Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? While it’s something Mama is always thinking about for the kids, often Mamas forget to take care of their own nutrition needs. Breakfast is often a hurried rush out of the house with sometimes a cup of coffee to-go, if we’re lucky, or a bite of burnt toast. Lunch is ho-hum with maybe a piece of lunch meat and stale bread or if it’s a good day, a salad with protein packed tuna or chicken on top.
After a long day running about, dinner is the last thing Mamas want to plan so sometimes it’s just whatever doesn’t have freezer burn. If this sounds like your meals…read on for some fast and easy tips and recipes that both you and the kids will LOVE to eat!
Smoothies — With the warm weather coming, Mama is breaking out the blender once again for smoothies!! It’s a great way to get kids the calcium they need to get their day started right. A new favorite that Mama just tried yesterday with Lily-girl is from RealCaliforniaMilk.com and is a latin-inspired Luicuado that has a bit of cinnamon, milk and berries.
Breakfast for dinner — who doesn’t sometimes just pour the kids and yourself a bowl of cereal for dinner?! Sometimes, we have it three times in one day (okay, it was only once when Mama had the flu and who knows where the hubs was…!). Kick-up the breakfast for dinner idea a notch with pancakes. Not just any pancakes but California Cottage Cheese Pancakes. The extra dose of protein will give you and the kids the nutrition you need and all of you will leave the table feeling full.
After-school snacks — be the hippest Mama on the block when you put out an after-school snack of fresh fruit and a yogurt dip spiked with honey and cinnamon. YUM for you and the kids.
Sweet treat — for dessert try the new Fiber One yogurts in flavors like Strawberry, Peach, Vanilla and Key Lime Pie. With 5 grams of fiber and only 50 calories, even the Hungry Girl gives it two thumbs up. Perfect to satisfy any sweet tooth late at night or anytime of the day. Mama would love for you to try it too! Enter to win a Fiber One Prize Pack with $50 Safeway gift card (can also be used at Vons, Dominick’s, Tom Thumb, Randall’s and Genuardi’s) below.
Plain or chocolate— milk straight up or chocolate flavored are both healthy and much better for your kids then drinking juice or sports drinks. Pour a glass for Mama too!
Oh, and since Mama is from California…look for the Real California Milk seal…because California Cows are Happy Cows!! MOOO!