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Breakfast Ideas for Your School Day

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With all of the details of homeschooling, it’s easy to throw something in the microwave and call it a meal. But, by carving out some time and a little bit of planning, you can have some pretty tasty meals for you and your family. I thought I’d start out by offering some breakfast ideas and recipes that can either be made the night before or are quick to put on the table for when your scholar arrives at the table, ready to eat.

Smoothies are my breakfast staple since a variety of veggies can be hidden within the drink and it still tastes good. The expert in our house in creating delicious smoothies is my husband, so here is one that he is currently serving. It is loaded with lots of vitamins and sweetness so even your picky eaters will enjoy it. Add a piece of whole grain toast or fruit bread to compliment this creation.

Dale’s Sweet Kale Smoothie

Servings: 2

1 handful of kale (torn bite sized pieces)

1/2 c. berries

1 carrot

1/2 c. nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1/2 avocado or banana

3 Medjool dates (or 2 Tbs. honey or sweetener of your choice)

1 c. milk (cow, almond, hemp, or cashew)

Optional: Superfoods such as white mulberries, hemp seed, chia seed, or flax seed may be added, but not necessary.

Blend well and then add 10 ice cubes to give thickness to your shake. Divide drink among two cups.

Of course, you may take out the kale and add an apple or peach instead to your smoothies. Your daughter may turn up her nose at the color since it will have a slightly green tint. 🙂

Healthy Baked Oatmeal 

Even if your son usually bulks at oatmeal, this tasty breakfast oatmeal recipe will be sure to hit the spot! Serves 12

  • 3 c. rolled oats
  • 2eggs (beaten)
  • 14 c. oil
  • 1 c. milk (your choice of type of milk)
  • 14 c.  brown sugar
  • 12 c. applesauce (or 1 mashed banana)
  • 1tsp. cinnamon
  • 1tsp. baking powder
  • 1tsp. vanilla extract

    Directions

    1. Mix together oil, sugar, and eggs.
    2. Add rest of the ingredients and thoroughly mix together.
    3. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes in a greased glass 9 x 12 pan
    4. Serve warm and it is delicious topped with milk and bananas or with yogurt, berries, and other fruit.                 Source: http://www.food.com

Breakfast Pops

Here’s a great way to use those popsicle molds you have buried in the pantry. 🙂 yields 10

Ingredients

  • 2 c. plain yogurt
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. strawberry jam
  • 1/2 c. blueberry jam
  • 1/2 c. chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 c. blueberries
  • 2 c. Honey Nut Cheerios or granola
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together yogurt, milk, honey, and vanilla until fully combined.
  2. Fill pop molds, alternating yogurt mixture with jam, fresh fruit and cereal, about 1/4 cup of each at a time.
  3. Freeze for 6 hours or up to overnight.
  4. Remove pops from freezer and let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. Remove from molds and serve.                                      Recipe and picture source: delish.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ideas for Weight Loss

I have wonderful news… my youngest son is getting married! His fiancée is wonderful and we are looking forward to having her in our family. She will have all the joys of spelling and saying our last name like I have!

Recently I began trying on dresses for the “Big Day”. I don’t know how these pounds grabbed onto me, and if I had to choose a date for the wedding, I would say a year from now so I could get skinnier. Well, I have about a month to lose some winter poundage. Miracles can happen, right? I looked on the internet with my quest to lose weight and found 7 key points to help:

  1. Did it grow? Fruit, vegetables, and nuts fit that category. However, I would have to say that maltodextrose  does not. What is that anyway?? A colorless to yellowish syrupy mixture of dextrose, maltose, and dextrins containing about 20% water, used in confectionery, alcoholic fermentation, tanning, and treating tobacco. Ewww!! 😦
  2. 1 ingredient– No, I don’t have to eat just one thing, but rather  food should be as unprocessed as possible.
  3. Did it have a mother? Was it alive previously? Fish, beef, chicken all had mothers. However,  I do wonder about pigs… 🙂
  4. One pound= 3500 calories How long will it take to exercise off a donut? Motivation factor!
  5. Stay hydrated– Often we think we are hungry, but it is actually thirst. Also, water curbs appetites. Calories are being burned walking to the bathroom too!
  6. Eat every 4 hours– By eating smaller amounts our blood sugar remains steady, resulting in eating less.
  7. Move! If I don’t have a partner to hold me accountable I am far less likely to exercise. A friend keeps me moving and motivated on days when I’d rather sit and eat some carbolicious snack.

