Back To School Recipes For The Family

January 3, 2017 11:01 am
Healthy Breakfast Pizza Recipes
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It’s a new year and a new semester for the kids. Getting things back on track is all about planning ahead. Now that everyone is on a mission to lose the extra Holiday weight, time can certainly get in the way of staying on top your diet. Here are a few recipes to make sure your family stays ahead of the curve this semester.

Serve whole wheat Strawberry Banana Protein Muffins. The best thing about this recipe is that you can eat it guilt free. Rich in protein and whole grains, send the family off to attack the day with energy. You can serve these muffins for breakfast or dessert.

In a rush and need a quick breakfast? Diets usually go down hill when we allow ourselves to get too hungry. That’s when we are tempted most to grab junk food. Put the cookies down and try the Berries and Cream English Muffin Sandwich. Grab an English muffin and slice it in half, spread some Greek yogurt on a slice, add a teaspoon of honey, and a few raspberries or blueberries. Not only is it delicious but it’s also quick and enough calories to get your metabolism going for the day.

Who doesn’t like pizza? Here are seven different breakfast pizza recipes that are clean for your diet and good for the family to enjoy.

Looking for some good lunch ideas? Here are ten recipes that will get your creative juices flowing. Not only is it good for you to pack for the kid’s school lunch, but they are also great meals to keep in the refrigerator for yourself as well.

Remember, the best way to a achieve your goals is to take everything one day at a time. Happy New Year!

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Tips On How To Get Your Child Ready For School Again

December 30, 2016 11:00 am

Getting your children back in the mindset of going back to school can be tough. After a long winter break filled with gifts, gatherings, and staying up late, getting back into the school routine seems impossible to do in one night. Although the first day back to school is around the corner, you can get your children ready for their first day back sooner than you think. Here are a few ways to get prepared for school again.

Create a launch pad.

Some of us have our shoes, bags, and Jackets by the door before work the next day, do the same for the kids. Make it fun! Cut out a nice big cardboard circle and create a “Launch Pad”! Pull out the paint, crayons, and markers for them to design their own. Every night before bed, make sure that their backpack and school essentials are on their launch pad ready for school.

Start your routine a few days earlier.

Don’t wait until the day before school to get your child to bed on time. Start a few days before so that the family isn’t stressed out Sunday night. Getting up at the time that your kids would on a school day is necessary. Bedtime won't be as rough if they are up at a decent time every morning.

Make a chart

Between getting everyone dressed or deciding what to cook for dinner, it can be a little stressful. Whatever your routine would be during the week, try putting it on the chart. Planning the week out ahead of time will save money and protect you and your children from stress.

Add a fun activity to their after school schedule

Winter break may be filled with a ton of video games and TV. Create a fun activity for after school that your child can substitute to for electronics. Find other families in the community and organize a fun evening at the park. Electronics may hinder your child from getting the extra hours of sleep.

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Following Through On Your New Years Resolution

December 13, 2016 11:01 am

Don’t just create a New Year’s resolution that you are going to give up on the middle January. Make a decision to follow through on your goals. Whatever it is that you have your mind set on, take some time to sit down and write out what it is that you want to accomplish. Statics say that 45 percent of Americans will make New Year's resolutions, eight percent of them will follow through.

Why is it that the Gym is always crowded the first two weeks of the year? Have you ever tried walking into a public gym in January around 6 pm when everyone is off work, it's ridiculous. Why is it that we make goals or resolutions and give up on them 15 days in the year? The answer is there was never a plan. There was no vision. Here are a few things to keep in mind when making your goals for the New Year.

Make a plan

Write out what you want to achieve. If it’s a goal to meet new people or lose weight, be specific. Decide on the number of new people you would like to meet. Decide on the amount of weight you want to lose. Create a timeline for yourself. Give the goal a realistic date or deadline.

Do your research

Find out what it’s going to take to achieve the goal. If you set a few goals for the New Year and you don’t have a plan on how to achieve the goal, you are only creating a wish list. Pick out a time to sit down and find out what everything you can about what you want to get done next year.

Write it down

Don’t just keep the goal in your head, but write it down. Put it on a poster board to hang on your wall. Hang multiple boards up throughout your home as a constant reminder of what you WILL achieve next year.

Write out a schedule

Whatever goal you have, you want to make sure you are taking steps each day toward your goal. If it's waking up earlier, pick a time that you desire. Decide on what you will do when you wake up. Commit to doing a dance or listen to a song that motivates you. Make it fun!

Visualize your success

Visualizing your success is critical. We all struggle with some form of the doubt every day, but that doubt can be silenced. Every day before bed or before you work on achieving your goal, visualize what it will feel like to see those results. If you are worried about cheating your diet, imagine how proud you'd feel when you are eating your meal prep when everyone else is eating pizza. A visualization is a powerful tool and will build tremendous confidence.

Forgive yourself

The most important thing to remember for the New Year is to forgive yourself. Many people make a mistake and get so down that they give up on their goal. If you cheat that diet, that’s ok, forgive yourself and rededicate yourself to achieving your goal. Don’t let one mistake define your year.

Make the decision to commit yourself fully to your goal. Share your resolutions with your spouse or friend to hold each other accountable. Make it fun and remember to focus achieving and not failing!

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