Monday, May 25, 2009

Baby breakfast

I hope you are all enjoying a break in the rain - its been quite warm out there today - perfect weather for a jog in the park!

So, I am forever talking about the benefits of a great breakfast and a few email recently flew around from my own mothers group about what was a good breakfast for our little ones. Marley is often happy with Weetbix and banana but I truly believe both for ourselves and our babies that oats make a great staple.

Check the recipes below for something a little different to tempt your baby in the morning - you may need to make extra for yourselves. For those who recognise them - yes they are straight from the wonderful Annabel Karmel cookbooks and are perfect for these cooler mornings.

My Favorite Porridge

150ml Milk

15g Porridge oats
6 dried apricots
1 large ripe pear pealed

Put the milk, porridge and chopped oats into a small saucepan, bring to the boil then simmer stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Puree with the chopped pear using a hand blender.


Apple, pear and prunes with oats

2 tbsp porrdige oats
4tbsp unsweetended apple juice
2 tbsp water
1 small apple (sweet like pink lady) - peeled, cored, chopped
2 stoned prunes
1 small ripe pear - peelend cored chopped

Put oats, apple juice and water in saucepan, bring to boil and simmer for two mins. Add the apple, prunes and pear, cover with a lid and simmer for three minutes stirring occasionally. Puree to the desired consistency.

If you are making these meals for yourself its always a good idea to stir in some unflavored protein powder or some protein rich ground nuts or seeds - I enjoy group flaxseed personally.

Remember a great breakfast kickstarts your metabolism and sets you up for the rest of the day - Enjoy!

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