Breakfast ideas for busy families
Is breakfast in your busy family one of the hardest meals of the day? Finding something to eat that is healthy, quick and tasty seems near impossible. Breakfast is such an important meal too. You want to get the kids full so they can have a good start to their day, and you need to be fuelled up to mama. You gotta have more than just a coffee to kick start your morning, or you'll be enjoying the work morning tea with a little more gusto than you should.
So, without slaving over a hot stove every morning - how on earth are you going to get everyone to eat? We've hunted down the easiest, quickest and most nutritious recipes on the internet so you don't have to stress about what's for breakfast ever again.
I love a chia pudding because you can make the chia ahead and then get the kids involved in the morning making a pudding they're going to enjoy. Because you know if they've made it, there's greater chance they're going to eat it. It's also super high in protein, so keeps me full all morning.
The best ratio I've found for chia pudding is
- 1/4 cup of chia seed to 1 cup of milk (of your choice)
Play around with your milk choice here. I love soy or coconut, but almond or cows milk is also tasty. Add a touch of maple syrup if you like and leave in the fridge overnight.
Then in the morning, spoon out your chia and get adding your delicious extras. Granola, yoghurt, nuts, fruits, seeds, even a few chocolate chips aren't an issue for your super fussy eaters. Pop the extras onto the kitchen bench when you first wake up and get the kids to add their own. Delicious!
I hated porridge as a kid - absolutely hated it! I found it tasteless and the texture really unappealing. Little did I know - my parents were just doing it wrong! Today, porridge is one of mine and my kids favourite breakfasts. It's my chilly morning go-t because it's packed with fibre and wholegrains andI can up the protein by adding chia seeds and LSA.
To prepare, at the start of the week mix together (serves one person for one week):
- 1 cup oats
- 1/4 cup chia seed
- 1/4 cup LSA mix
Each day you then cook your porridge to your preference. I like to cook in water and then add some soy milk to cool. Then like your chia puddings, each family member can add their own mix ins. My favourite are cacao and mixed berry, or apply & cinnamon. You can also add coconut or cacao to your weekly mix. Your favourite yoghurt is another way to add protein to this perfectly balanced breakfast.
Toast (but better)
Throw out your Vegemite and peanut butter. You want a nutritionally dense breakfast? Take your toast to the next level with high protein, high fibre toppings that taste great too.
One of my favourites is hummus. This kind of bleh dip from the supermarket becomes AH-MAZING when you make it yourself. I whip it up in my smoothie maker at home, but you can also use a food processor, stick mixer or blender.
- 400g tin of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1tbl spoon olive oil
- 2tsp smokey paprika
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4cup water
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