The idea that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is such a well-trodden trope that few of us even question it anymore. It seems to make sense on a basic level: the food we eat in the morning has got to be good, because it’s going to power us through the day…
Well if that’s the case, then why do we bother to eat lunch?
Breakfast can’t power us through the day, but it can give us a good start. Does that make it more valuable, worthy of a title such as the most important meal of the day? Not really – each meal is equal.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that breakfast isn’t important in and of itself. It’s just not beneficial to treat it as the be-all and end-all of nutrition. Get it right and it’s a good way to begin, but you’re going to have to continue the trend of good eating through lunch and dinner too.
Keeping this in mind in the midst of morning chaos before the school run is worthwhile, not least for saving yourself a little of the stresses that sink upon our shoulders as busy Moms. There’s no pressure on you to crack into the best of your recipes and whip up gourmet-style food every morning. It’s tempting to think this is necessary, as that often-sounded bell of “most important meal of the day!” clangs in your ears. But as has been pointed out, that’s not the case, so why not give yourself a second to breathe with these options?
Low-Prep Breakfast Options To Consider
There’s something about a bowl of cereal that just screams “morning!” to us, and your kids will grow up thinking the same thing. It’s important to ensure you find a nutritious cereal such as those made by Organic Life HQ rather than one that is coated in sugar. The sugar content of some cereals marketed to children is completely terrifying, so be read labels extremely carefully. If you have previously given your kids the “fun” sugary cereals, there might be some rebellion over the switch to more nutritious options, but persevere and they’ll feel the benefit.
You also can’t beat a protein-rich meal involving eggs, the eternal breakfast staple. Keep in mind that there’s absolutely no health benefit to just cooking the whites of eggs and discarding the yolks – it’s actually the opposite! All the nutrients are in the yolk and studies have shown that just eating the whites actually makes them harder to digest. So go for a quick scrambled egg or boiled, which your kids will love dunking bread into.
Finally, if you’re really pushed for time, sliced vegetables like carrots and cucumber can be a lifesaver. Add a few berries for sweetness and their nutrient value. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can throw whatever you have got available into a smoothie along with some soy milk. It’s not the most exciting meal, but it will get your kids through to lunchtime without resorting to convenience foods that are packed with the foods you know you want to avoid.
This is a healthier version of Apple crumble ( apple Recipes) using almond flour. If your not allergic to nuts this is a delicious recipe that doesn’t call for any refined sugar.
Apple Crumble Recipe :
Serves 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Ingredients 4 medium Fuji or Gala apples, cored and chopped 1 teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ¼ cup maple syrup, divided 1 cup almond flour ½ cup walnuts, chopped ? teaspoon sea salt
Apple Recipes: Apple Crumble Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl, toss apples with cinnamon, nutmeg and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Add mixture to one 8? x 8? baking dish. In the same mixing bowl, toss almond flour with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, walnuts and sea salt. Spread the topping over the apples. Bake for 40 minutes, or until apples are bubbling and topping is golden. Serve warm.
Sugar-Free Summer of Delicious Sweeten up your outdoor celebrations with SweetLeaf®
Gilbert, Ariz. (June 16, 2016) – The sun is shining, and temperatures are rising. Summer is right around the corner, and many people are pulling their grills out and prepping for the start of barbecue season.
SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener is celebrating the season of fun in the sun with a few special mocktail/cocktail recipes sure to complement summer barbecues everywhere, with or without alcohol. Plus, with plenty of recipes on their website, SweetLeaf is the ideal source for tasty, award-winning, guilt-free treats all summer long.
Blood Orange Spritzer Ingredients: 1 tsp. Stirrings® Blood Orange Bitters (non-alcoholic) 1/4 tsp. SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener 6 oz. sparkling mineral water or seltzer
Directions: Place SweetLeaf in the bottom of a champagne flute. Add bitters. Pour in water or seltzer and mix well. Add ice and serve.
Chocolate Strawberry Cooler Ingredients: 2 strawberries, sliced 8 oz. sparkling water 6 drops SweetLeaf® Liquid Stevia Chocolate Sweet Drops™ Ice
Directions: Place strawberries in 10-oz. glass. Fill with ice and sparkling water. Add Chocolate Sweet Drops and stir.
