Healthy Breakfasts

It’s my favourite meal of the day!

Every 24 hours I look forward to the most wonderful meal to start us off. Seriously, I love breakfast. And though this post, in my opinion, could probably go on for days (explaining how many wonderful and interesting things you can eat for breakfast)  I will share just a few of my favourites as per request.

My main goal this past year has been to UP the protein and nutrients in our breakfasts in order to set our kids day right to start their school work (and to set Mama up with some energy!)

As I tend to lean towards gluten free and low sugar, my main concern is that the products I use are NON-GMO (that’s a whole other blog post to talk about!)

Here are a few of my go to breakies ………

PUMPKIN BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

1 Cup of gluten free flour (mix them if you wish – exp…. 1/2 C brown rice flour and 1/2 C coconut flour)

2 eggs

1/2 Cup of almond milk

1/2 Cup pure pumpkin puree

1/2 tsp cinnamon

splash of vanilla

1/2 Cup of frozen blueberries

  1. Mix all wet ingredients except the blueberries  2) Whisk in dry ingredients to avoid clumping.  3) Stir in blueberries.  4) Heat coconut oil in pan over medium heat.  5) Start pouring your pancake batter into pan to desired size.  6) Flip when they look golden.
  2. Serve warm with a dollop of full fat yogurt and real maple syrup

Yum!!  Kids loved them, and I know their tummies were filled with great ingredients.

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3 INGREDIENT PANCAKES 

1 cooked sweet potato mashed  or 2 mashed bananas (you choose one)

2 eggs

1 tsp of sucanat

Optional :  a dash of cinnamon

  1. Whisk together cooked sweet potato (or mashed bananas if using) with the eggs and sucanat. 2) Heat coconut oil in pan over medium heat.  3) Drop the mixture by heaping tablespoonful and cook for 3-5 mins.  4) Flip and cook another 3-5 mins.
  2. Serve with maple syrup and fruit!

 

Banana Cinnamon Oatmeal with Chia Seeds

3/4 Cup of organic oats

1 mashed banana

1 tsp cinnamon

  1. Cook oats according to package directions (may need more depending on size of your family)  2. Add mashed bananas, cinnamon and a spoonful of chia seeds. 3. Serve in dishes with a dollop of full fat yogurt and fruit of your choice.

 

There you have it …… just a few healthy breakfasts to start you off right!  Have a happy morning.

 

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Homemade Natural Sunscreen

Oxybenzone!!    Ahhhhhhh

I’ve been reading that this one word is NOT a good one. Apparently this ingredient is in a lot of store bought sunscreens.

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As I have been reading about protecting our skin, I chose to be creative and make our own sunblock. I thought it would be neat to do with the kids!

I totally believe in getting Vitamin D, and having a healthy exposure to the sun (in fact, everyone should have 10 minutes of UN-protected sun exposure each day)  but when we’re out for long periods of time in the summer, protection from burns is a great idea.

Here is my recipe:

  • 3/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Shea Butter (or another thick cream)
  • 2 Tbsp Zinc Oxide
  • 5 Drops of your favourite Essential Oil (for scent)

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I doubled this recipe for my big family!

Measure coconut oil, shea butter (or cream) in a mason jar.  Place a saucepan with 2 inches of water in it on stove over medium/low heat. Place jar in saucepan and stir contents until ingredients start to melt.  Once all ingredients are melted, add the zinc oxide and stir well to combine (We shook our jar a lot!)

Place in refrigerator for an hour, then store in a cool place.

And there you have it!  A moisturizing sun-block ….. toxin free!!

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Enjoy!  and have fun in the sun.