Introducing the Brainy Breakfast Cookbook (Featuring 3 Grounded & Surrounded Recipes!)

Blogging has brought so many wonderful new friends into my life.

Trisha from Intoxicated on Life is one of them.

When she asked me to participate in a new cookbook she was creating I was ecstatic! Well to be completely honest…I was a little excited and a lotta nervous.

Could I really come up with 3 amazing recipes that would be good enough to be featured in the Brainy Breakfast’s Cookbook?

If you are on a journey towards healthy eating, grab a copy of Brainy Breakfasts: Over 40 Grain-Free, Brain-Fueling Breakfasts for Kids and Their Parents. This cookbook is filled with grain-free (most are Paleo compliant) recipes that will delight your taste buds and fuel your brain. All the recipes are delicious, simple, and most importantly, kid-friendly. Each recipe contains at least one clean eating superfood!
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By:  Sammi Ricke

Are you the parent that wants to feed your kids a healthy breakfast, but you don’t know where to start? Maybe your kids eat way too much sugar-laden cereals, pop tarts, and toast.

Or maybe you already do feed your kids a healthy breakfast without much sugar, but they are getting tired of the same ole’, same ole’ day after day. Are you stuck in a rut?

If you are on a journey towards healthy eating, grab a copy of Brainy Breakfasts: Over 40 Grain-Free, Brain-Fueling Breakfasts for Kids and Their Parents. This cookbook is filled with grain-free recipes that will delight your taste buds and fuel your brain.

All the recipes are delicious, grain-free, and most importantly, kid-friendly.

After a lot of thought and trial runs, I decided to include my Apple Cereal recipe and create a delicious Apple Butter N’Oatmeal and Mint Chip Smoothie for the cookbook.

I am excited to share the highlights of all three recipes with you today.

Apple Cereal

This clean eating little gem is perfect for breakfast, dessert, or a snack. You literally feel like you are eating cereal with the crunchy apples and seeds but it is completely healthy and flavorful! Use whatever nuts, seeds, or milk that you have on hand but be sure to measure so you don't over-indulge in the seeds or nuts. Grain-Free, Sugar-Free, & Paleo friendly. Brainy Breakfasts

The Apple Cereal recipe is a simple mixture of fresh apples, nuts, seeds, and almond milk.

This will quickly become your go-to snack after you experience the texture and flavor of this recipe. The great thing is, you can substitute any “superfoods” you have on hand!

Apple Butter N’Oatmeal

We are bringing on fall with this grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free Baked Apple Butter N'Oatmeal! This whole food, clean eating, and Paleo breakfast is warm, comforting and delicious! You will love this easy and healthy breakfast or brunch recipe that resembles a typical baked oatmeal, yet has a bread pudding like texture. I love to top mine with pecans and add a splash of almond milk. You can find the recipe in the Brainy Breakfasts Cookbook!

There is nothing better than homemade apple butter so I knew an Apple Butter N’Oatmeal would be just the recipe to feed your kids on a cold winter day.

This fakeout oatmeal is made with quinoa and coconut flour instead of oatmeal and packed with brain-fueling foods such as pumpkin and ground flaxseed. I love to pour a splash of milk on top and a few pecans before I dig in.

Nutritious Mint Chip Smoothie

Nutritious Mint Chip Smoothie With spinach, ground flax seed, and hemp (or chia) seeds. This is your meal replacement for breakfast - lunch - or dinner! Add a protein punch with Greek yogurt and the subtle sweetness of raw local honey and banana. This shake is a powerful combination of super foods. Try this recipe if you are craving ice cream but are looking for weight loss or diet recipes to quench those cravings!

This Nutritious Mint Chip Smoothie recipe is simply out of this world! It tastes just like it’s alter ego, Mint Chip Ice Cream, yet doesn’t contain loads of refined sugar.

Spinach, plain Greek yogurt, honey, and a few chocolate chips combine to make a shake worthy of praise! It’s light, yet hearty, and feels every bit as indulgent as the ice cream, but full of superfoods.

Brainy Breakfasts Cookbook -  Over 40 Grain-free, Brain-fueling breakfast ideas for kids and their parents!

Research says breakfast is an important meal, especially for our kids who have developing brains. The literature on what types of foods are most important really isn’t all that complex. This topic can be summed up quite concisely:

  • Breakfast-eaters consistently academically out-perform non-breakfast-eaters.
  • High-carb breakfast content negatively impacts test scores.
  • Lack of protein in breakfast correlates with low school performance.
  • The most important components of a breakfast that supports brain function and neurotransmitter activity include: protein, fat, B vitamins, iron, choline, and antioxidants.

    The vision behind Brainy Breakfasts was to create a resource you can use to make delicious, brain-fueling breakfast options for your family. 

We collaborated with several other bloggers to create recipes that fit these criteria. These recipes include nourishing ingredients like eggs, walnuts, coconut, spinach, and more “brainy” foods! All 40 recipes are gluten and grain-free and full of “brainy foods” such as flaxseed, coconut, spinach, and fruits/veggies, or nuts.

You will find egg dishes, homemade cereals, baked goods, waffles, donuts, and pancakes, smoothies, and many other fun breakfast options!

Brainy Breakfasts is a beautiful full-color digital book that includes printable recipe cards and an easy-to-print black & white PDF version to keep in your kitchen drawer. You are sure to find some recipes even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy!

So, are you ready to start incorporating healthy ingredients into your own breakfast routines?

Click Here to Get Your Copy Now!

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This cookbook aligns perfectly with our Whole Food Family mission. We believe that by adding at least one more whole food to your meals will impact the health of your family in BIG ways.

My hope is that we can all “take back breakfast” and start serving our families more whole foods at the beginning of the day. What does that look like you may ask? CLICK HERE to find examples and recipe ideas. 

What’s your biggest breakfast battle?  Let’s chat about it in the comments.

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About Sammi Ricke

Sammi Ricke is a talented cook with a knack for coming up with creative new ways to healthify recipes without sacrificing any of the flavor. Sammi has built a beautiful life with her high school sweetheart and enjoys her primary role as a stay-at-home mom to their two children. If Sammi's not in her kitchen, she's probably exploring a new hiking trail, enjoying coffee with a friend, or binge-watching the latest "Food Network" show on Netflix. Sammi's full Bio.