Breakfast

Summer Breakfast Picnics

I have never loved summer as much as I do as a mom. 

More specifically, I have never loved summer as much as I do as a mom with school-age kids who are gone most of the day during the academic year. 

Hooray for summer! I am embracing every minute of it. Even the moments when my mini mob is tap dancing on my last nerve because when they aren't around to annoy me, I miss them something awful. 

I try to make the most of each of our summer days together. Sometimes that means a mini-vacation or day trips or entire days laying and playing on the beach or taking a road trip to visit family.

This summer might be a little different though. 

As I am writing this blog post, my left leg is elevated and I am icing a torn tendon (insert pouty face). That means we aren't taking too many trips right now. Unfortunately, this momma has to heal up before we can plan more adventures. 

As a result I have been much more mindful to make our day to day life something special. All those things we are always too busy for, we make time for. The kids help so much more in the garden and the kitchen. They choose recipes and ingredients. We have been laying around reading together and talking about our books. We color together more often. We nap, we giggle, we look for shapes in the clouds. We have moved almost all of our indoor activities to the outdoors which is just the best. 

And although I am hung up with an injury, I can say that this summer so far has been awesome. We haven't really gone anywhere or done anything monumental. I haven't bought tickets for anything, paid any entrance fees, bought souvenirs on a trip or anything like that so far. But it has been really wonderful.  We have just been enjoying each other. We have been seeing all of our silly sides, sharing thoughts, ideas and knock, knock jokes. And we have just been feeling blessed.

 The most magical part of the day is the early morning.  Often the first riser, and it varies who it might be, and myself head outside to sit under our dogwood tree to read. We have also been moving breakfast outside.

We are all convinced that  breakfast picnics are just pure awesomeness.

Everyone helps by bringing out a blanket, plates, napkins or water bottles... 

I bring the food. 

All it takes is filling a tray with your family's favorite breakfast foods and heading outdoors. 

Some of what I included in this breakfast picnic tray are:

  • radishes
  • yellow & orange peppers
  • avocado
  • fresh berries
  • mushrooms
  • hardboiled eggs
  • apples
  • Ezekiel toast and avocado toast

 

 

Whatever your favorite breakfast foods are will work. Grab them and then get on outside!

You take the experience of sitting together for a meal and simply transfer it outdoors. The scene is calm and relaxing and kind of inspires cooperation and harmony. Even if it is only temporary, I still will take it. We listen to the birds, we talk about the day, we fill our bellies with nutritious food. It is simple and lovely. 

Like I said before, magical.

There are many ways to create a special and unique expereince for your family. This one is pretty simple but I think that is what makes it awesome. And when we start off the day together, talking, having fun, feeling really good... the rest of the day seems to follow suit. 

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xo,

Michelle 

Next Day Kasha

Next Day Kasha 

This month in the Real Moms' Inner Circle we have been focusing on the The Busy Mom's Healthy Pantry and with good reason. The healthier our pantries, the healthier our food options, the better we will eat. You have heard it before, right? Keep good food at home and you will eat good food.  

Your healthy pantry might include whole grains. Whole grains provide a ton of nutrients including fiber, protein and more. The choices of whole grains are many and one that I will highlight in this post is kasha

Kasha, which is toasted buckwheat, is good anytime of the year but I always associate it with winter because it is such a hearty, belly-filling type of grain.  Kasha is super nutritious, it can help you maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is not only full of fiber and protein, but also vitamin K and the B-complex vitamins.

Kasha is also a gluten-free grain. 

When cooking grains I always recommend cooking more than you need and I recommend the same with kasha.  Then you will have some on reserve for a quick dish later in the week OR, as I will show you here, a hearty and healthy breakfast the next day! 

 

NEXT DAY KASHA

 

Ingredients:                                                                  

 

  • 1 cup of leftover kasha     
  • about 1/2 cup of coconut milk 
  • 1/8 cup sunflower seeds  
  • 1/8 cup raisins  
  • 1/8 cup dried cherries or any other dried fruit                              
  • 1/8 cup of chopped apples
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon  
  • 1-2 tablespoons of high quality maple syrup 

 

 Directions:

1. Add all ingredients to a pot and heat thoroughly on low heat. 

2. Transfer the kasha to a bowl and add your favorite topping. I used more chopped apples and cinnamon. Other choices could be chopped almonds, seeds, blueberries,...really the options are endless. 

