10 Quick and Healthy Back to School Breakfasts for Kids and Adults!

10 Quick and Healthy Back to School Breakfasts for Kids and Adults!

Yay for back to school!  Okay so I have to admit it’s a little bitter-sweet for me as this time of year always brings back so many happy memories from teaching.  The anticipation of the first day and meeting all those adorable faces was one of my most favorite times of year.  Now I just get to experience it through all my teacher friends as they anxiously await (and majorly prep) for the first day.  Well okay I don’t only get to experience it through them.  The Love Nugget goes to school too!

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WIAW – Healthy Lunchables for all!

WIAW – Healthy Lunchables for all!

“This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds”

Hi friends!

Aren’t three-day weekends great!  It seems like everyone would be generally happier if work weeks were only four days long.  Right!?!  I know I shouldn’t complain too much since I don’t work a full-time job and am mainly a stay at home mom.  I can see how much everyone looks forward to the weekend so why not make them three days long?  If only…

Anyways, its Wednesday.  As usual I’m joining Jen for another week of WIAW.  A fun way to share my daily eats and see what others are eating as well.

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What We Ate Wednesday + Kid Made Pizza!

What We Ate Wednesday + Kid Made Pizza!

Hey guys!  Man this week has been busy and only getting more so!  Thank goodness it’s Wednesday already.  Half way down!

Today I’m popping in real quick to share some eats from earlier this week and join Jen for her WIAW party 🙂

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Kids in the Kitchen #6 – Grain, Nut, Soy and Dairy-free Heathy Bites

Kids in the Kitchen #6 – Grain, Nut, Soy and Dairy-free Heathy Bites

Hey there!

I promise I didn’t forget about Kid’s in the Kitchen.  We just haven’t done a lot of cooking together lately for some reason.  The Love Nugget is getting more into playing with legos, transformers and out in the dirt than spending time with me in the kitchen.  Sniff, sniff…  The joys of boys right!?!

However, the other day I got him to help me make a nut-free, grain-free and dairy-free snack that he could safely take with him to school.  Like most schools these days, his is a nut-free zone.  So even though we love using them in our snacks for a good source of protein and healthy fats, we have to come up with other options for school snacks.   Which is okay because I like to get creative!

So here’s our latest Kid’s in the Kitchen feature 🙂

First things first, before bringing your child into the kitchen to help, make sure your counters, etc are safe.  No knives, sharp objects, or things that they can injure themselves with.  Obviously make sure they thoroughly wash their hands and have a safe stool to stand on.  We break that last rule a little and often use one of our bar stools but would love to have one of these for our kitchen adventures some day!

Now, once your kitchen is safe and your kids are clean, apron on and ready to go, it’s time to start the fun!

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Raising good eaters

Raising good eaters

I was having a conversation with a fellow mom the other day about her desire to lose weight and eat healthier.  She was telling me how she tried to make the better choices when it came to food but struggled because her husband doesn’t eat the same way.  She also mentioned how she wants her son to eat good foods but was guilty of going through the drive through at McDonalds and giving him some of her french fries.  It made me think of this video;

One that would be good for ALL parents to watch.  It shows how our feeding habits, even from a very early age, can have a lasting effect on our children.  Which is why we are pretty careful about the food we feed our son.

Does this mean he doesn’t get any treats ever?

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Big Bowl of Chocolate Avocado Pudding (recipe coming soon!)

No, of course not.

We just try to instill very healthy eating habits by modeling good food choices and by offering good, clean food 90% of the time.  Even when we offer a treat it tends to be one made with natural or organic sweeteners.

One reason I’m big on this because as a teacher I saw first hand how kids are affected by the food they eat.  I hear all the time, “Oh, sugar doesn’t make kids hyper, that is a myth.”  I disagree.  Spend a day in a classroom with 25 eight year olds when there is any type of sugar consumed and chances are you’ll change your mind.  Yes, some kids don’t react as much to sugar.  However, the majority of children when given the stimulant (and that’s what sugar is) will show some change in behavior.  Wether it be a slight increase in hyperactivity, a focusing change or a sudden crash in activity level, these changes definitely occur in children.  My son included.

I know very well that parenting is tough.  For the first 6 months of The Love Nugget’s life he screamed and I’ll admit that there was more than one day I asked The Hubby if we could send him back!  It was rough.  And there have been many other rough times since then.  Times when he throws a fit because he wants to watch T.V.  Times where he screams at the dinner table because he doesn’t want to taste his cauliflower.  Times where he begs non-stop for popsicles or ice cream.  With all of those times I have thought about caving.  Just giving him the damn popsicle even though it was an hour before dinner.  Letting him watch T.V. regardless of the fact that we told him he lost that privilege earlier in the day.  Or even excusing him from the dinner table without tasting each food on his plate (our number one rule at meals).

