Get the school morning started right with a brain booster milkshake. Full of protein, vitamins and minerals it will keep your kids going all day.
School mornings can be hard. Get breakfast on the table. Feed the baby. Brush everyone’s teeth. Find shoes and backpacks.
You do your best to prepare and have things go smoothly. But even with good planning it is tough to always give your kids the nourishment they need before heading out the door.
Especially if you have a child like mine that eats very slowly and ends up often only managing a few bites of breakfast.
To make sure she starts her day the right way I created my brain booster milkshake.
Are Milkshakes Healthy?
This milkshake is packed with some nutritional powerhouses.
- raw milk – easy to digest protein, calcium and vitamins
- raw pastured egg yolks – B vitamins that are critical for brain function and concentration
- probiotics – for gut health and boosting the immune system
- grass-fed collagen – easy to digest protein and important amino acids
- maple syrup – carbohydrates for energy and trace minerals
- unrefined sea salt – trace minerals
I usually serve the milkshake with something else like a homemade granola bar or even dinner leftovers! But even if she doesn’t take a single bite of her breakfast I know she’s going to be fueled for the morning as long as she drinks her brain booster milkshake.
This is a really good option for kids with oral SPD and chewing problems. A milkshake goes down pretty quickly. It is also easy on the digestive system. The nutrients are very easy to absorb and utilize.
One of the key components is the raw, pastured egg yolk. Have you ever read about them? Though often deemed as unhealthy or bad for your heart the opposite is actually true. And eaten raw (as long as they are pastured) the nutrients are not damaged and are easy to absorb.
Egg yolks are amazing little packages of nutrients, specifically B vitamins that are essential for your child’s brain development and ability to focus. They contain other nutrients such as choline (necessary for methylation), selenium (great for the thyroid) and biotin (helps with blood sugar regulation – perfect for breakfast!).
Milkshake for Breakfast or Lunch
I sometimes put milkshakes in my daughter’s lunch too. She struggles to eat much lunch at school. There just isn’t enough time for her, and she’s busy talking. But she usually comes home with an empty cup!
This is also great for kids going through orthodontic work. The day after adjustments their mouth can be very sore and chewing can be a challenge. A milkshake is always in my daughter’s lunch the day after her expander gets adjusted. I tell her that even if she can’t eat anything she should be sure to drink her brain booster milkshake.
Healthy Chocolate Milkshake
Add some strawberries from your freezer stash for a strawberry shake. Any berry or even cherries will work.
Sometimes we really get creative and add mint extract. It tastes like mint ice cream (my kids’ favorite!).
If you can’t have dairy, coconut milk is a great substitute! Any milk alternative will work.
Serve it in a fun cup with a straw or in a sealed cup to pack in a lunch box.
Whether you serve it for breakfast, lunch or both you’ll know your child is getting essential nutrients with a brain booster milkshake. All they have to know is they get something delicious to drink!
Get your kids excited about breakfast. What flavor do you think they’ll like best?
- 1 cup raw milk or coconut milk
- 1 - 2 raw pastured egg yolks
- 1 Tbsp. grade B maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
- 2 tsp. grass-fed collagen
- 1/2 capsule preferred probiotics
- 1/2 capsule preferred multi-vitamin
- optional: 2 tsp. carob powder or cocoa powder OR 1/4 cup berries or cherries
- optional: 1/2 tsp. organic vanilla OR 1/4 tsp. organic mint extract
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or a cup with a lid.
- Blend or shake until well combined.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
This post is linked to Savoring Saturdays.