Isidudu (Mealie Pap)

Isidudu is a soft porridge made from ground corn or mealie meal. Usually eaten during breakfast, this dish is served with sugar and milk. Although, some add peanut butter or butter. There are many items you can add to this dish to bring out its amazing flavour. This is a great breakfast dish as it keeps you fueled up all day long.


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Amagwinya is South Africa's take on a doughnut. This indulgent treat is the perfect alternative to croissants. Before heading to work or school, make sure you pick up some of these treats. You can eat the amagwinya on its own, or top it with jam, curry, cheese or cold meat to make a more filling breakfast.


Ouma Rusks And Tea

An old favourite, no South African is able to turn down an Ouma rusk served with warm tea. These crispy morsels pair perfectly with a sweet cup of tea. Whether you're a dunker or not, this combo is the perfect treat on for a cold South African morning.

Ouma Rusks


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which is why oats are the perfect go-to for a South African breakfast. Oats are healthy, filling and oh-so delicious. There are many ways to spruce up your morning oats - try adding a spoon of peanut butter and sliced banana or strawberry jam and blue berries. This dish will give you all the energy you need to conquer your day.


Weetbix is a classic South African breakfast. It doesn't matter if you're young, old, rich or poor, this cereal is a great way to start the day. Some prefer it warm, others like it cold, but no matter your preference, this meal has many benefits. Some of the benefits include being low in sugar, being an excellent source of healthy wholegrains and providing vitamins and minerals to help you start your day.



Happiness in a sip, Mageu is a drinkable sour porridge. Many a South African consider this their favourite drink because of its nutritional benefits. It is low in calories and fat, yet filling. It also boosts and sustains energy levels. Best served chilled, mageu is the perfect on-the-go South African breakfast. So, before you clock in for the day, make sure you grab some of this goodness.

What is your favourite South African breakfast? Let us know in the comments section below!



A hearty bowl of fruit and oats is a sure-fire way to get your kids’ minds into gear for a tough day of learning. Oats are known to stabilise blood sugar so by giving your kids this amazing meal for breakfast, their blood sugar levels will be more likely to stay under control throughout the day. Why not soak half a cup of raw, rolled oats in warm water overnight? In the morning, they’ll be ready to eat – minimal effort involved! Top them with cinnamon or fresh fruits and plain yoghurt (maybe add a drizzle of honey if your kids need sweetness) and breakfast is served!

Nut Butter Toast

This is a one-up on the classic PB&J on white bread. Buy some healthy rye (or wholegrain if your kids aren’t quite so keen on rye) and pop it in the toaster. Look out for a sugar-free brand of peanut butter like Woolworths' Organic Peanut Butter or Peel’s Peanut Butter, which you can get at Dischem, and spread a thick layer on the toast. You can top it with banana slices and berries for some added sweetness … or why not take some inspiration from Ida Skivenes’ amazing creations to add that extra bit of excitement to your kids’ first meal of the day?


Soldiers make for a classic breakfast treat – one that both kids and adults alike simply can’t refuse. In fact, this meal is so quick to make that it’s just about as easy as reaching for that box of sugary cereal. Simply soft boil two eggs (quickly wake your child up while they boil) and get some bread (rye or wholegrain) into the toaster. Once the toast is ready, spread a thin layer of good quality butter onto the toast. Cut it up into fingers and cut off the top bit of the egg – a piece big enough to let the toast fingers fit through ... dip and enjoy.


It’s super-easy to sneak things like spinach, nuts, seeds and a range of other superfoods into your kids’ smoothies without them even noticing! Don’t overdo it on the fruit juice, salad or dried pieces, though – a fruit here and there is great for fibre and a boost of sweetness but it's a bad idea to pack six different types of fruit into one meal. Fruits are high in sugar and juices, salads and dried fruit make it super-easy to exceed the recommended amount of sugar you're supposed to consume in a day. How about blending these ingredients together to give your kid a kick-start to the day: a handful of baby spinach, a tablespoon of plain yoghurt, a frozen banana, some mango chunks, a bit of moringa powder and some ice … tasty and nutritious!

Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seed pudding has been on every health nut’s breakfast bucket list for a while now. It can be made to suit everyone’s tastes so your kids are bound to love it! Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and these super-seeds absorb up to 10x their weight in water, which is why they make such a great breakfast go-to. If you’re feeling uninspired, try this mango chia seed pudding recipe out – it’s like a guilt-free dessert!

By Nikki Samakosky

The Great Moscow Circus

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