I’ve been feeling like I need to apologize to the cute little Real Food Media blogroll on my sidebar. Every morning when I open my laptop I hear it sputter with excitement.
“What are we going to talk about today?,” it chirps. “New pumpkin pie porridge recipe? How to make yogurt?” It waits expectantly to announce today’s topic.
But for the past month or so, I can tell my chipper little blogroll has been getting depressed. “Oh, another one about your uterus. Yay,” it drolls. Today, it stopped working altogether. Not just on my site, but everywhere.
I can take a hint. Baby fever has taken over my blog.
I’m sorry little blogroll. Please come back. This post is for you . . . and for moms who want to feed their families a yummy, healthy breakfast and sleep 20 extra minutes in the morning.
Whip up this delightful breakfast bar on Sunday afternoon and smile. You’re done with breakfast for the week. One pan easily makes enough to feed our family (three adults and one toddler) for at least the workweek. By then we’re usually ready for something new, like buttermilk pancakes, so it works out well.* How much easier can it be?
Oatmeal (nourishing and frugal), pastured eggs (packed with omega 3′s and protein), coconut oil (healthy saturated fat) and fruit are a wonderful way to start the day. Since my days are currently starting at 4am, I need some *wonderful* right about then.
Note: Don’t be afraid to play with this recipe. I’ve used fresh fruit and other combinations (like dried mango with almond extract) and it’s all been scrumptious.
Visit Jenny, my culinary hero, over at Nourished Kitchen for the recipe
* If you’d prefer more variety you can freeze half and serve it every other day while alternating with other meals
Smoothies are so versatile. They’re great for hiding your toddlers supplements or masking the taste of certain veggies, but you don’t need a reason like that to start incorporating them into your morning routine.
Smoothies are quick, nutritious, portable , and kids love them. Below is a real food version of the SP Cleanse Smoothie I created for Daddypotamus. If you’re interested in finding more ways to boost the nutritional value of your morning smoothie, check out this article at Passionate Homemaking.
* 1/2 cup peaches
* 3/4 cup mango
* 1/4 cup banana
* 1/4 cup kefir, raw cream or full-fat coconut milk
* Water until desired consistency is reached.
* 2-3 egg yolks
Sauteed Swiss Chard
Some of your stomachs are probably already revolting at the idea, but greens are a fabulous breakfast. Plus, it’s a great way to get ahead on your veggie requirement for the day.
Quick Tip: Sautee with minced garlic in leftover pastured bacon grease or coconut oil. The healthy fats will help you absorb more of chard’s many antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
To Prepare: Mince garlic and set aside. Place oil on medium heat. When oil is ready, add garlic and chard. Sautee until wilted, or about 5 minutes.
Optional: Serve with a side of scrambled eggs from pastured hens to add extra protein to this fabulous, nutrient dense breakfast.