It's all about getting back to basics. We seem to have lost touch over the last couple of decades. That, combined with a whole lot of other factors, such as time and just the lifestyle we are living. Part of this is just laziness and this is what it boils down to.

Kids and adults, back in the 50's were enjoying a good breakfast before heading off to school and work. They had something descent in their stomach. It seems like either eggs and bacon as well as the odd pancake or hardly nothing is just the accepted thing these days and it is no wonder why the rate of diabetes has shot up to the ceiling.

So here we are not talking about instant oatmeal that you buy off the shelves in your local supermarket, which takes no time to make. Of course, this is as cheap as chips and the taste is still there.

Kids are not going to toss this aside, but this is one of the types of oatmeal that you should not be thinking about. Why? - Because it will give you instant energy that will last for a couple of minutes and that's about it. Apart from that, you can probably imagine the preservatives packed in a bag like this.


The vitamins in oatmeal that is the genuine stuff will really get you talking. Things like vitamin B complex and vitamin A will help with a lot of functions, getting your body to top spot. Nerve, muscle as well as carbohydrate metabolism are some of the things that a simple bowl of oatmeal can help with.

There is no doubt that there is a lot of goodness in this. Besides vitamins, you only need half a cup of oatmeal to get a good dose of fiber for the day as well as iron. It also lowers cholesterol and in this day and age, and this is something that all families need to start thinking considerably about.

Kids are going to get bored with a bowl of this a day so that will be pushing the limits, so you have to plan accordingly, but you can also think of being a little creative and adding some fruit like banana, blueberry, cranberry or strawberries for some flavor. Different kinds of nuts like pecans and almonds are also a favorite.

Oatmeal with Walnuts

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 100ml cup milk
  • 250g of fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp of chopped walnuts
  • 1 pinch cinnamon


  • Add 1/2 cup of oatmeal in a bowl and add the milk and the blueberries and cinnamon
  • Microwave this for one minute.
  • You can add more milk if you like it of . Less milk will provide a chunky, crunchier texture.

Good old fashioned pancakes

Having pancakes for breakfast everyday was not considered a bad thing. In fact, it was just the done thing. It was traditional in the American household and you couldn't go without the good old fashioned pancake before going to school.

Moms would really be upset if kids would not finish their pancake because as they saw it, this contained a lot of goodness and how were they ever going to get through a day of school if they had not even got through half of their pancake.

If you think about it, pancakes consist of carbohydrates. Introducing your child to low-GI bread or oatmeal would be a better option in a case like this. On top of that you would usually find a mound of syrup. You can't say that this is going to do any good on a daily basis. However, as a treat once a week or even as a small snack it may be a nice idea. "Keep it healthy" is the motto of the day.

How to make apple pancakes

These pancakes are no different from anything else that you have tried. The alteration comes in the ingredients, where we focus on health. Oatmeal as well as a gluten-free pancake mix is substituted for your regular pancake mix, making them stand out on the healthy side. The taste is still up there as one of the best.

  • 1/3 cup gluten-free pancake mix
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp applesauce
  • 1/2 apple grated
healthy breakfast



  • Mix everything together, except the grated apple until you see that a batter has formed.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan. You only need a little oil for this. You can even use a non-stick spray.
  • Pour the batter into the frying pan, into round shapes that will form the pancakes.
  • Top a spoonful of grated apple on each pancake while they are busy frying.
  • Turn them over and serve them warm.

 With these apple and cinnamon pancakes you don't need any form of syrup or honey or even sugar. They taste as good just as they are straight from the pan. You will get about 10 pancakes from the recipes so you will probably have a few over.

This is the perfect thing to make for a couple of kids when they have come back from a bunch of activities and are starving. There is no reason why you can't get stuck in. After all, a pancake is just under 200 calories and contains 0.5 grams in fat.

Delicious banana oatmeal recipe

Kids love this one!

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 100ml water
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 large, ripe banana, mashed


  • Add the water with the oats, salt and peanut butter to a sauce pan.
  • Cook over a medium heat until the water has been absorbed. This should take about 5 minutes.
  • Add in the banana.
  • It should have a thickish consistency.