Healthy Family BrunchCatherine McCord
I’m sure everybody has had their fill of candies and sweet treats this week; I know we have in my house! Even this morning, the day after Valentine’s Day, my kids were asking for chocolate and candy and puff pastry berry hearts! To combat this eagerness for sweets, my husband and I have decided to throw a big family brunch tomorrow full of healthy options that are still fun and satisfying. Come take a peek at our weekend brunch menu and get some inspiration for planning your own!
We’re all big smoked salmon lovers in our house, and preparing it for a simple and beautiful breakfast is a wonderful way to pack awesome nutrients like Omega 3s into your diet. Just take the best bread you can find, top it with a smear of creme fraiche (or cream cheese or sour cream), layer on a piece of succulent smoked fish, and top it off with a snip of chives from the garden. We literally make this recipe every weekend and haven’t tired of it yet!
My husband is sort of the breakfast master these days and Kenya loves getting into the action as his Daddy’s sous chef. Many mornings I come down to the kitchen at the crack of dawn only to find the two of them partaking in their own little IHOP, and I have to say they’re giving me a run for my money. Blueberry, banana, strawberry, even raspberry pancakes — my boys have been on a roll. So, I set out to beat them at their own game. Or at least come up with something equally yummy.
Whole Wheat Oat Pancakes take no time to put together and it’s a perfect opportunity to let your kids help you cook: whisking and dumping the dry and wet ingredients into a bowl is great fun for them. I liked the idea of using oatmeal in these pancakes as they add great texture and flavor. Not only is the end result delicious, they’re also healthy and packed with nutritious ingredients that are the perfect start to a kid’s busy day!
You might think that little ones would be thrown by the idea of combining fruits and green veggies to make a smoothie, but I’m finding my kids experience to be the complete opposite. To them it seems totally natural (and when you think about it, why shouldn’t it?). They get a thrill out of coming up with new combinations every day, like this Berry Green Smoothie. If anyone in your family is spinach averse, they’ll never detect it in today’s recipe, a thick purple shake which tastes of sweet bananas and berries.
Berry Green Smoothie
2 cups packed spinach
2 cups frozen mixed berries
2 cups coconut water
1 large banana, mashed
1. Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.
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