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Healthy Family Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is the first meal of the day and the meal that many health experts consider to be the most important. However, one in ten children tends to skip breakfast, which may limit their ability to learn. When kids skip breakfast there is a chance they may feel tired and irritable. Their energy level and mood can drop as the morning progresses if they don’t eat even a small morning meal.

As parents, how do we encourage our children to eat breakfast in addition to serving food with the proper nutrients needed to start the day? First, lead by example and eat breakfast yourself. We found some excellent, healthy family breakfast ideas from Cooking Light, Little Inspiration, Simmworks Family, Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, and Meet the Dubiens that we think you and your kids will love!

Fresh Toast Soldiers: Sweet and nutritious. French toast doesn’t need to be smothered in syrup to be delicious. A side of strawberries can satisfy their sweet tooth.


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Bear in a blanket: Breakfast has never looks so snuggly and cute! This adorable breakfast idea consists of rice, eggs, and cheese. This combination of foods is filled with tons of protein to help your children grow.

 

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Strawberry Muffins: A sweet treat for a family that is on the go. This breakfast idea is a great way to include fruits, dairy, and oats into your family’s daily regimen.

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Omelette in a mug: Ever you ever heard of simply cracking eggs into a mug and putting them in the microwave to cook? This is an amazing twist on how to make scrambled eggs. To make these scrambled eggs more wholesome add cheese and your choice of meat to make a supreme omelette!

 

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Hard-boiled chicks: A very creative way to present hard boiled eggs is by making them look like little chickens! Grab some carrots and plastic Easter eggs to create a fun animal character that your whole family will look forward to eating in the morning.

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Breakfast will never be the same in your household with these fun and healthy food choices. Remember, breakfast is the meal that recharges your body and brain after your slumber. Making breakfast a family activity and mandatory meal will make the whole family healthier and happier in the long run. Enjoy!

Do you have any breakfast ideas that you’d like to add?

 

Earth Day Activities & Resources

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Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is an annual day where communities gather together worldwide to demonstrate support to protect the environment for plants, animals, and humans. To start off this important day and raise awareness, your family can help a global mosaic on Earthday.org.  All you have to do is upload a picture, preferably one that includes your face and a sign that says “The Face of Climate Change.” Check out what the global mosaic looks like so far at TheAdvocator.com.

In addition showing your support online, there are plenty of fun & creative ideas you can do with your kids to educate them about Earth Day. We were inspired by the ideas CreativeFamily.net , CarrotsAreOrgange.com , and B-InspiredMama.com had about this green celebration.

  • Plant a Tree: If you have some room in your front or back yard, get the family together to help plant a tree! However, if you do not have the room, the National Arbor Day Foundation can plant a tree on your behalf.
  • Earth Day Cookies: Create cookies that look like Earth but still taste like delicious delicacies. The kids will have a blast swirling around blue and write frosting to create the top layer on the cookie(which is meant to be the water and clouds of Earth) and then sprinkling green sprinkles (which is meant to be the land).  What a cool and yummy concept!
  • Sort recyclables: Teach children about plastic, paper, and metal. This is a great sensory activity to teach children what each material feels like. Present examples of the materials such as a plastic soda bottle, a cereal box, and a can of fruit. Create and decorate different boxes for each material and have children sort through to place the correct recyclables in each box.
  • Clean up the park or neighborhood: Take the kids on a nature stroll and bring plastic bags with you. While on your walk to the park or around the neighborhood, pick up any trash you see. With the trash you have collected, you and your children can sort through and put the different trash items in your decorated recyclables boxes.
  • Create earth: Get crafty and let the kids create their own version of Earth. There is paint, small bouncy balls, sand, and glue involved in this activity so that means it is guaranteed fun!
  • Make a family pledge: On behalf of Earth Day, have your family create a list of ways to help keep the Earth clean all year round. From recycling to picking up more trash to donating to nature organizations, there is always a way to help.

Celebrating and teaching your children about Earth Day will help them to pass the knowledge and passion about taking care of our planet to future generations. What activities do you have planned for Earth Day?

Hippity Hop: Easter Fun

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Step2 is jumping for joy that Easter is almost here! There are so many fun craft and recipe ideas to experiment with, with the kids. We found wonderful crafts through Pinterest that can be found on our Springtime pin board. Here are some of our favorite ideas for Easter this year:

Lightbulb Lambs: Oh my, these little lambs adorable! If you have any light bulbs that are burned out or some spare bulbs that you are willing to use, grab the paint, yarn, pom-poms, and bows to create these cute creatures. These can be the perfect decoration as a table setting during Easter dinner. *Disclaimer: The Lightbulb Lambs are not meant to be used as toys by children*

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20 Ways to Decorate Eggs: A tradition in many families is to decorate eggs for Easter. We have heard of dying Easter eggs or painting them but Making the World Cuter showed us twenty ways to decorate eggs. Whoa, that is a lot of colorful eggs!

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Easter Bunny Treats:  This recipe reminds us of making your own DIY Peeps! The recipe requires a lot of marshmallows but is very simple which means it will be a ton of fun for children of all ages! These festive treats will make a yummy desert.

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Will you make any of these fun crafts for Easter? Have a Happy Easter!