Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Memo

Whew!!  Today was a long but productive day at school.  I accomplished a lot of needed decluttering and reorganizing.  Sure hope to continue this trend and get the room finished before I "officially" report this Thursday.

Today's memo is all about breakfast.  It's not just a wive's tale that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Students and teachers need to be well fueled to be mentally and physically alert to have a successful school day.  Now, everyone occasionally has one of those running-late, no-time-for-breakfast days.  However, a consistent pattern of skipping has definite negative consequences.

 Lack of energy and focus
 Weight gain
 Moodiness, even contributing to depression
 Poor nutrition, affecting overall health
 Slow metabolism

Following are some grab-&-go breakfast ideas to help jumpstart a good day.

 Peanut Butter Sandwich.  Who says you can't have a sandwich for breakfast?  Kids can make their own and won't have to wait on parents to fix their breakfast.  Add fruit slices or a small amount of honey or jam to make it tastier.  With a glass of milk this makes an easy, healthy meal.

 Summer Porridge. This good-for-you oatmeal delight spends the night before in the fridge, so it's ready to  go in the morning.  Go to this site for a variety of flavors.  Summer Porridge

 Breakfast Burrito.  When you make your own at home, you can save money and an amazing amount of sodium.  Cook, drain, and crumble the bacon or sausage in a large batch and freeze.  The night before take out the amount needed and put it in the refrigerator.  You can slim down your burritos by using turkey bacon and scrambling egg whites.  Add in the veggies your family likes.

You can find scads of easy and healthy recipes on the Internet.  Look for recipes that contain protein, whole grains, fruits and veggies.  Avoid those that call for excessive sugar, salt, and fats.  Teach your children to become label readers and arm them with some savvy strategies, like nixing cereals that have a type of sugar as one of its top three ingredients.  Let them help find healthy choices in the cereal aisle, and they will be more likely to eat them. Work together as a family to create the week's breakfast menu.  Be a good role model by eating a healthy breakfast each day.

Bon appetit! 


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