2. Enjoy and then go have an awesome day. 

 

Here is a BONUS!

Kids love to pick their own ingredients, add their own toppings and be involved with a simple dish like this. When they get to be hands on, they are more likely to try new things! 

I hope this easy recipe is one more easy step in a healthy direction for you and your family! Enjoy! 

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How Busy Moms Start a Healthy Day

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You and I have both been there.

You finally sit down at the end of the night. Maybe you just cleaned up all the containers from the take-out you ordered. It was a busy day and maybe some less-than-great choices were made. It happens.

You start telling yourself, "Tomorrow. Tomorrow things will go better. I will pack a good lunch for the kids, I will eat healthier and no take out for dinner!" You feel 100% on board with this.

But then...

...the baby won't sleep, the toddler wakes up and wants to talk and the oldest ends up sleeping in your bed at some point during the night. (and by "sleeping in your bed" I mean "sleeping halfway across your face and completely taking over your side of the bed." Am I right?) Somewhere along the way you manage to get some sleep but then the next thing you know you have pressed the snooze button a half a dozen times and you are totally running late. From there, it is all a blur.  Once you start popping something questionable into the toaster oven, the whole idea you had the night before about being healthy today goes right out of the window. 

I am speaking from experience. And as a very busy mom, I know that for me, once the morning is shot, the rest of the day is tumbling right down with it. 

Having a smooth and healthy start to your day changes everything. It sets the tone for the day, both mentally and as far as food is concerned. If I jump into a healthy meal, I want to keep that trend going and I am more likely to do so. 

The kids get all the benefits of a healthy head start to the day as well. They are more likely to have a stress-free morning if the same is true for you. The health benefits of eating a healthy breakfast at the table with the family are numerous. Whether they are heading to school, playgroup or running errands with you, kids that have a healthy start to the day are going to be more focused, in a better mood, energized and feel better than when they do not. 

So, how do you make this happen?

It really is simple and you can have a healthy start to your day tomorrow! 

Once the kids are in bed and before you sit down tonight, take just a few short minutes to do these three things. It won't take long to master the ways that busy moms have a healthy start to the day: 

1. Prepare your lemon water. One of the healthiest ways you can begin your day is with lemon water. Before coffee, tea, or breakfast, treat your body to a tall glass of lemon water. Lemon water first thing in the morning not only energizes you, it is a detoxifying practice that helps improve digestion and boosts your immune system. 

However, you and I know that if the morning gets off to a rocky start, we aren't likely to stop and make ourselves some lemon water. We will be too busy trying to feed the kids (something healthy, of course) and get everyone out of the door on time.

So, give yourself a head start by preparing your lemon water the night before. This makes all the difference. When all you have to do is take it out of the fridge and start sipping, this becomes a healthy practice even the busiest mom can handle! 

 

2. Set the breakfast table. When you wake up in the morning and see the table already set and waiting for the family I think something magical happens in the mind that not only reminds you of those healthy intentions you set the night before but also makes those intentions seems very attainable. Maybe it is because part of the work of getting breakfast on the table is already done. 

For the kids, this is a signal that THIS is how breakfast is happening. Not on the way out of the door, not in front of the TV, but right here at the table. There are no surprises, they know what is coming and it helps things go smoother in the morning. This is also an excellent chore for the kids to have after dinner and homework is done and the table is free. 

 

3. Plan Breakfast. This can take you a matter of seconds. You can simple decide on, say,  spinach and scrambled eggs tomorrow. Great! Now you have made a mental note and you won't have to wing it in the morning! I suggest if that whatever you decide on, you take out the pans you would use for that breakfast. Go ahead and firm up that mental commitment! 

If you have some time and energy, you can take a few minutes with this step. If you are planning on adding chopped veggies to breakfast, maybe omelets for example, chop those veggies now. If pancakes are what you decide on, mix the dry ingredients and leave it sealed on the counter. Anything to help make sure you have the healthiest and easiest start to you day!

In just a few short minutes you can set yourself up to wake up and walk into an organized setting where even if you didn't get much sleep because one child had a nightmare, another needed a glass of water at 2am and the baby woke up wet, no worries. You are already set up to get a healthy start on your day anyway! 

 

Remember, as a super busy mom myself, I know that sometimes kickstarting a healthier lifestyle can be overwhelming.

But if I can do it, you can do it!

Just take one healthy step at a time.

 

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Eat well, be well,

Michelle