3 Healthy School-Day Breakfast Ideas for Kids

3 Healthy School-Day Breakfast Ideas for Kids

Do you have a hard time coming up with healthy breakfast ideas for the kids before they head off to school?

School mornings can be fairly hectic if you’re a parent. However, even though getting your kids on their way to school is time-consuming and challenging, the odds are good you’d still like to provide them with nutritious meals.

The odds are also good you don’t know how you’ll find the time every morning to achieve that goal. If that’s the case, maybe it’s time to check out the best meal delivery service for kids. In addition to that option, check out these recipes. They offer nutrients your kids need, they taste great, and you don’t need to spend your entire morning prepping them.

Here are easy and healthy school-day breakfast ideas for kids to start the school day off on the right foot.

Breakfast Parfait

Breakfast parfait made from Greek yogurt and granola topped with fresh berries.

Sure, parfait may not be the first meal that comes to every parent’s mind when they think of kid-friendly breakfasts, but making this option appeal to your children is easier than you might think.

All you have to do is grab a clear plastic cup and fill the bottom of it with honey. Use your judgment to determine how much honey you should use. While you don’t want your kids to consume too much sugar, the sweetness can help you sneak in more healthful ingredients.

One of them is yogurt. Greek yogurt offers a range of health benefits. These include supporting bone health, providing your children with much-needed protein, boosting their gut health, and much more. Add a few spoonfuls to the cup, making sure the honey is thoroughly covered.

You’ll add fruit next. Options to consider include raspberries, blueberries, or banana slices. Finally, top the whole concoction with your child’s favorite cereal.  This is a healthy breakfast idea that your kids will love. 

Homemade Breakfast Sandwiches

An egg, ham, and cheese breakfast sandwich will keep you full until lunch.

True, making your own breakfast sandwiches during busy school mornings might not seem like the smartest idea, but this recipe is still worth considering because you can make these sandwiches ahead of time and freeze them. If you have a little bit of spare time on the weekend, set it aside to prep these for the week ahead.

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray and crack an egg into each muffin mold. Gently pierce the yolk of each. Bake the eggs for 10 to 15 minutes, or until they have set, then gently slide them out of the molds. Next, slice English muffins (one for each egg) and add a slice of cheese (your preference), three slices of ham, and an egg. 

Wrap these in plastic and freeze them. When you’re ready to heat one, remove it from the plastic, wrap it in a paper towel, and microwave on 50% power for about one minute. Then, flip the sandwich over to the other side, and microwave again on full power for another minute.

Breakfast Casserole

Make a breakfast casserole in a slow cooker and wake up to a delicious breakfast.

Sometimes, the best breakfast ideas for kids begin in the slow cooker the night before. 

This recipe is worth keeping in mind for two reasons. One, you can make it ahead of time in a slow cooker, so you don’t have to rush to whip up a meal in the morning. Two, it can yield very big servings, making it a perfect option if you have a lot of mouths to feed.

Spray your slow cooker (this recipe is for a 6-quart slow cooker) with non-stick spray. Add half a 30 oz. bag of hash browns. Then, add a half-pound layer of browned and drained breakfast sausage. Next, add a four oz. layer of cheddar cheese and a four-oz. layer of mozzarella cheese. Then, repeat the entire process, starting with the hash browns and using the same measurements. Finally, whisk together 12 eggs, half a cup of milk, and salt and pepper to your liking, drizzling the mixture over the contents of the slow cooker. Cook on low for eight hours and wake up to a breakfast your family will love.

Again, if you’re a parent, busy mornings don’t need to prevent you from feeding your family well. These simple recipes prove it!

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Simple Mom Self Care Goals You Need Now

Simple Mom Self Care Goals You Need Now

You can’t pour from an empty cup.  Here are a few helpful mom self-care tips to keep yourself happy, healthy, and sane.

Easy, achievable mom self-care tips:

Go to sleep earlier

To be a healthy mom you must get a good night's sleep.

Sleep is essential for life. That extra episode of television is not worth the agony of next day exhaustion. Browsing through a cell phone before bed will make it harder to fall asleep and may even disrupt the quality of your sleep. 

Insufficient sleep hurts mental health. There is a reason sleep deprivation has been used in history as a torture method.

Find a way to relax that works for you

Woman doing child's pose.

For me, taking a bath is like flipping an internal switch from action mom to zen mom. No matter how crazy the day is, I can turn it off with a bath. I add a few essentials oils and bath salts and voila! It’s a makeshift spa session. 

Eat more plants

Eat whole, organic foods, including many plants. There is no secret diet menu, no matter what the billion-dollar diet industry is telling you.

