Feeding your child can be fun, challenging, stressful, confusing and most certainly...messy!
Some days you are time poor, others you are tired, some you are creative and inspired; but ALWAYS you aim to provide a healthy and balanced start to your little person's day.
Below I've provided my favourite breakfasts, we tend to rotate them around to create variety and I usually eat the same, if not a very similar version, I think Johnny prefers his breakfasts when he can see that I'm having the same thing. It's fun to sit at the table together, with our dog watching on eagerly for any bits that might get thrown across the room :-)
This I make big enough for the both of us (3 eggs) I always add a bit of green (usually grated zucchini or chopped baby spinach leaves) and sometimes another vege pending what's in the fridge (maybe mushrooms, corn, chives etc)
With a good dollop of butter I pour the mix into the fry pan then add some grated cheese, fold in half, flip over and serve... I get lots of "nom nom noms" from baby John with this one!
* Note: I always use free range eggs!! They contain vitamin D (which most of us are deficient in) this is so important for growth and immunity. Cage eggs don't contain Vitamin D because the chickens don't see the sun :-( Also cage eggs don't contain Omega 3 because they are fed only grains, our babies need omega 3 so they grow up to be genius's!
*Note 2: Always grate your cheese from the block! Did you know that packaged grated cheese has added nasty's to keep it fresh and prevent clumping? it's really not much effort to grate a little bit and it is so much tastier too!
Feeling adventurous?? How about grating some liver into your omelette?? Liver is a rich source of fat soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A. In many cultures feeding children organ meats is deemed essential to their growth and development. You can buy some lambs fry from the butcher and keep it in the freezer then just grate a little into your omelette. Fat soluble vitamins are VERY important to health but we don't need lots of them so only use liver 1-3 x per week and always choose free range and organic.
2) Yoghurt bircher mix
After soaking a tablespoon of chia seed in water over night I add a dollop of plain or greek yoghurt, stir it through and then add some fruit. There you have it, a delicious mix of good fats, protein, fibre and carbohydrates!
Mix up the fruits you use to suit your needs! ie if your bub is a little blocked up you could stew a combination of pear, apricots and prunes... that'll get things moving in no time! Stewed fruit freezes really well, adding a little bit of cinnamon can help regualte the rate of sugar absorbtion and is great for digestion. You can also use, mango, berries or banana.
I really like this combo as a daytime snack too.
Who doesnt love the feeling of a warm bowl of porridge? The consistency is a delight for babies. Did you know that many oat fields get cross contaminated with other grains? So although oats are gluten free, they usually contain some gluten from crops that are grown on farms adjacent to them. I always recommend buying Australian grown or organic oats.
I like to add a tablespoon of almond meal or soaked chia to Johnny's oats to ensure a little bit more protein.
4) Sardines on toast
This is a classic breakfast which has gone out of fashion but it needs to make a comeback!! Firstly sardines are delicious and secondly they are a major superfood for your baby's mind!! Sardines are the best fish to feed little people as they have very low storage of mercury, they have soft bones which are full of calcium and won't cause any chocking or pain when swallowing. Also they are WILD which means they eat sea vegetables rich in omega 3, they also contain iodine, vitamin D, selenium and B12... are you convinced yet?
When you buy sardines choose the fish packed in olive oil.
If your little person has dry skin or eczema I would be heading to the supermarket to get some sardines PRONTO!
5) Spouted Essene Toast
This is a dense loaf of bread available at most healthfood shops, found in the fridge.
Using Sprouted grains makes the bread easier to digest and actualy increases the vitamin content in the grain. They are preservative, sugar and salt free, and made with biodynamic Australian grown grains.
Pure Life bakery make a wide variety but my favorite is the date and walnut. Toasted with a bit of butter is just delicious! Gotta keep an eye out for large chunks of walnuts for the baby though!
I hope you have found this interesting and a little inspiring, I would love you to share your super breakfast ideas with me too!