I love to share updated morning routine videos on YouTube regularly because it is always changing and admittedly, I find other people’s routines interesting.
A few years back I made my own green juice in the morning. Where I found the time to do this, I can’t remember! Then I was really into the warm water with lemon, or apple cider vinegar with cayenne thang. Sometimes it was cardio before breakfast. Now my mornings are dictated on how well T sleeps and what time he wakes up at.
Our Current Morning Routine
Since I don’t have an office to go to, we are much more flexible. Usually Tommy wakes up between 6 and 7 am. We cuddle in bed before I actually get up. It’s amazing how much time it takes to change his diaper, put on clothes for the two of us, wash my face, put in contacts and finally come downstairs for breakfast. I usually put on workout clothes and pack a regular outfit to change into after showering at the gym (where childcare is provided).
Lately, I’ve been making Mommy and Tommy protein pancakes for breakfast before we head out the door. T hates being spoon fed cereal and only eats the egg yolk, so I figured, why not make a baby version of my favorite breakfast.
Baby cereal is often fortified with iron and other nutrients which is why pediatricians recommend giving it to babies for breakfast.
The yolk of an egg does not contain the proteins that cause an allergy to eggs. It is very rare for anyone to be allergic to the yolk of an egg* which is why they say it’s fine for babies under 12 months to have them. The egg whites on the other hand, contain 4 proteins that can range from mildly to highly allergenic. Pediatricians recommend waiting until baby is 1 year old to introduce the whites. [source]
In doing a little further research for this blog post however, I realize I can probably start giving T the whole egg… If your baby hasn’t shown any food sensitivities and you don’t have any family egg allergies in the family it’s probably fine. I already introduced peanut butter so egg whites should have seemed harmless already.
However, the amount he eats is so small, it’s more fun to share the egg and really the yolk is where the nutrients are at.
Tommy’s Protein Pancake
For him, I combine 2 inches of banana, 1 egg yolk, and 1 tbsp of baby oatmeal for him. In a pan greased with organic butter, I make little baby pancakes. Some days he loves it, others he pushes it out of his mouth with his tongue.
For me, I combine the egg white, the rest of the banana, 1/2 tbsp flaxseed, 1 scoop Vega protein powder and 1-2 tablespoons of Silk Cashewmilk until it reaches my desired consistency. You don’t have to use Cashewmilk but any non dairy milk like Almond, Soy or Coconut will work.
With fall officially here, I decided to mix things up this morning for a lower sugar alternative with pumpkin instead of banana. I gave Tommy just the yolk, no pancake, which I think he likes more.
Mommy’s Fall Protein Pancake
I combined 1 egg white, 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree, 1/2 tbsp flaxseed, 1/2 scoop Vega protein powder, dash of pumpkin pie spice and 1-2 tbsp of Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk to reach a creamy batter consistency.
It’s amazing how much sweeter banana is than pumpkin. I added peanut butter on top instead of syrup even though I craved the extra bit of sweetness. Once I was finished, I was happy that I didn’t… and had a pumpkin spice latte.
What Tommy’s Been Eating
Since we began feeding Tommy solids, I’ve been really reluctant to give him dairy and meat. With all the potential hormones, I’d rather be safe than sorry for now. I’ve been giving him mostly a plant based diet with beans, sweet potatoes, squash, broccoli, tomato sauce (with pasta), banana, apples and a variety of other fruits and veggies in organic pouches. He loves to feed himself however so purees often are thrown out barely touched. This KILLS me.
Tommy eats so little and I’m already falling victim to eating his leftovers. I guess I should come up with a smart strategy now for when he is older! Before babies turn 1, the amount of calories they eat from real food is very small. Most of his nutrition comes from breast milk still. However, I am not a vegan so Tommy will not be one either.
I do find it satisfying already when I find a way to get him to eat a vegetable. He loves broccoli. I put leftovers in with the egg yolk the other day and made a little omelet and he ate it right up. I have a feeling I’ll be making this kid green smoothies in the near future. He loves anything green especially peas and avocado.
The Remaining Part of Our Morning Routine
So, after I make my breakfast, I sit down with Tommy and we enjoy a little meal together. Tuesday and Thursday we go to Recycle Studio for spin class, Wednesday and Friday we go to our gym where there is also a business center and babysitting. Monday is our wild card but we often go to BTone in the North End. I aim to be ready to leave the house between 8:15 and 8:45 depending on what day it is.
I never thought it would be a struggle to get everything done in 90 minutes but it’s hard, and that’s not even putting on makeup. This routine too will change I’m sure in another month or so and I’ll be sure to update you guys.
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