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Singaporean Educator, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, Writer and Hands on Mom of Three. Connect with me on Google+

Recent eats with the kids

Fries and curry pork cutlet.
Fries and curry pork cutlet.

Trying out different foods with the kids has always been a enjoyable activity for us.  As the kids grow older they are more open to the different tastes available. Their increase in  curiosity  about the various types of dishes  and appreciation for fine cuisine has significantly magnified from the time they were toddlers.

Breakfast waffles at the Hello Kitty Restaurant
Breakfast waffles at the Hello Kitty Restaurant

Food placement is certainly very important when presenting a meal. Tiger girl was really thrilled when breakfast was served to her at the Hello Kitty restaurant at Terminal 3, Changi  Airport.

I had waited 5 months for the hype to die down before bringing her to this theme restaurant for a meal. It was certainly worth the wait as there was no queue and we had a quiet and cozy breakfast that morning.

Salmon, mashed potato and salad
Salmon, mashed potato and salad

Eating out is really costly here in Singapore so when the kids and I have most of our meals at home.  I’m still tweaking the meal composition to ensure that everyone has the right amount of carbs, proteins and other nutrients to remain healthy while switching the meals around.  Here was my attempt in introducing purple cabbage to the kids.

Fruit salad
Fruit salad

This is one of my all time favourite fruity salad that only takes minutes to put together.  It has become one of my staple dishes which I have for lunch.

What have you been eating lately?

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Eating a Healthy Breakfast With Captain Oats

Breakfast is one of the most important meals that one needs to have on a daily basis. Starting the day right is essential for growing kids.

It is crucial that my kids  get the right nutrients into their body at the start of the day so that they can be mentally and psychically alert to face the day. They need all the energy that they can get while satisfying their hunger.

Every morning it can a mad rush to get the kids ready for school. There isn’t much time for fancy meals or a wide variety of breakfast items to indulge in. What I can only afford is something simple, nutritious and easy to prepare.

Oats  is one of my top choice of breakfast foods for the kids.

Oats and grapefruit
Oats and grapefruit

Why Eat Oats?

  • Oats are a good source of Vitamin B6 which encourages the release of Serotonin, the body’s feel-good hormone. 
  • It is very nutritious as it is packed with high amounts of  Vitamin B1, B2 and E and  minerals such as Phosphorus, Potassium, Manganese and Zinc among others.
  • Eating Oats regularly can   reduce  the risk of Child Obesity by 50%
  • With a low GL content, Oats can also reduce the chances of heart disease, cholesterol  and the probability of birth defects in babies  during the 1st trimester.
  • Eating Oats also may help to improve  your skin quality as it is used in various beauty treatments.

*(The above is provided for information only by Captain Oats and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Results may vary. Please consult with your physician if you have any doubts.)

The variety of Oats from Captain Oats
The variety of Oats from Captain Oats

The Oats from Captain Oats come from Australia and goes through  OatiFresh™ Process, a heat and moisture treatment to prevent them from going bad while retaining important nutrients.

Raw oats are not  really  edible. Therefore the oats has to be put through a process of  cleaning, dehulling, heating, sizing, cutting, flaking and lastly, packing to make them more appetizing for the consumer.

There are 3 variety of oats available by Captain Oats.

Rolled oats – ( 8 min cook time in microwave or stove top cooking)

This has the  chunkiest texture as, rolled oats look like flat, irregularly round, slightly textured discs. When processed, the whole grains of oats are first steamed to make them soft and pliable, then pressed to flatten them. It is  the least processed compared to the Quick cook and instant oats.

It is recommended for baked goods like muffins and granola bars.

Quick cook oatmeal – ( 3-5 min cook time in microwave or stove top cooking)

This type of oats has a finer texture  compared to Rolled oats .  It is partially cooked therefore it has a shorter cooking time. as compared to rolled- cut oats.

They too can be used in baked goods like cookies and muffins.

Instant oatmeal –  ( Instantly – Just add hot water!!)

This type of oats is pre-cooked. It has a finer texture then quick oats. They are the most processed oats among all the varieties available and the most convenient to consume.

The types of food  which you can make using oats are countless. If you are pressed for ideas you can check out the recipes  on Captain Oat’s website.

 

A Bowl of Instant Oats
A Bowl of Instant Oats

This is one of my favourite variety from Captain Oats- Instant Oats. The oats are really easy to make as you just have to add hot water to cook it instantly.

This variety  of instant oats also comes in  12 sachets of 40g each which is really good for filling one’s tummy in the office or on the go when one  travels overseas.  It is extremely  convenient way for me  to pack to fill the rumbling tummies of the kids when I am pressed for time.

Tiger girl having oats for breakfast
Tiger girl having oats for breakfast

 

Tiger girl with her bowl of oats
Tiger girl with her bowl of oats

I normally add a variety of fruits to the bowl of oats when I serve it to the kids in the morning.  They love the sweetness that the fruits add to the oats.

Are your kids eating oats for breakfast too?


Disclosure: This is a sponsored collaboration between Captain Oats and Dominique’s Desk. Pictures and opinions are 100% mine.