Most mornings we are all rushing about, trying to get fed, dressed and out the door with minimal fuss. On such mornings, smoothies such as this one are ideal to make the night before, store in a jar and simply shake, pour and drink quickly.
However, for the mornings we don’t have to be anywhere in a hurry, I think it’s really important for myself and the kids to enjoy a breakfast that encourages us to slow down and savour every texture and flavour. The only obstacle I face with such a breakfast, is that two hungry little beasts spring to life the minute they open their eyes in the morning, racing to the fridge to demand instant food to fill empty bellies.
That’s where jars come in handy for more than just smoothies. They are cheap or free and easy to source, recyclable, free from hormone altering chemicals often found in plastics and best of all, they store food really well.
Here are some yummy, filling, nutritious ideas for a slow breakfast in a jar:
APPLE AND WALNUT PARFAIT
1 apple, chopped (I used a pink lady)
1/2 cup of walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
* 4 dessert spoons Greek/natural yoghurt.
** fresh/frozen berries
* For a dairy free version try coconut milk/cream/yoghurt -delicious!
Note: I like my nuts and seeds to remain slightly crunchy so I tend to keep the yoghurt separate – either as a base, followed by the chopped apple and topped with the cinnamon, nuts and seeds, or on top to finish. On top is great as by morning, just enough yoghurt has dribbled down through the rest to moisten the chia seeds and create that gelatinous pudding effect.
This breakfast is packed full of protein, heart healthy omega 3’s, nourishing fats, vitamins and immune boosting gut friendly bacteria. What a great way to start the day!
APPLE BERRY PARFAIT
Note: These are kid friendly portions or a perfect adult’s morning tea.
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 a pink lady apple, chopped
A small sprinkle of almond meal, cinnamon and chia seeds
* 2 heaped dessert spoons full fat strawberry yoghurt. (Jalna is a brand I’d happily recommend but just try and choose a yoghurt your kids love that is preferably low in sugar and contains good bacteria.)
* OR, 2 heaped dessert spoons natural yoghurt with a tsp of raw local honey.
Hopefully the sun is shining where you are because these would be lovely eaten outside on a warm spring or summer morning.