Instead of continually focusing on what you are eating, try the 90-10 rule. If you eat healthy nourishing food 90% of the time (plant-based, organic, whole foods), then you can relax and not worry about it the other 10% of the time (have some wine, yummy dessert, chill). On special occasions, it may be closer to an 80-20 rule (because mom needs to have a little fun sometimes too!).

The point is that the occasional indulgence is a beautiful thing so long as you treat your body well regularly.

Besides, we can’t expect our kids to eat well if we don’t. We are responsible for teaching our children healthy habits from a young age so that they grow up with the nourishment they need to grow, learn, and be amazing humans.

Limit your social media

moms on cell phones

By limiting your social media exposure, you unconsciously stop comparing your life to others, and in turn, decrease your stress levels. Also, reducing your use of social media will leave you less distracted and be more present in more critical daily activities.

We all know that social media is not a real representation of what is going on in people’s lives. It is a magnification of what people want you to see: slivers of primarily positive information that appears flawless, effortless, and often like never-ending, spontaneous fun (don’t we all want to project the best parts of ourselves). 

Take the time that social media is stealing from you and read a book, go for a walk, or meet a friend for coffee.

Say no more often

Permit yourself to prioritize the things that are most important to you. Mom’s needs come before getting every little chore completed. The laundry can wait until tomorrow if needed. The toys aren’t doing any permanent damage by lying on the floor a little longer. 

Sometimes when I put my daughter down for a nap, I have the intention of getting several chores out of the way. But I end up taking a nap myself instead. And I feel so much better as a result. 

It’s impossible to do every little thing. At some point, we have to say no. No apologies, just no.

What are you going to do to take better care of yourself this year?

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4 Smart Tips To Teach Kids Healthy Eating Habits (From A Busy Mom, RN)

4 Smart Tips To Teach Kids Healthy Eating Habits (From A Busy Mom, RN)

We must teach our kids a foundation for healthy eating habits. Unfourtuanelty, this can be challenging for busy nurse moms, who often struggle to eat properly, exercise regularly, or get enough sleep as it is due to our crazy working-mom lifestyles.

So, how do we help our families adopt healthier eating choices when it seems like life is always getting in the way? Here are a few fun suggestions that have worked for my own family.  I hope they help you too!

Involve children in the meal planning process

4 Smart Tips To Teach Kids Healthy Eating Habits

Teach your kids healthy eating habits by involving them in the meal-planing process.

Kids love to feel like they are a part of things, and they are more likely to want to eat healthy foods if they are included in the food preparation experience. Grant your children some say in which foods you bring into the house.

For example, if I plan to purchase grapes at the store, I will ask my son which color he wants.  When we go to the grocery store together, I let him help me select the produce items that he thinks are the most appealing. Search recipes together for inspiration, so you all can be excited about the meals you will have that week.

I personally love Pinterest and use it as my primary means of saving and organizing recipes. Each child can be allowed to make one or two “special requests” for either a specific food they would like to have or a particular meal they want to eat.

Sometimes it is not realistic to prepare a family meal every single night.  Here is a solution for that:  make double batches when you cook to ensure that you have extra nutritious food that can easily be reheated as leftovers later in the week. When I worked 12-hour day shifts, I would often make a tray of lasagna, enchiladas, or casserole on my days off.  That way, my husband could easily prepare healthy dinners for the family in my absence.

By preparing meals ahead of time, we eliminated the temptation to pick up fast food on the way home when we were exhausted and starving.  

Encourage children to help out in the kitchen

Teaching kids healthy eating habits

Teaching kids healthy eating habits by involving them in the kitchen.

Even young children can make handy kitchen porters. They can help mix, measure, and stir years before they are old enough to be trusted near a hot stove or sharp instruments.

My son picked out a set of miniature set of kitchen tools (a small spatula, whisk, and tongs) for himself, and it makes him feel extra special when he assists me in the kitchen. You may have to do a little extra clean up at the end, but be patient and praise your culinary apprentices for helping! Fond memories and a love of cooking will be ingrained for life.

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Forget the “clean plate club”

empty plate

Teach kids healthy eating habits – don’t encourage them to clean their plates if they are full.

Children are very good at self-regulating their food intake. Telling kids they must finish their food, even if they insist that they are not hungry, can cause them to tune out their innate cues of fullness and may set them up to become chronic overeaters later in life.

Lead by example

Kids are always observing, and you need to practice what you preach.  The nutrition standards you set for them as a parent will go further than anything you say. However, don’t always expect perfection of yourself. Parenting is hard, and some days just getting the kids fed is an accomplishment.

Holiday get-togethers, family dinners, and parties with cake and candy are perfectly fine in moderation.   The point is that if you eat a variety of wholesome foods each day, your children will develop an appreciation for fresh, healthy eating as well.

Additional Information to help teach children healthy eating habits

The American Academy at Pediatrics has an archive of articles with evidence-based advice on healthy eating for children that you can find hereConsult with your children’s pediatrician or primary care provider if you have questions regarding your children’s specific dietary needs.

