Back To School Breakfast & Snack Ideas To Keep Your Kids Energized
School’s in session, and that means sluggish starts to the day as your kids try to hold on to what’s left of their summer vacation. But putting a spring in their step and getting them ready to learn can be as simple as picking the right protein-rich meals and snacks!
A trick to turning mornings from mayhem to manageable is meal planning. The Thermomix® makes this a snap by allowing you to browse recipes, and drop your favorites in a calendar to plan out the week. It can even organize and e-mail you shopping lists, so you can keep track of everything you need. Then, when you’re ready to cook, the recipe is right at your fingertips. It’s like having your own personal assistant keeping a close eye on everything. Now, only if you could get it to do the laundry!
For energy and alertness, you’ll want to reach for breakfast foods that stimulate the brain. According to NPR, a better breakfast can boost a child’s brain power. So steer clear of sugary cereals, pastries and pancakes. Better to save those for Saturday morning treats. It’s always tempting to just grab a Pop Tart or muffin to save time, but that could lead to your kids hitting a wall by lunch, and feeling lethargic for the rest of the day.
Instead, center your meals around the following stimulating foods to sustain your kids from homeroom to last period. Read on for a roundup of recipes, and check out this Back To School Breakfast downloadable primer on how to get started with invigorating breakfasts, fun snacks, and healthy homemade meals that will boost your family’s energy and your free time.
Breakfast Brain Boosters
The vitamin choline in eggs helps our bodies produce more memory cells. It’s also a great source of protein, and will curb hunger till lunchtime. Try this simple soft scrambled egg recipe that cooks up perfectly fluffy eggs, virtually hands free, in under 10 minutes using your Thermomix®.
The healthy fiber in oatmeal will keep your kids full and satisfied so they can focus on schoolwork. But avoid instant packs, which are loaded with sugar and artificial flavors. Opt for toppings like fresh berries, honey, or a sprinkle of cinnamon for sweetness. Homemade oatmeal is a cinch using the Thermomix®, and can be stored in pre-portioned containers for busy mornings when you need something to just grab and go.
Yogurt is the MVP of nutrition, as it’s loaded with calcium, protein and the amino acid Tyrosine, which improves memory and alertness. Pop quiz in Math? Your kids will have it covered. Also, according to Dr. Sears, yogurt can help boost the immune system, which is a welcome bonus amidst the bevy of germs your children are exposed to every day. Pick up some kid-friendly yogurt cups and call it a day. You can also blend yogurt with fresh fruits and nuts into a smoothie for a mega shot of protein that will last till the final school bell rings.
Blueberries and strawberries in particular are high in vital antioxidants to aid in brain function. They’re also a quick and easy option for hectic mornings. Pop them in the Thermomix® to whip up an eye-opening smoothie bowl, or mix them into oatmeal or yogurt for a double boost of brain benefits.
Whole Wheat Toast
Whole wheat bread is an excellent source of fiber and folate, which helps manufacture memory cells. Serve it with mashed avocado for fats that fuel the brain. Spread on some peanut butter to add heart healthy fats and protein. Or, if you can get your kids to eat chia seeds, which are frothed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, iron and calcium, a teaspoon of them atop fresh strawberries and ricotta will kick their morning routine up a notch.
Snacks For Sustenance And Health
As the mid-day meltdowns kick in, you can keep your kids operating at maximum capacity with some simple snacks they can nosh on to curtail the groans of “When’s dinner?” Here they are.
Fruit Roll Ups
Instead of store-bought roll ups, high in sugar and often unpronounceable ingredients, you can make a batch at home in a flash with fresh fruit puree using the Thermomix®. This allows you to choose flavors you know your kids will enjoy. Best of all, you can prepare them in advance, so your kids can reach for them all week long.
Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K, potassium and antioxidants, and have also been linked to lowering cholesterol and promoting eye health. But your kids may want something a little more exciting than baby carrot sticks to satisfy their hunger. So, try transforming them into a hummus they can scoop up with pita chips or pretzels. It’s also a great way to sneak in some apple or other veggies disguised as a tasty treat. You can do all this from Thermomix® to table in under 15 minutes. Good job, Mom.
Granola is another multi-faceted food chock full of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats to keep kids focused on their homework, while the cooking commences. But stay away from pre-packaged options with chocolate chips and marshmallows that are more like candy bars. A bowl of healthy oats and nuts is the perfect afternoon snack for curbing hunger without feeling full. Store them in plastic cups in the cupboard for easy access, while you keep an eye on dinner.
In addition to keeping your kids satisfied from the start of the day through snacktime, the Thermomix® can help you create elaborate menus for every night of the week from a simple salmon dish to palazzo-worthy chicken pizza. Don’t worry. You don’t need a culinary degree to dominate these dishes. Just pop in the ingredients, press and go. The guided touch screen will take it from there, so you can wear one of your many other hats: hero.
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