29 September 2013

Kids, greens, and grains...

If you're one of those moms who have kids that would rather NOT have a bowl of oatmeal in the morning, or, never have a bowl of oatmeal there is still a way to get those nutritious grains and greens into them with a little imagination.  I am sharing here the many different ways in which I get both of these un-favorites into my kids.  Do you have a favorite and creative way to encourage your children to eat healthy?  If so please share.

see how yummy this looks.  tastes yummy too.

I nearly always begin with yogurt and milk.  Depending on what I have it can be our raw milk, oat milk, hemp milk, rice, flax milk, or whatever liquid you prefer.  I never measure.  Just kind of watch the consistency.

At this point my imagination takes over.  For my grains it is mostly millet, barley, steel cut oats,  quinoa, or cracked spelt which is always presoaked in one cup water to one T. yogurt and one T. chia seed overnight in a glass jar. (can't forget the chia)  And my greens are mostly kale and spinach.  Normally I add one cup of grains and a handful of greens per blender load. After my yogurt, milk, grains, and greens are in the blender I add the following....

Banana,  honey, agave, or maple syrup for sweetener
peanut butter or almond butter
strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mango, and pineapple are our faves,  "or whatever fruit sounds good" I'm really bummed too because finding these fruits fresh is getting harder and harder with the change of season.  I prefer fresh but frozen works well too.
Once in a while I'll add a scoop of Raw Meal powder if meal time is going to be a while yet.  Ties them over real nice.

Blend and serve.  My kids love it.  And so do I knowing something healthy goes into them once in a while.


Ruby said...

Hello Tricia! That is some shake you are making!

Cinnamon said...

That looks yummy!

I always enjoy reading what you are eating :-)


Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I love oatmeal, but your breakfast sounds delicious!