Feeding kids salad can be hard. For a reason that is beyond me, kids do not naturally love dark leafy greens, and as soon as they get a taste of simple carbs and sugar, it becomes very hard to offer something ‘green’ in its place.
I make very densely nutritious food at home and believe in the power of a Plant Based diet for kids. Why? Read my latest Blog here to find out.
Due to this, I’ve done my best to make Salad a breakfast meal, and am having some success. This hasn’t been that easy, however, as my kids do LOVE pancakes, and the like. They may be made from sprouted-fermented-ancient grains that are dairy and oil free, but they are carbs and syrup (sugar) heavy. Sometimes we have whipped coconut cream, and the crowd goes nuts!
It seems clear that our minds reward our bodies when we get simple carbs and sugar. Our minds recognise that these quick calories are immediate fuel and we’re happy. The problem becomes amplified when this happens everyday, and at most meals. Simple carbs, fat and sugar make us fat and sick. See the above link to my blog if you have any doubt about this.
So for us, ‘healthy’ pancakes are a once in a while food. Eggs, by the way, rarely happen, and never at home. The minimum recommended allowance from the American Heart Association is 1 egg per day for a healthy adult, and this only addresses the risk of heart disease. Other than convenience, there isn’t a healthy reason to eat eggs.
The best possible healthy breakfast foods are veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, beans, whole grains and water. Because of this we try and eat salad for breakfast on most days.
This breakfast consists of:
1 350ml cup of green smoothie (but I make 1.5 litre for 4 people):
- 2 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 2 cups of kale or spinach
- 3 tbs Udos Oil
- 3 tbs ground flax seed
- 3 whole dates (pitted)
- 1 tsp maca
- 1 thumb ginger
- 1 thumb tumeric
- 2 to 3 cups water
Mix in Vitamix at smoothie setting
Salad, a collection of veggie type things on a plate
- Cashew Cream
- Cut up apple
- 1/2 cup spinach with balsamic and EVOO drizzle
- A few pickles or any fermented veggies
- Cauliflower mash
- Roasted cauliflower in the vitamix with garlic and salt
- 1 tbs walnuts
- not included in the pictures, but common in this breakfast, is any other roasted veg and a bean spread
WTF? My kid won’t eat this!
I completely understand that YOU believe that your kids won’t eat this breakfast, however, humans are quite good at survival and will eat what they need to continue to live. This is the point that must be made to help kids eat better: if you do not want your kids to eat healthy food for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks, then they won’t.
This breakfast may seem too extreme to many, but with an adjustment of mindset, you just might be pleasantly surprised. My kids know that they are full and happy when they go to school and this breakfast gets them to snack time without an issue.
The reason that I suggest this breakfast is that it’s basically left overs. If you eat a lot of veg, and make excess, then you will have ingredients like these in your fridge. A quick warm in the oven, a few fresh bits chopped up, and breakfast is served.