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4 quick and nutritious breakfasts on the go

Many people have an aversion to food in the morning and simply skip breakfast. This can be a sign you are eating the wrong foods for you, or your digestive system needs a kick start in the morning.

For children breakfast is especially important. It is necessary to fuel their bodies for play and their brains for learning.

If your child is struggling with concentrating in the classroom a nutritious breakfast can improve their attention.

An ideal breakfast will include good quaintly fats and protein and should sustain your child through the morning.

Breakfast doesn’t need to be complicated or time consuming. Breakfast in our house consists of meals prepared ahead of time or quick breakfasts that are transportable for early morning starts.

Smoothies

You don’t need to measure anything exactly when making smoothies. Frozen fruits works best. Freeze your over-ripe bananas so you always have a supply ready.

1 small frozen banana

1 handful of frozen berries

1 handful of cashew nuts

1 tablespoon of flaxseed

1 - 2 teaspoons of cacao

1 - 2 cups of water

2 tablespoons of protein powder (optional)

Blend until smooth and pour into a glass jar or drink bottle for an easy breakfast on the go. If your bananas and berries are not frozen add some ice to keep the smoothie cold.

Eggs

An egg takes 3-5 minutes to boil or scramble. Serve with a slice of sourdough toast spread with grass fed butter to boost satiety.

Eggs are packed with good fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. They are particularly high in choline that we need for healthy brain development, muscle movement, and our nervous system and energy metabolism. This makes eggs an ideal breakfast for children and adults.

If you need a breakfast on the run, hard boiled eggs prepared the night before are a convenient option.

Baked beans

Just heat and eat. Pop in a thermos for a breakfast on the go. They are the ultimate convenience food. High in protein, complex carbohydrates and fibre. Ideally add a side of avocado, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil or top with an egg too boost good fats.

Choose BPA free tins and low salt options where available.

Yogurt breakfast bowl

Add the following to a bowl, jar or thermos.

1 sliced banana

½ a handful of fresh or frozen berries

3 - 5 tablespoons of full fat, organic yoghurt (dairy or coconut)

1 teaspoon of flaxseed

1 teaspoon of cacao nibs (for a delicious chocolate crunch)

1- 2 tablespoons of granola or raw nuts

Drizzle with raw honey, maple syrup or sprinkle with cinnamon (optional)

These can be made ahead and stored in the fridge or freezer. They also make a delicious and filling morning snack.

Enjoy!


Jean Jarrett is a nutritionist and naturopath. You can find more recipes and blogs on her website Jeanjarrettnaturopath.com.au. Consultations are available at Elemental Health in St. Ives, or via video conference. For more information see her website or email info@jeanjarrettnaturopath.com.au