A very exciting guest blog here from upcoming parenting food blogger, Kelly May Armstrong! Her mission for her blog, weaningthenation.com, is simple, to create recipes that are wholesome, nutritional and healthy for little ones to enjoy.
One of my NCT friends recommended Kelly’s website to the rest of our NCT group. After looking her up and enjoying a few of her recipes for Henry, I couldn’t help but contact her to see if she would be interested in featuring on Flamingo Monroe! We even use the same WordPress blog theme so we are clearly destined to work together haha! 🙂
I’m delighted she said yes, and even better she is going to provide us with a mini series of three exclusive recipes, the first one featured below.
This follows on well from my last post, about our weaning experience with Henry. I’ve received lots of advice and feedback which is always really appreciated – so thank you everyone for reading and for your comments and messages!
And thus I think inspiration from any fellow parent is useful when it comes to weaning and introducing our babies to food, so I hope you enjoy our mini series from Kelly, starting with this super yummy breakfast option. More than just a recipe blog post, Kelly talks us through the health benefits of her ingredients and why she started blogging…
“Hello, my name is Kelly, I am a Mummy who lives and works in London and in my spare time I run a healthy family food blog called “Weaning the Nation”. I am super excited to be collaborating with Flamingo Monroe as a guest blogger on this mini series of nutritional family recipes for weaning and beyond.
This first post contains a breakfast recipe for Chia seed and Oat pudding with Berry compote. Suitable for babies from 6 months this breakfast is packed with nutrients and takes hardly any time to make. Recipes can’t really get any simpler than this – scroll down and take a look at the method below.
Chia seeds are pretty big on the healthy eating scene for a good reason – they are loaded with a huge amount of nutritional compounds such as Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fibre and calcium. The compote contains no added sugar and is a yummy and nutritious way to flavour the pudding without resorting to conventional sugary shop-bought jams. You can make this breakfast super interesting and luxurious with a topping of fresh berries and a handful of homemade granola. Yum!
As a mummy I chose to raise my daughter on real food from the start in the hope that she will embrace a lifetime of healthy eating. I am so happy with our decision to cut out refined sugar and processed food that I created my blog to document our journey, share recipe ideas and most importantly to connect with other parents who are also interested in adopting a whole food lifestyle and who share our passion for raising their little ones on a healthy diet.
I hope you enjoy this breakfast recipe that I have created for Flamingo Monroe as much as I do.
Keep your eyes open for the second installment of our mini-series which will contain a simple healthy lunch recipe and some musings on baby led weaning (BLW).
Chia seed and Oat pudding with Berry compote: Recipe by “Weaning the Nation” – Wholefood recipes for the Whole Family
The chia seeds and oats take a while to take on the moisture of the surrounding liquid and form a sticky pudding consistency so it is best to leave them overnight. I make the pudding and compote on an evening and leave in the fridge in sealed containers ready to be served in the morning and I recommend that you do the same.
Ingredients (Makes 4 adult portions, or 2 adult and 4 baby portions)
For the Compote:
150g or a heaped cup Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
150g raspberries or a heaped cup Raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1 tablespoon Lemon juice
1 tablespoon Maple syrup
For the Chia and Oat pudding:
60g or ⅓ cup Chia seeds
45g or ½ cup Oats
500ml or 2 cups Milk (either cow’s milk or your favourite plant based alternative)
For the compote:
Add all the ingredients for the compote into a small saucepan and apply medium heat for 15 min stirring occasionally as the fruit breaks down.
Pour into a container where the mixture will thicken as it cools. Pop the lid on and store in the fridge overnight.
For the Chia and Oat Pudding
Pour the ingredients into a container. Give it a good stir and leave in the fridge overnight.
Then serve as you wish!
Topped with granola and additional berries gives it another dimension of texture to enjoy and the optional layering is a minute’s effort but makes it looks fun and appealing for the little ones to tuck in to. 🙂
This flamingo’s review: Kelly’s site, weaningthenation.com includes baby led options, as well as ideas that are outside the box and away from conventional recipes we are all so used to and bored of already. She explores different flavours, textures and includes some great baby led options – offering fantastic inspiration for any parent wanting ideas to allow babies to enjoy food. Her Simple Baby Frittatas are a big hit with Henry!
If you try this recipe out please do send us photos and let us know if your children enjoyed it.
Stayed tuned for two more exclusive recipes from Weaning The Nation.