As you may know, I am the meal planner for Super Healthy Kids (Edit: As of Jan 2019 I am no longer with this amazing company. As they grew into more of a tech platform and built Prepear). and I am always finding great recipes to adjust to our standards. Recently, I picked up some children’s books with recipes for kids. One such recipe was a raw breakfast cereal but for me, after my personal tweaking, it has become my favorite anytime homemade cereal.
Let’s face it, aside from having children who are, what I call, selective eaters, we moms are always looking for good tasting clean food that is going to help us attain our personal fit best. Am I right? Not only that, we are also looking for ways to naturally boost our energy levels. But how many of us will unintentionally forget to eat breakfast or lunch, or both? I will be honest with you and raise my hand here, too. Yes, after rushing the kids and hubby off to school and work, with their bellies filled with a wholesome breakfast, I typically come back home to clean up, toss laundry in the washer and head up to my home office to start my day. At times, I will be on such a roll that I will realize after my stomach starts to yell, that I forgot about me!
Don’t be afraid of nutrient-dense calories.
I explain to my children that calories are our energy and that’s one thing we moms need to realize, too. Without food, we will very quickly become lethargic, maybe get a headache and if you are like me, become quite grouchy. Here is why this combination is so great:
fiber-keeps you feeling full longer, regular bowel movements
calories-energy, brain food
natural sugar-another source of energy
healthy fats-keeps you feeling full longer, great for nails, skin and hair
calcium-stronger bones and nails
Today was one such crazy day. After dropping the kids off from school, I did the switcheroo with the laundry, sent a few emails, went to workout, came home for a shower, got on a webinar…oops! Realized that I not only needed food for energy, I needed to recover from a workout. My first source of nutrition was a basic smoothie with coconut milk and French Vanilla Complete Drink Mix. After the 1 hour webinar I blended up this homemade cereal and was good to go until lunchtime. As a matter of fact, I also had it for lunch since I needed to get out the door for a few errands before grabbing the kids from school.
So remember moms, skipping a meal for any reason, is not a good idea. If you are choosing clean, minimally processed foods, you will be full of the energy needed to get through your busy day.
My Favorite Homemade Cereal
- ⅓ cup old fashion oats
- ¼ cup walnuts
- 1 teaspoon coconut flakes unsweetened
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup almond milk or milk beverage of choice
- 1 cup fresh fruit
- Toss oats, walnuts (or pecans, almonds), coconut oil, pitted dates, coconut flakes and cinnamon to a blender.
- Pulse a few times until it becomes slightly blended. I like to leave chunks since I like textures.
- Serve in a bowl topped with some milk and fresh fruit.