Brain Boosting Breakfasts For Your Baby

Brain Boosting Breakfasts For Your Baby

#babyjake’s breakfast of Purple Oats packs a mean nutritional punch.  Does your baba’s breakfast do the same?

Jakey’s Purple Oats

When I first made this, I thought it was the coolest mom invention ever… and my heart smiled.  Because I could just envision my future little toddler standing in the kitchen with me, saying “Jakey want Purple Oats for breakfast”.  (I have subsequently discovered that Purple Oatmeal is plastered all over Pinterest… but I discovered this one on my own).

Ingredients:

  • Good old fashioned Jungle Oats (The real deal. Not flavoured or instant)
  • Frozen Blueberries (Woolies)
  • Banana
  • 4-6 Almonds
  • Yoghurt (I like to use the Woolies individual tubs of double cream plain)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Flaxseeds (see note below)

In a small saucepan, I cook about 3 heaped TBS of oats.  I slice and throw in a banana, a handful of frozen blueberries, and cover with a little water.  Let it simmer for 5-7 minutes till the oats swell, and the blueberries burst.  While it’s cooking, I grind the almonds in a pestle and mortar, you can also just throw them in whole when you puree / blend the mixture, but depending on the strength of your blender’s motor, it may leave some chunky pieces of nuts). Stir in some yoghurt.  Sprinkle with ground flaxseeds. And feed your happy baby this nutritious homemade baby porridge.

This takes all of 5 -10 minutes to prepare in total.

Now that Jake (9 months) is able to eat chunkier food, I follow the same process above, but no blending.

Tip: Because the ingredients are all cooked, you can store this in the fridge over 2 (maybe 3) days.  Add the yogurt / flaxseeds from fresh each time.  And there’s breakfast for half the week! (The oats will congeal quite a bit once cooled, but give it a good stir, heat it up a tad (microwave), stir in the yogurt / flaxseeds and you’re sorted).

About Flaxseeds (aka Linseeds) :  You need to give GROUND flaxseeds to your little one.  I wanted to just chuck them in whole.  But alas, the seeds will just pass straight through their little teeny tiny digestive system, and baby will lose out on all the nutrients.

So there I was, pestle and mortar in hand.  Not a chance in hell I’ll be doing that again. It took way too freaking long to produce one lonely teaspoon. (You could also try grind them in a coffee grinder, this method proves to be successful).  But I tracked down some ready ground flaxseeds from Fresh Earth for 60 ZAR (plus they deliver).  The whole seeds that you need to manually grind can be bought from Woolies or any health store.  Once ground, store in an airtight container in the fridge to prevent the seed’s oil from going rancid.  Don’t give more than 1 (max 2) tsps of flax per serving, as it’s a natural laxative and may cause cramps.  But on that note, flax is a great assistant for the relief of constipation.

Peanut Butter Berry Oat Bran

Jake can’t swallow this concoction fast enough! He literally devours it.

Ingredients:

  • Banana
  • Pawpaw
  • Fresh Raspberries
  • Yoghurt
  • Organic unsweetened peanut butter
  • Raw Oat Bran

Take a banana, throw in some pawpaw, a handful of fresh raspberries, about 1-2 TBS of oat bran (raw), a small blob of organic unsweetened peanut butter, some yoghurt to bind it all and then mash it with a fork.

SO WHY EXACTLY AM I FEEDING #BABYJAKE ALL THIS STUFF? HERE’S SOME BABY FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

Flaxseeds (aka Linseeds) will literally build your baby’s brain (a fact that I have verified through the Harvard School of Public Health).  And I read one crazy stat that actually places flaxseeds at the top of the Omega-3 source list.  Nappy changing time just got a whole lot easier, because these teeny tiny seeds are high in fibre.  The answer to perfect, neat and clean little baby poos.

Oats are less constipating than rice cereal and have been known to boost the immune system’s response to bacterial infection.  Now that’s a perk for the winter flu season. And remember, old school oats, not instant.

Raw oat bran is insanely high in fibre and helps lower cholesterol (yes, children can have high cholesterol too).  It also adds a nice texture, which is NB for tactile and chewing development.

Almonds are ranked as the ultimate tree nut in terms of their powerful nutritional value.  They provide protein, vitamin E and calcium and help protect cell membranes against damage.

Berries have one of the highest antioxidant capacities of all fruits/veggies. They literally protect the cells in your little one’s body from damage and disease, and have been known to reduce the likelihood of allergies.  The best part: frozen berries are as nutritional as fresh.  So you can give them to your baba year round.

Bananas keep your baba’s heart healthy thanks to their high potassium content.  They also provide vitamin B6 – essential for brain development.  But remember, if the little one is constipated, give banana a miss for a day or two.  And always use ripe ones, as bananas that are on the raw side cause constipation.

Peanut Butter gets a bad rap for being high in calories… but it’s actually a fairly decent source of protein and some other vitamins.  Be sure to use Organic peanut butter, made with 100% peanuts, and no added ingredients.

Yoghurt contains lactic acid, which boosts the immune system and kills off intestinal bacteria. It’s also a source of protein that is easily digested by little tummies.

Pawpaw is packed with Vitamin C and Vitamin A, both of which are needed for the proper function of a healthy immune system.  Frequently consuming pawpaw can help to prevent recurrent ear infections, colds and flu. And the Vitamin A is needed for healthy eyes (even more so than carrots!).

And the cherry on top… there is endless research that claims that the above foods protect the body from cancer-causing cell damage.

So there you have it, give your baba a boost with #babyjake’s best breakfasts.

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