SweetLeaf offers a versatile line of better-for-you sweeteners made from stevia leaf extract. The stevia leaf is sweeter than sugar, and SweetLeaf uses a water extraction process to ensure the best-tasting products possible. SweetLeaf brings sweetness to the table in a variety of sweetening options to suit every palate. SweetLeaf Stevia and Organic Stevia Sweeteners are available in shakers and packets for sweetening at the kitchen table, or anywhere, with no artificial ingredients, calories, or carbs. Sweet Drops™ liquid stevia sweeteners are an award-winning and flavorful way to add a delicious accent to foods, beverages, and recipes without adding calories or sugars. Water Drops™ turn still or sparkling water into a tasty beverage, taking water from boring to wow!*
Getting children to eat healthy can be a challenge since most children like to eat the same things over and over again. Teaching children how to eat healthy while they are young is very important for them to know how to pick healthy options, and have better eating habits as they grow up. Making healthy snacks is not hard and many can be made ahead of time, so they are ready whenever your child wants a snack. Here are some healthy snack ideas for kids.
Ice-cream is many kids’ favorite snack, but normal ice-cream is not that healthy. This banana “ice-cream” is simple to make, and is nutritious and delicious.
– 3 large ripe bananas that have been peeled, cut, and frozen
– 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
– 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
– Pinch of sea salt
– Optional: chopped fresh fruit, nut, seeds, coconut flakes, or other small foods
Let the bananas soften for about five minutes, after they have been frozen. Put the bananas, cinnamon, vanilla, and sea salt into a food processor or blender, and blend until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Pour the blended mixture into a bowl, mix in any other ingredients you or your child want and serve. You store this in Popsicle molds, or container, and freeze until needed.
Apple Oat Bars
A granola bars is one of the few items that you can find in just about every kid’s lunch bag. Many granola bars are full of sugar, but you can make healthier bars at home. These granola bars are good just the way they are and even better warmed up in the microwave.
– 3 cups of oats
– 2 tablespoons of flax meal
– 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
– 1 ½ cups of dates that have be pulsed in a food processor until there is no big chucks
– 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
– 1/3 cup of dried fruit like cranberries
– 1/4 cup plant milk or regular milk
– 1 ¼ tablespoons of honey
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
– 1 small apple that has been peeled and chopped
Preheat the oven to 350F. Stir together the oats, cashews, flax meal, and cinnamon in a medium bowl, and set aside. Also, set aside ¼ cup of the unsweetened applesauce, and the chopped apples. In a different bowl, stir the rest of the ingredients, and then add the wet ingredients to the dry, and make sure that they are mixed well. The mixture should be able to be made into one big ball with your hands. Using parchment paper, line the bottom of a 9” x 13” baking sheet, and spray with sides with a cooking spray. Press the mixture into the pan using the back of a spoon, trying to make it as level as possible. Using the remaining applesauce, top the mixture evenly. Scatter the chopped apple pieces on top of the applesauce. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. These should be checked at the 15 minute mark, as this can burn easily. To brown the apple pieces, turn your oven to broil and wait for about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, cut into bars, and allow them to cool. Once cooled, store in plastic bags in the fridge.
If you need a healthy snack right now there are a lot of tasty options that you can make in just a few minutes. Peanut butter (another nut or substitute butter) apple sandwiches are a great option, if your child likes peanut butter, but is eating too much bread. Veggies and hummus are also a quick and healthy option for a snack that is going to keep your children full when they are playing until mealtime. Fruit Skewers and dried fruit bracelets are fun ways of serving your kids their snacks.
Getting children to eat healthy can seem like a challenge, but it just takes a little time and planning to make sure they have healthy snacks. The less unhealthy snacks that are in the house, the more likely they are to look for the healthy ones. Also, letting them pick out what they want from the snacks that they are allowed to have, makes them more likely to eat them. You can also have them pick out the serving containers that their snacks are put in, and those are what their snacks go into. Kids love to have things that are all their own, and the option to make decisions for themselves.
This is a staple in my house and I usually make it at least 2 times a week. It’s seriously the most delicious and easiest salad to make.
3 Roma Tomatoes
2 Avocados sliced
3 cloves of garlic crushed
1/4 of a red onion sliced
Cut up the tomatoes in bite size pieces along with the avocados and onions. Put everything into a bowl and then crush the garlic over the tomatoes and avocado. I put in a lot of garlic but you can always add less. Gently stir the salad so you don’t mash the avocado. drizzle a small amount of olive oil and salt the salad and gently stir again.
Let me know if you made it and how you liked it. It’s a favorite even with the kids!