Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April Showers Bring May Flowers (Fun and Healthy Breakfast)

Oh yes, our strawberry love is continuing right on into breakfast!

Something a little different for a change..."Surprise Lunch" for breakfast instead! So I guess it's a surprise breakfast.  When Alexis saw me pull out the big white plate and the camera she got a big smile and asked "Are you going to make me...a surprise!?"

Though my blueberries don't look quite like rain, she knew what they were and this breakfast sparked quite a conversation about how plants grow in the spring and such. 
"The rain is going to come and bring me flowers in the spring in the garden??"
Learning really is everywhere :)

Anyhoo, this breakfast was made fairly simply. The butterfly is a piece of raisin toast I cut with a butterfly cookie-cutter (Alexis LOVES raisin toast. She asks for it and usually receives it every morning for breakfast, so she was happy to see it incorporated here). The raindrops are blueberries. The two yellow flowers are sliced bananas with raspberries in the middle. Then, for the star of the breakfast...

"Where are these strawberries you speak of?" and "What is that flower in the middle?" you may be wondering.
Why, those are the strawberries of course! Alexis lovingly referred to it as "ice cream for breakfast," but really...

It's 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, 5 large strawberries, and a handful of fresh blueberries, blended well.

Then poured into this lovely molded silicone pan and frozen over night.  So essentially, it's frozen berry yogurt. Three ingredients, that's it. Once it melted a little on the plate, she could eat it right with a spoon. Perfect for a *healthy* breakfast treat, or a cool treat any time of day. They are perfect mid-afternoon snacks for us right now, the weather here has been very, very warm this week...not that I'm complaining.

This is a super simple breakfast to throw together for your little ones (or yourself!) and some of the prep can even be done the night before. It probably took me three minutes to plate this this morning. "Quick" does not always mean "from a microwave" or "unhealthy," that's for sure. Not to mention, the mini-science lesson you can throw into your morning banter while enjoying this one.

Don't forget to stop and smell the flowers :)



  1. Love it!! I think I need to invest in cookie's amazing what you can do Emily! That smoothie star looks so good :)

    1. Thanks Devon! And yes, cookie cutters are my latest addiction. I find myself sifting through bins and racks of them at so many stores deciding which I have already and which I need to still get.

  2. You are too cute! I wish I were crafty like this. Alas, my kids will have to suffer through sandwiches with crust and fruit all mismatched in a bowl :(

    1. I didn't even see these comments until now! Sorry :( I guess the blogger app isn't as good as the real thing. Thank you! Luckily my kid likes the crust so I don't HAVE to be so crafty with's just fun. She's just as happy dipping a spoon into the peanut butter jar and calling it lunch.