Here is to hoping to see progress soon. I haven’t lost any weight since I started yesterday (lol), but I am thinking thin thoughts… I’ll close with a recipe from Fitness Magazine that I am going to try. Care to join me?

Peach Milkshake (1 serving)

1 cup almond milk

1 cup peaches

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1/2 banana

1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional–may help burn calories)

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

*I like to add chia seeds or flax in addition to the above ingredients. Chia is rich in omega fatty acids and minerals. Flax is rich in protein and fiber.

 

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Berries and Citrus Smoothie

The school topic of health is one that seems to take place naturally as we go about our daily routines. We discuss the importance of covering your mouth when sneezing (disease prevention), establishing a bedtime routine and getting the rest needed, playing outdoors and participating in community sports programs. But, it’s hard sometimes to get your children to eat “healthy” foods. There isn’t much appeal for children in eating a spinach salad or nibbling on broccoli and cauliflower. If you have a child who enjoys that, it is a blessing.

I was an awful eater beginning in childhood and continuing through early adulthood. One of my favorite things to eat as a child was a Wonder Bread potato chip sandwich. I’d put the potato chips in between the slices of white bread, pressing and squishing until it was paper-thin. Wow, enough said!  When we first married, my husband and I ate a pepperoni double topper nearly every Thursday evening!

Realizing  we couldn’t continue to eat that way by putting all those bad things into the bodies, I had to change our diet. I introduced whole grain bread, plus more green vegetables into our diet.  But, I have continued to search better foods for us to eat and be more purposeful in dietary selections. Searching has led me to discover superfoods nearly two years ago.

What are superfoods? Well, they are not foods that Clark Kent and Peter Parker noshed on before dashing off to fight villains, but they would have helped them! Superfoods are nuts, berries, and foods that are packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrition to help your body fight off disease (like a super hero), and give you energy. They also help you to feel full longer and thus, helping you eat less.

I know it can be expensive to eat this way, but it is expensive to go to the doctor.  It also takes time out of your life to be sick. Who wants that? I had to go to the doctor recently for a sports injury and the nurse said,”You  haven’t been to see us in a long time.”  I call that a good thing!

A fairly inexpensive way to begin to make changes and improvements to your family’s diet without it costing a hunk of your grocery budget is to add a smoothie to your menu. Instead of providing a sugar-laden snack, how about a fruity one? You can add some a superfood such as chia or hemp seeds and the family won’t even notice!

Personally, I use smoothies as a snack or a substitute for a meal. I visited a friend the other day during her lunch break and instead of us grabbing a burger and fries, I took her this smoothie. She thought it was so delicious that she asked for the recipe. I think this would be a good introduction if you are wanting to give smoothies a try. The smoothie looks seedy, but it isn’t. Those are the skins of the blueberries, but you can blend it longer to make them disappear. I just thought it added something visually for the photo. Enjoy!

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Berries and Citrus Smoothie

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup frozen pineapple (substitute fresh if available)

1 cup orange juice

1 cup mango or peach kefir (you can use vanilla yogurt instead)

2 tablespoons hemp or chia seeds(superfood)

2 teaspoons honey (optional)

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Makes 2 servings.

 

* Hemp seeds are one of the best sources for protein and include all eight amino acids, omega-3 and can help balance hormones.  Chia seeds are best known for their healthy fats, higher fiber content, and antioxidants. They have eight times more omega 3’s than salmon (Yippee! I detest most fish.), five times more calcium than milk, three times more iron than spinach, and three times more antioxidants than blueberries.  source: Superfood Smoothies, Julie Morris

I am sorry I don’t know the exact number of calories for the smoothie, but I would estimate the number to be 225.