Cyra-Lea Drummond is a registered nurse with 15 years experience in telemetry, cardiac ICU, cardiac rehab, and home health. She currently lives near Louisville, KY, and enjoys spending her free time playing outside with her husband, son, and their dog Daisy.Content goes here

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10 Fun Holiday Nurse Mom Gifts (in 2020)

10 Fun Holiday Nurse Mom Gifts (in 2020)

Nurse moms are pretty incredible humans.

Being a nurse or a mom is hard work in and of itself.  Add the two together and you have one incredibly hard-working, compassionate, multitasking superhero with skills that can save lives.

This holiday season why not give gifts that recognize both talents?  The one that is raising children to be strong, capable adults and the one selflessly helping total strangers.  After all, there is a fair chance that many nurse moms are not being appreciated or recognized for the dedication and hard work they put in, day after day.

The motherhood/nurse combination is a challenging balance.    Next time you run into a nurse mom who looks a little tired, know there is a good chance she hasn’t slept in a week.  And give her a high-five.

We hope you enjoy your holiday season and spend lots of quality time with your loved ones!

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10 Fun Holiday Gifts For Nurse Moms

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3 Ways Being a Nurse Prepared Me For Motherhood

3 Ways Being a Nurse Prepared Me For Motherhood

Being a nurse helped prepare me for motherhood.

Nothing can prepare any parent for the insanity of parenthood, because it’s impossible to understand its complexity until you’re there.  However, after working as a nurse for so many years before having my children, I do think it gave me a tiny edge.  

As an emergency room nurse, I work in a lot of unusual and often stressful situations involving the health and wellbeing of my patients.    Admittedly, I’m exhausted on my days off, and sometimes I feel guilty for working such long hours.

But even though I often feel overwhelmed with my crazy life as a working mom, I am so grateful for how my experience as a registered nurse has helped prepare me for motherhood. 

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Toddlers can act just like miniature psych patients.

In the ER, I deal with every single type of mental and psychiatric disorder ever documented in the literature.   We work with everything from homicidal schizophrenia to depression or anxiety and everything in between.

Some of the most exciting conversations I have with my two-year-old remind me of similar situations and conversations that I have had working as a healthcare professional.

For example, I have watched my toddler throw herself on the floor in a fit of tears because I didn’t peel the banana “the right way” (believe it or not, I have had similar conversations with patients).   I guess you could say that I have had a lot of experience with having irrational discussions over the years.  

As a result of my experience working in an ER with an acute psych ward, I have almost no reaction when my toddler melts down or breaks into a fit of rage out of nowhere.  I have had too much experience dealing with angry, irrational patients.  Having composure and speaking with respect is always the winning choice and warrants the best response in both scenarios.  (When a nurse gets mad back at a patient, the patients yells louder.  It’s the same with toddlers).

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I stopped worrying about things that aren’t worth my worry.

As a nurse and mom, I am generally more concerned about the things that might seriously injure or kill my children.  Sure, a broken arm would suck, and no mom wants to see their child in pain. But a broken bone won’t kill you. Like, for example, falling out a window in a home that hasn’t been childproofed could.

I want my home safe from the significant injuries, but I also don’t want to helicopter-parent them from ever injuring themselves. 

(But I also have an irrational fear of swimming pools now too as a direct result of my experience as an ER nurse, so I suppose being a nurse and mom has also made me a bit paranoid as well).  

The way I see it is that kids grow and learn so much through play. If they are playing right, they are going to get hurt once in a while.  Minor injuries are a part of childhood, and having them can help kids grow and develop resilience to other things that happen to them out in the world.  

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Being a nurse is a constant reminder of how lucky I am to have healthy children.  

I have had the privilege of working with pediatrics as an emergency medicine nurse.  As a result, I have watched a lot of parents deal with their children’s chronic illnesses, life-threatening injuries, and so many other medical-related issues that can keep kids in the hospital for weeks, months, or even years.

It makes it hard for me to complain about how busy my life is as a working mother.  Because in reality, when you have healthy children, you have everything that you need. 

As a working mom and nurse, I see a lot of the bad things that can happen, and it makes me more grateful for the things I have.  It is all a challenging balance.  But it is also an honor and a privilege – and it has prepared me for motherhood in a way that nothing else really could.

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Kid-Friendly, Grandparent Approved: 12 Activities For Kids And Seniors

Kid-Friendly, Grandparent Approved: 12 Activities For Kids And Seniors

The relationship between a grandparent and grandchild is so special, yet finding activities for kids and seniors to do together can be challenging.

But spending quality time with older family members is essential and has many benefits. For example, grandchildren will often discuss personal problems with their grandparents, and they listen to the advice the grandparent gives in response.  Also, grandparents are essential in passing on family traditions and history.

