I know it seems boring to eat the same thing for breakfast every day, but hear me out- it’s really the best thing ever. Not only do I not have to think about what to throw together when I can barely peel open my bleary eyes (I’m decidedly NOT a morning person), I also get in so much nutrition for my kids in one fell swoop. Vin usually makes this with my supervision too, so win-win there.
Chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds and walnuts are my non negotiable foods that I get into my kids diets EVERY single day. Why? Plant based omegas, calcium, other minerals, and brain boosting fats. That’s why I add them all to the morning porridge- because then I don’t have to worry about it later. It’s our whole food vitamin “supplement” for them, along with an after school fruit and veggie smoothie.
In one serving of this porridge (not even counting the fruit/optional extras), there’s: 73% fiber, 42% iron, 20% calcium, 50% zinc, 14% protein, and 7.2 grams of omega-3’s. PLANTS are everything.
The fat + fiber + carbs combo keeps tummies nice and full so they’re not hungry at school. Plus, it’s nice to get a warming meal in their belly in before they have to go outside on cold mornings.
We vary the toppings so every day is different and we never get bored:
-always a seasonal fruit or two: banana, berries, kiwi, mango, peach, apple, persimmon,prunes, plum, pear, etc
– sometimes add flavorings like almond or vanilla extract, cocoa powder, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, chai spice, turmeric, pumpkin purée
-sometimes cook with nut milk instead of water for a creamier porridge
– sometimes add nut butters: coconut, cashew, almond, peanut, chocolate hazelnut
-sometimes do 1/2 and 1/2 quinoa + oats
-always add a sweetener: chopped dates, golden raisins, stevia, maple syrup, molasses or raw Demerara sugar
vin’s super-seed breakfast porridge (2 large servings)
for the base:
1 cup oats
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
3 cups water or nut milk or both
for the toppings (per each bowl):
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
fruit of your choice
sweetener of your choice
Place the oats, chia, and coconut in a small pot. Whisk in the 3 cups water and bring to a boil while you whisk (so the chia doesn’t clump). Turn down to medium low and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until thick and chia seeds are plumped, about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and divide between 2 bowls. Top with your desired toppings and eat!