However, The Hubby and I both believe in following through with the rules and guidelines we set for him.  More often than not he gets over his screaming tantrum pretty quickly when he realizes we aren’t going to cave.   We also aim to be good role models with our eating habits.  Before we even had kids we ate pretty clean and now that we have The Love Nugget we eat even healthier.

I truly believe that modeling is the first way to teach our kids which is why we are so big on eating healthy almost all of the time not just some of the time.

I think it’s something we as parents should all be trying our best to do in order to keep our children healthy and to stop the obesity epidemic from continuing in our country.

Jamie Oliver is amazing.  Watch 🙂

QUESTIONS – 

  • What are your thoughts on food and kids?  
  • Do you believe sugar makes kids hyperactive?  

Wasa Crackers for Kids!

This is a sponsored post with WASA.  All opinions are my own.

Lately, the Love Nugget has been loving Wasa Crispbreads and I’ve been loving serving them to him.  For one because it’s easier to just fix him something that I know he’ll enjoy.  For two because he loves crackers and cheese and at this point, doesn’t seem to have too much of  reaction to them.  Lately he’s been really enjoying Wasa Crispbreads.

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Wasa Crispbreads are actually something I used to eat from time to time before giving up bread.  I chose them over regular crackers or breads because they are made with wholesome, Non-GMO ingredients.  Which is also one reason I don’t mind feeding them to The Love Nugget.  I also like that they are sugar-free and soy-free.

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Wasa Crispbreads are made in Sweden and rumor has it that the Swedes enjoy living an extra healthy lifestyle.  As shown in this video featuring an American woman immersing herself in the healthy Swedish lifestyle.

I particularly like the props hanging on the wall 😉

Wasa Crisbreads are so versatile with how you can serve them.

The Love Nugget’s been enjoying them with mashed avocado, turkey and melted cheese  for what The Love Nugget calls his “Wasa Sandwich.”

Or his “Wasa Apple Pizza” with nut butter, apple, cinnamon and honey.

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They also serve well for what he calls his “Wasa cheesecake pizza” which is cream cheese mixed with honey, currants and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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Lastly he’s been loving this simple nut butter, jelly and banana spread for breakfasts as we rush out the door.

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I think he just likes saying “Wasa!”

We plan to have soup later this week and I’ll be sprinkling some on his bowl for an added crunch.  I’m sure he’ll love it!

To learn more about Wasa and their passion for a healthy lifestyle you can check out their website here or find them on Twitter and Facebook.

 QUESTIONS –

  • Have you tried Wasa Crispbreads before?   

Disclaimer – This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Wasa.

Kid’s in the Kitchen #   – Pumpkin Pie Granola Bites

Kid’s in the Kitchen # – Pumpkin Pie Granola Bites

I’m back with another Kid’s in the Kitchen post!

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Kids in the Kitchen #4 – Ants on a Log

Kids in the Kitchen #4 – Ants on a Log

Hey there!

I’m a little behind on these Kids in the Kitchen posts just because we’ve been so busy lately!  That and The Love Nugget has been more interested in playing outside than being in the kitchen.

He’s such an outdoorsy boy!

Today’s Kids in the Kitchen is one that is simple and probably one you’ve made before.  If you haven’t though, it’s a great way to get your kids to eat celery and sneak in some healthy fat from nut butter 🙂

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Kids in the Kitchen #3 – Fruit “Swizzlebobs” AKA Shish kabobs

Kids in the Kitchen #3 – Fruit “Swizzlebobs” AKA Shish kabobs

Making food fun always makes it more desirable to kids.  And what’s not fun about shish kabobs?

Food on a stick!?!  Fun right?

So of course the idea of making fruit shish kabobs or Sizzlebobs as The Love Nugget likes to call them was a huge hit!

Which is our next kid friendly recipe for my Kid’s in the Kitchen segment!

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Five Superfood for Kids!

Five Superfood for Kids!

Since kids can’t buy their own food, we have control over what they are eating.  If they could they’d be purchasing goldfish and chocolate milk from Costco but luckily we are in charge of their food.  Which means we have full control over the nutrients they are getting on a daily basis.  Sure they might scream and cry for crackers or cookies but ultimately we are the ones who make the decision for what goes on their plate.  So knowing what foods are going to pack the most nutrients is important.

Here’s a list of the top Superfoods to feed your little ones to ensure they are getting proper nutrients!

Eggs – 

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