Many studies have even shown there are lower rates of depression in both the grandparents and grandchildren when they spend quality time together.  This is particularly important for grandparents who want to be as involved as they can before they require a different level of care in their lives.

You are never too old (or too young) to new things and new experiences. The best part is that when you are retired, there is more time to concentrate on spending more time with family.  Now is the time to plan your next adventure!

Here are 12 fun activities for kids and seniors to help keep everyone active and enjoying life:

Go to the playground

It’s usually free, and it’s fun. Your preschooler will enjoy trying all the different parks in your community and going back to their favorite. Don’t just sit on the bench and watch them. Join in the fun and stay active!

See the animals at the zoo

A huge metropolitan zoo is fabulous for the older child who has some knowledge of animals. It’s great for the younger child also—but maybe start with specific sections in case they tire out.

Don’t forget the smaller zoos, such as petting zoos.  See if there are any animal sanctuaries in your town.  Many allow visitors, and you and your grandchild can learn about the animals that can’t be returned to the wild due to injury.

A fun activity for kids and seniors: go to the zoo

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Go to the local history museum

Besides the permanent exhibits in the collection, most museums also have on loan temporary exhibits. They can range from a re-creation of ancient Egypt to an exhibit of Native American culture with authentic clothing and the different type of shelters used at the time.

Visit an art museum

Most kids like to draw and paint, and most have been exposed to sculpture through Playdoh® and clay. Why not take them to an art museum to see other types of art?

This is usually more age-appropriate for an older child, but even a young child can enjoy the art if you tailor the visit to what they will love. Check out the different types of art and then see what they are drawn to. 

A fun activity for kids and seniors: look at art together

Go for a hike 

If your grandchild is still in a stroller, you might be restricted to paved paths, but at least you can vary where you go. Take a walk through a botanical garden and talk about the pretty flowers. If they are very young, the emphasis may be on just the colors. You can introduce the smells plants have and the different shapes of the leaves.

Older children can go on hikes in the woods or by the lake. Many state parks have guided hikes that teach about the tracks animals make. They also have nighttime hikes to see nocturnal animal activity.

Visit a farm

Many states that have a strong farm tradition host a “Breakfast on the Farm” or “Day on the Farm” where you can have a tour of how the farm works and then enjoy a farm breakfast made from the food the farm produces.

Better yet, take your grandchild to a Field-to-Table event. All the food used in the meal is made from food grown at the site and prepared right after harvest. This is a great opportunity to introduce them to concepts of good nutrition and healthy food.

Pick your own fruit and make something

Pick your own strawberries and make freezer jam with it. This is an easy project, and your grandchild will have strawberry jam to take home. You can also save some strawberries to serve over ice cream for a treat later on.

Check out what is grown in your area and find a pick-your-own farm to gather cherries, apples, blueberries, pumpkins, or even peaches.  

A fun activity for kids and seniors: go apple picking

Fly a kite

Why not spend the afternoon flying kites at the local park?  You may even be able to find a kite exhibition with huge kites in your area. These are usually held on shorelines of big lakes or in large open fields.

Along the same line, see if there are any hot air balloon events in your area. These are usually held early in the morning or in the late afternoon. It’s pretty impressive to see several hot air balloons take off at the same time and the kids will love it!

Go miniature golfing

There are some very unique miniature golf courses that make spending time together really fun! Even if you are a real golfer, miniature golf evens the playing field!  The best part is all ages can participate.   

Go for a boat ride

You can go whale watching, if you live by the ocean, or go canoeing in the local river. Enjoy the experience of being on the water together.

A fun activity for kids and seniors: go whale watching

Take your grandchildren to a drive-in movie

Take a trip back in time and show them how you went to the movies in the “old days.” The good news is most drive-ins have the option of dialing in your radio for the sound instead of using the speaker that hangs on your window. The radio option may not be quite as authentic, but it sure does lessen the mosquito population in your car!

Make a birdhouse

If you are good with construction and woodworking, build your own one-of-a-kind birdhouses.  Or, if that isn’t one of your strengths, buy premade, unpainted birdhouses and lots of colored paints and spend the day painting your birdhouses to hang in your yard.

In conclusion

We hope these suggestions inspire you to get out and explore with your grandkids. These ideas are a great way to connect with a grandchild if you’re a caregiver.

But whatever activities you decide to do, remember the number #1 rule:   have fun!

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About the Author:

Susan Ashby, MS Gerontology, is a Community Relations Manager with Superior Senior Care in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has a passion for helping families age with health and happiness and in the setting of one’s own choice. She loves to spend time outdoors with her children and grandchildren. Her favorite activities include boating, swimming, fishing, and hiking the nearby mountain trails.