kids this amazing meal for breakfast, their blood sugar levels will be more likely to stay under control throughout the day. Why not soak half a cup of raw, rolled oats in warm water overnight? In the morning, they’ll be ready to eat – minimal effort involved! Top them with cinnamon or fresh fruits and plain yoghurt (maybe add a drizzle of honey if your kids need sweetness) and breakfast is served!
Nut Butter Toast
This is a one-up on the classic PB&J on white bread. Buy some healthy rye (or wholegrain if your kids aren’t quite so keen on rye) and pop it in the toaster. Look out for a sugar-free brand of peanut butter like Woolworths’ Organic Peanut Butter or Peel’s Peanut Butter, which you can get at Dischem, and spread a thick layer on the toast. You can top it with banana slices and berries for some added sweetness … or why not take some inspiration from Ida Skivenes’ amazing creations to add that extra bit of excitement to your kids’ first meal of the day?
Soldiers make for a classic breakfast treat – one that both kids and adults alike simply can’t refuse. In fact, this meal is so quick to make that it’s just about as easy as reaching for that box of sugary cereal. Simply soft boil two eggs (quickly wake your child up while they boil) and get some bread (rye or wholegrain) into the toaster. Once the toast is ready, spread a thin layer of good quality butter onto the toast. Cut it up into fingers and cut off the top bit of the egg – a piece big enough to let the toast fingers fit through … dip and enjoy.
It’s super-easy to sneak things like spinach, nuts, seeds and a range of other superfoods into your kids’ smoothies without them even noticing! Don’t overdo it on the fruit juice, salad or dried pieces, though – a fruit here and there is great for fibre and a boost of sweetness but it’s a bad idea to pack six different types of fruit into one meal. Fruits are high in sugar and juices, salads and dried fruit make it super-easy to exceed the recommended amount of sugar you’re supposed to consume in a day. How about blending these ingredients together to give your kid a kick-start to the day: a handful of baby spinach, a tablespoon of plain yoghurt, a frozen banana, some mango chunks, a bit of moringa powder and some ice … tasty and nutritious!
Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seed pudding has been on every health nut’s breakfast bucket list for a while now. It can be made to suit everyone’s tastes so your kids are bound to love it! Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and these super-seeds absorb up to 10x their weight in water, which is why they make such a great breakfast go-to. If you’re feeling uninspired, try this mango chia seed pudding recipe out – it’s like a guilt-free dessert!
By Nikki Samakosky