My kitchen shelves have been channeling their inner Seinfeld. They're full of breakfast cereal. It's all my kids want to eat. And I'm a fan, too. It was hard for me to drop my cereal habit but I finally had until last summer when we were living out of a tiny cottage while renovating our new home. We moved, and the cereal came with us.
We've tried eggs, homemade pancakes, toast, and smoothies, but my kids want their breakfast in a bowl. I want them to start their days with full bellies that will give them sustenance until their first break which means introducing more protein into their weekday morning meal. For a healthier breakfast, the cereal has got to go.
They enjoy the matcha granola bowls whenever I make them, especially when they choose their toppings. So I decided that I needed to find more ways to create kid-friendly protein breakfast bowls using Gay Lea's Nordica Cottage Cheese with its 15g of protein for every 1/2 cup. The cottage cheese is also gluten-free and nut-free!
The main requirements for the breakfast bowl are being simple enough to organize that I'd stick to serving them, easy for my kids to top while I make their lunches, and full of fresh ingredients. I'm all about creating ease in my life, so I looked into my kitchen for ingredients we already had to make what seems too easy to be called breakfast recipes.
The Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl
makes one serving
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese, for protein
- Pumpkin seeds, our healthy fat
- Fresh fruits, for sweetness
- Granola, for crunch
A splash of honey or maple syrup can help your child get accustomed to the taste of the cottage cheese if they are used to already sweetened yoghurts.
The Basic Green Smoothie Breakfast Bowl
makes two servings
- 2 cups spinach
- One banana (frozen, if possible)
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup frozen mangos
- 1-2 teaspoons hemp or chia seeds
The trick to making the smoothie bowl just right is to make it a bit thicker than you would if you were slurping through a straw. The cottage cheese helps, but adding less liquid than usual is essential for a thicker substance. I look to this green smoothie cheat sheet to keep smoothies interesting.
Raid your pantry and fridge for more topping options. Some of my family's favourites are pomegranate, apple slices, mango, pineapple, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, peaches, dates, apricots, and dried cranberries. These kid-friendly breakfast bowls are an excellent way to use up fruit before it goes bad. And if you can just can't resist the cereal, add a sprinkle for crunch or better yet, steal my granola recipe for yourself.
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