The Summer holidays have flown by in our household. Being a mum of three, building a business and juggling a household can knock the wind out of my sails some days. I hear parents say "I can't wait for my kids to go back to school" and YES!! I hear ya!! Perhaps we say this as we know we can find some time for ourselves once again - even if it is having a hot coffee (or peppermint tea in my case) on the way to school without having to wipe someones backside, plait hair or find the missing bus pass!!
My eldest has started secondary school so this summer has been an extra special one, one where we have spent as much quality time together as possible - laughing, joking and showing lots of love to one another (he's a cuddly one). I feel that by the time next summer approaches he would have grown up so much, more responsible and maybe more serious? So this summer was such fun!
With the kids going back to school it can get hectic in our household, mainly because our black labrador follows me around like a lost puppy and constantly gets under my feet. The simplest of tasks like walking from one side of the kitchen to another can be more like an assault course (until I stand on his tail or paw and then have to spend 10 minutes apologising to him, which then in turn means I'm ten minutes down ahhhh). Not only can it been busy, but ensuring the kids have a nourishing start to their day is really important to me, not only as a Nutritional Therapist but as a mum.
Kids really do need something high in protein first thing and plenty of fluids. Their brains are like sponges and need to be well fuelled for the day ahead. It helps them to process their studies better, but also their emotions - think of a time when you've been HANGRY (Hungry and Angry)... or not eaten properly and felt shaky and anxious. Kids feel this too, yet they don't understand what's happening to their bodies so can cause them to lash out emotionally - sounds cray cray, but it's true.
So I'd love to share with you a selection of our morning breakfast delights. Sugary cereal is a no no, likewise anything that's really not nutritious so we adapt and find alternatives.
- Water - We all have a "water challenge" most mornings to see who can drink their water the fastest - again anything to get fluids into them first thing. A large glass of water in the morning will help hydrate their body, help activate their brain and get things working.
- Protein - My kids love eggs. Thank goodness as they are a great form of protein. Scrambled in coconut oil, hard boiled, soft Boiled with a slice of wholemeal toast or even made into a delicious omelette filled with wilted spinach and topped with a little cheese.
- Smoothie - My little tot point blank refuses green vegetables - shock horror!! My older two would eat raw broccoli until the cows come home but nope - not this little terror. However I have a secret weapon... my Nutri Bullet!! I made a super refreshing GREEN smoothie each morning, filled with mainly veg and some mango. The sweetness of the mango detracts him from the grren colour and it's nutritionally FABULOUS!!
So as you can see breakfast can be yummy and healthy, I'm not saying just give your kids a boiled egg and a glass of water, but perhaps consider adding them in. Here are a few other recipes you can check out:
1. Hulk Smoothie - My signature smoothie
Blend all of the below ingredients together -
- Half a bag of washed baby spinach
- Half a Cucumber
- Juice of half a zesty lime
- 250g Frozen Mango
- 4 x sprigs of fresh Mint - pick the leaves off
- 1/2 a Large avocado - stone out
Blend together with water until it meets your desired consistency. This will serve 4.
2. Breakfast Muffins
As the cave baby in my life is a rule to his own, I make these to ensure he's getting veggies in him through every meal he eats. I quite like the taste of these too if I am having a Carb loading day.
- 2 x carrots grated
- 2 x small sweet apples grated
- 8 dates (stone out) roughly chopped
- 225g wholemeal self raising flour
- 50g chopped walnuts
- 50g desiccated coconut
- 100g coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 x eggs
- 1 tbsp nutmeg
Preheat Oven to 180oc and line a baking tray with paper muffin cases
Melt the coconut oil and whisk in the eggs and vanilla essence. Sift the flour into a large bowl and add the carrots, apple, dates, nuts, coconut and nutmeg. Mix in the egg mixture and blend together.
Fill the cases with 2 tablespoons of the mixture each. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Cool on a wire rack then serve. These are delicious slightly warm. Perfect once cool to pop into a freezer bag and freeze - simple take out in the morning and put into the microwave for 30-40 seconds (depending on how powerful your microwave is). Be careful to check the insides are not too hot for your little ones.
3. Hidden Veggie Omelette
If your kids don't like omelettes then try this with scrambled eggs, great for adults too - An egg scramble is a great way to use up any veggies and meat.
- 2 x eggs
- 1/2 Red Pepper
- 1/4 Red onion
- Handful of washed baby spinach
- Sprinkling of Cheese
- Teaspoon coconut oil
Chop (very finely) your pepper, red onion and spinach - TOP TIP: If you make this often then chop up more than you need and store in your fridge for the following few days.
Whisk your eggs and add some pepper for flavour. Heat up your coconut oil in a frying pan and add your diced veggies, fry for 2 minutes then add your eggs, Leave to cook on the underside.
Sprinkle your cheese on top and place under a grill to cook the top side, but also allow the cheese to go crispy... delicious.
These are just a select few of the wonderful dishes we get to eat. Overnight Oats, Chai Pots.. the list is endless. It's just being a bit more prepared and thinking outside the box. Hopefully you can give a few of the recipes a go.. happy eating.