Breakfast is a big deal in our house. I’m not sure why but it always has been: somewhere along the line I seem to have instil in my two the importance of eating a good healthy meal to start the day.
Well, at least in Huxley I have. He has a long-lasting passionate love affair with porridge and given the chance would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. However come breakfast time for the usually healthy Elfie it’s a battle to get her to eat anything that isn’t either a small hoop or shaped like a Frozen character and packed with sugar.
And then there’s me, who would literally choose marmite and butter on white toast over every single food in the whole wide world but, you know: WHEAT. Basically, three days into my Jan resolution not to drink booze or eat wheat and sugar and I feel like I deserve a place on the Queen’s New Years honours list. Why does everything that’s bad for you taste so good?
As a family we adore these American Pancakes with Maple Cooked Bacon but again: wheat! Sugar! Calories! And of course anything involving avocados is golden but who has time to always have a perfectly ripe avocado on hand? The mums who always do the school run with brushed hair, that’s who.
I rarely do the school run with brushed hair.
So I’m always looking for healthy breakfasts that we can enjoy together. Seriously, on the days we all sit down and eat the same thing for breakfast I feel like superwoman. Superwoman armed with a very palatable mixture of healthy breakfast foods.
Optiwell sent us some of their lovely yoghurt before Christmas and we’ve had great fun experimenting to make our breakfast times more fun, interesting and healthy.
Optiwell is a new kind of yoghurt drink in either Strawberry and Raspberry or Apricot and Peach flavours – yum (we like them both). With only 64 calories per 200ml serving, it’s low-fat, flavoured with real fruit juices and great for breakfast or as a quick snack.
One of my favourite ways to eat Optiwell is with a posh healthy cereal. It’s a super quick and simple breakfast to have when I’m home from the school run and really takes the stress out of the rush to put something healthy together. My favourite is the Straberry and Raspberry Optiwell over some Scrumshus granola or Mini Magoos Funstuff seeds and nut mix. Delicious, filling and healthy.
Elfie’s had hers over the dreaded Cheerios once or twice but this morning I mixed up a great smoothie for her and Hux. We added a handful of frozen berry mix to a big glug of Optiwell and voila! A super tasty icy, fruity and creamy breakfast treat.
As well as coming in a very convenient 1 litre bottles (which we use for breakfasts) there’s also the handy 330ml bottles, too. My two sometimes split one of these for a healthy pudding or they’re good for me as a snack to grab and go on my way out the door.
There are loads more healthy Optiwell recipes over on their site, or if you fancy more healthy breakfasts then check out some of these bad boys:
Big thanks go to Optiwell for supporting MTT.