How to Make Yummy, Easy, Healthy Breakfasts for Your Kids: Green Pancakes and Waffles!
When we’re pregnant, we’re often focused on how we’re going to get the baby out.
As new moms, often our biggest problem is sleep.
But after that, and maybe until they’re 17, one of the biggest questions we have to answer is: “How can I make healthy meals that my child will actually eat?”
One of my primary food goals every day is to get something green and as close to alive as possible into my daughter’s body (and mine).
Chlorophyll is close in molecular structure to hemoglobin so it’s as if you’re providing pure prana (life force, or breath). It’s the intelligent of the plant that turns sun into energy, and can wake up the intelligence in our own cells and cravings.
Live greens are best, because it comes with all the enzymes your body needs to break it down and extract the nutrients.
But lightly cooked greens (that are dipped in maple syrup) are fantastic, and you know they’ll gobble them up!
Green pancakes are an easy way to get simple, nutritious ingredients into your little one’s mouth first thing in the morning, and you get to start out your day with a feeling of accomplishment.
My daughter thinks daddy’s white waffles are strange looking – she loves her green waffles and pancakes.
These recipes are wheat free and dairy free. Yes, my daughter eats bread and yogurt. But I figure she gets so much of those things (and, in my experience, they cause mucus) that I use other wonderful ingredients when I can substitute.
Green Pancakes and Waffles
1 cup of non-wheat flour
1 cup coconut water, almond milk (a handful of raw almonds and some water in a blender and you’ve avoided all the processing that comes with buying a box), or any liquid including water
1/8 cup oil (You can skip this for pancakes, but you need it for waffles. I use flax oil for all the omega 3′s, but grapeseed, canola or anything will do – just don’t use coconut because it will harden when you refrigerate the jar!)
1 handful of greens (kale or spinach work great)
a few sprinkles of cinnamon
Put flours, eggs, and oil into a mixing bowl. In a blender put the banana, the kale, and the liquid. Blend.
Add to bowl. Sprinkle cinnamon. Mix.
For pancakes, pour into fun shapes on a hot pan
For waffles, pour into a hot waffle iron
Pour the rest of the batter into a jar – it’s good for about 4 days
Top with maple syrup or nut butter mixed with honey. Enjoy!