It is not uncommon for children to skip breakfast because they are rushing out the door for school or some simply don’t feel hungry first thing in the morning. Let’s be honest, it’s not uncommon for busy parents to skip breakfast either.
But let’s quickly look at why breakfast is so important.
When you sleep your body is taking a break from eating. You could say it has been fasting from food and drinks. This means when you wake, your blood sugar is low. Now blood sugar is needed for your muscles and brains to work their best.
Your sleep rests and resets your body. And breakfast literally breaks the fast your body has been on. When you skip breakfast, you are skipping giving your body an opportunity to refuel. This means you are not giving your muscles and brains the energy needed to help you be the best you can be.
I created this Breakfast Bliss Ball recipe because a teenage girl I am coaching with her family, as part of my Intimate VIP Family Coaching Experience, has been finding herself yawning in class. In working through this with her on our coaching call, we recognised she was skipping breakfast because she was running out of time before leaving for school.
These Breakfast Bliss Balls will allow her to grab some fuel quickly as she leaves the house and will help give her blood sugar the boost it needs to give her energy until she next eats at recess.
- 1 ripe banana (about 100g)
- 1 tbspn 100% peanut butter (you could use Tahini too)
- 40g almond meal
- 30g coconut flakes
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup of seeds (I used a mix of pepitas and sunflower seeds)
- 1 tspn cinnamon
- 3 medjool dates
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- Desiccated coconut for rolling (optional)
- Put all ingredients except cashews into a food processor
- Blitz or process until it starts to stick together
- Add the cashews and pulse a few times so the cashews are still a little chunky (if you’d prefer not to have them chunky, put them in at the start with everything else)
- Use an ice cream scoop or 1 big tbspn of mixture to make the balls
- Roll in some desiccated coconut if you wish
1-2 of the bliss balls will be sufficient to break the fast and boost the blood sugar to provide energy.
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