Goat Milk Smoothie Breakfast Bowl
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For a lot of kids, breakfast is their best meal of the day. They're actually hungry since enough time has lapsed since dinner the night before, and a good night's sleep helps kids focus getting through that first meal.
I love breakfast because it's a fresh start to a new day...but I also tend to burn out on on our standard go-to breakfast foods. And as much as I wish I had my act together the night before to prep breakfast for the next day, it just doesn't always happen that way.
So I'm always on the lookout for easy breakfast ideas that I can put together quickly for a lot of kids (7 at this point...5 of whom eat solid foods :) ...which is why I was excited to collaborate with Kabrita USA on a new breakfast recipe for their forthcoming cookbook.
I previously wrote about our experiment with Kabrita's Goat Milk Toddler Formula for my son Charlie's eczema and gut stuff - and you can read that blog post here. Charlie's skin and stomach probs have pretty much resolved, but I got in the habit of using Kabrita's goat milk toddler formula in various recipes for the kids at home and I love it!
My Failproof Breakfast Formula
When I'm putting together meals for my family, I try to come up with recipes that everyone will enjoy....because mama ain't got time to short-order cook for picky or preferential eaters at home, sorry!
As a busy working mom, I want something quick and easy. But as a dietitian I also focus on making sure each meal has a good combo of protein, carb and fat plus a few servings of fruit and vegetables and dairy in there too.
So for me, a GOOD BREAKFAST = PROTEIN + CARB + FAT + FRUIT/VEG + DAIRY. It sounds like a tall order, but it's actually not that hard to do...and smoothie bowls have become a household staple for breakfast because they easily help me link together all of those components.
With a smoothie bowl, I can use up leftover pre-cooked whole grains that might already be in the fridge as well as frozen or even fresh fruit that's about to turn. To fill in the protein piece of the puzzle and also provide dairy nutrition, I use Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula as a protein powder in my family's smoothies (...which I can usually get Molly to help me make).
My Go-To Power Powder: Goat Milk Formula
So why the goat milk as a power powder you ask? Well for one, I like that Kabrita's goat milk toddler formula is fortified with 22 vitamins and minerals, including folic acid, vitamin B12, iron, vitamin D and DHA.
But it's really the iron that does it for me. Toddlers age 1-3 years old need 7 mg iron per day, and 100 calories of Kabrita provides 2 mg iron - an impressive amount and an important source - especially considering that as a family we're trying to eat less meat (which is where we usually get our iron).
When you combine the iron in the goat milk powder with the vitamin C that is naturally found in fruit - it's a match made in heaven. That's because vitamin C enhances iron absorption, basically making your body absorb more of this important mineral that kids need for their continued growth and brain development.
But it's not just the nutrition benefit that gets me with the goat milk. Kabrita is naturally easy to digest goat's milk formula made with non-GMO, pasteurized, Dutch goat milk that is also gentle on tiny tummies. Goat milk protein is broken down faster than cow milk protein by digestive enzymes, so it helps produce a smaller, softer and looser curd compared to cow milk protein...an important consideration if you have little ones with sensitive guts.
Goat Milk Smoothie Breakfast Bowl Recipe
Below is my newest smoothie breakfast bowl recipe that I hope your family will love as much as mine does. And if you can get your kids to help you make it with you too, even better!
Goat Milk Smoothie Breakfast Bowl Recipe
Smoothie bowls are a great way to start your day. Build a foundation with a cooked whole grain - I used bulgur (cracked wheat) since it's what I had on hand, but you could also incorporate cooked quinoa or leftover cooked oatmeal. Line your bowl with cut fruit, build in the whole grain and then top with the Kabrita goat milk smoothie and sprinkle with a crunchy topping.
It's a nutritionally complete breakfast that both the kids and the adults in your house will love because it tastes great and combines some fun textures too.
Yield: 4 Breakfast Bowls
- 2 cups frozen strawberries (or other frozen berry)
- 1 ripe banana
- 16 unpacked level scoops Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula powder
- 8 fluid ounces (1 cup water)
- Juice from 3 oranges (or about 1 cup orange juice)
Breakfast Bowl Ingredients
- 1 cup cooked bulgur (made from about 6 Tbsp dry bulgur)
- 2 kiwifruits, peeled and sliced
- 12 cup raspberries
- 1/4 cup granola or other crunchy cereal
To make the smoothie, combine all smoothie ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
To assemble the breakfast bowl, line glass bowl with kiwi slices, add cooked bulgur, ¼ of prepared smoothie and top with raspberries. Sprinkle with granola and serve.
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