Breakfast, as the first meal of the day (many say the most important of all the meals), is often rushed, unrelaxing and can be repetitive. Porridge again anyone? The Cooking them Healthy girls, Georgie and Jo, with almost (one due soon!) 6 children between them, are passionate about providing simple, delicious & nutritious recipes that work well in the context of busy family life.
Their website is my default destination when I need a quick bit of inspo for kids meals, so I am delighted to hand over the reins to them to give you some ideas!
When The London Mummy asked us for our top tips on how to boost fruit intake at breakfast we were more than happy to provide our favourite fruity suggestions. One key foodie rule when feeding families is to always try to include protein at breakfast (and all meals) as this helps to slow down the release of sugar and helps to keep little tummies feeling fuller for longer. Sugary cereals can leave children feeling hungry by mid-morning, not helpful to sustain a busy morning at school. Protein supports growth and repair in little bodies, maintains energy levels and should be included at each meal & snack. Good sources for breakfast include eggs, nuts, seeds and both natural and Greek yogurt.
See below for our favourite fruity breakfast recipes :-
We like to grate fruit (and veg such as carrots) into our muffins which boosts the nutritional content and adds natural sweetness, we well as helping to keep them nice and moist. Muffins also freeze brilliantly so are perfect to have on hand when time is short. Try our Pear & Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins, you won’t be disappointed.
Porridge oats are a rich source of soluble fibre, helping support healthy tummies, as well as providing a source of Beta Glucans which are helpful for a health immune system. Compotes are quick & easy to make using either seasonal or frozen fruit. Our Immune Boosting Porridge would make the ideal breakfast for the whole family, and our Rhubarb & Strawberry Compote makes a perfect topping for porridge, or try with natural yogurt and some of our Amazing Granola.
Crumble is more often considered a pudding, but when combining very few nutritious ingredients, there is no reason it can’t be served at breakfast with some delicious Greek or Coconut Yogurt. Our crumbles contain a combination of oats, ground almonds, fruit and no refined sugar. The oats & almonds provide a protein hit, and if you keep some crumble mix handy in the freezer, you can add it to any seasonal or frozen fruit. Our Roasted Nectarines with Crumble Toppingare a big hit in our house, at any time of the day! If you’re looking for a gluten free breakfast option, our Buckwheat Crumble Topping is brilliant to keep on hand in the freezer.
Smoothies can be a great option when we you short of time as they are both quick to make and portable. It is easy to up the sugar content of smoothies so ensure you have a base of protein (natural or Greek yogurt) and add nuts & seeds (if tolerated of course) . You can also add a scoop of high quality protein powder to boost your smoothies, either whey or a vegan protein, to help keep those sugar levels balances and tummies happy until lunchtime. Smoothies can also be a great way to hide a helping of green vegetables so try adding a handful of spinach or kale to your breakfast smoothie – we can almost guarantee it will go unnoticed! Try our delicious Berry Smoothie.
I think half term is as good a time as any to get the kids cooking. It’s cold outside, immune system may be a bit down so why not rustle up something healthy together – a sure fire way to get them to eat it if they have helped.
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