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Nutrition for kids

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Nutrition for kids

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bluemoon-for-webWhen Kids Don’t Eat Lunch at School – Start with a Hearty Breakfast!

Did you know that 1 in 3 children in the United States suffer from asthma, allergies, ADHD or autism? It’s shocking but true! Increasingly children are suffering from contemporary chronic childhood illnesses – problems that were virtually nonexistent 40 – 50 years ago. At Bluemoon Acupuncture and Wellness Center, we would like to inspire, educate and enlighten parents with tools and tips to keep kids healthy naturally. It’s all about finding ways to support the body and make it stronger.

Here is a basic morning strategy. Avoid sugary foods like Nutella, juice, all cereals, white and processed foods since they have a high glycemic index. Your child will be hungry about an hour after breakfast if they eat processed, sugary foods. Nutella and cereal commercials promoting their foods like they’re healthy breakfast choices! If you have any of these foods in the house, TOSS THEM IN THE TRASH! If your kids don’t eat lunch at school, you’re going to have to get up early and cook them breakfast. There is just no way around this, but you can save time by cooking up large batches of pancakes on the weekend or doing the prep work the night before. You’ll also need to give your kids plenty of time to eat these large and healthy breakfasts.

Here are some breakfast ideas

1. Serve Lunch for Breakfast! Why not? I’ve served ham & cheese breakfast sandwiches, egg sandwiches, Bacon sandwiches, egg & cheese burritos. 2. Classic Breakfast: Eggs, Bacon or Sausage & Fruit. Apple Chicken sausage is great morning treat! TIP: Look for brands without nitrates that use organic meats. 3. Multi-Grain Pancakes, Organic Canadian Bacon & Fruit – add things like oats, cottage cheese, lots of eggs to make the pancakes filling. Reduce syrup intake by mixing butter with the syrup or blending blueberries, butter and maple syrup in the blender. TIP: soak oats overnight before cooking with them to make them easier to digest. 4. Homemade

2. Classic Breakfast: Eggs, Bacon or Sausage & Fruit. Apple Chicken sausage is great morning treat! TIP: Look for brands without nitrates that use organic meats.3. Multi-Grain Pancakes, Organic Canadian Bacon & Fruit – add things like oats, cottage cheese, lots of eggs to make the pancakes filling. Reduce syrup intake by mixing butter with the syrup or blending blueberries, butter and maple syrup in the blender. TIP: soak oats overnight before cooking with them to make them easier to digest. 4. Homemade

3. Multi-Grain Pancakes, Organic Canadian Bacon & Fruit – add things like oats, cottage cheese, lots of eggs to make the pancakes filling. Reduce syrup intake by mixing butter with the syrup or blending blueberries, butter and maple syrup in the blender. TIP: soak oats overnight before cooking with them to make them easier to digest.

4. Homemade breads or crepes with nut or seed butter. When you make zucchini or banana bread homemade reduce the sugar content and add foods like almond meal, quinoa flakes, etc. to boost protein content. Then slather on the nut or seed butter. Kids love sunflower seed butter as it has a similar taste to peanut butter but a contains more omega-3 fats. 5. Serve breakfast with a glass of whole/raw organic milk or coconut milk for those with

5. Serve breakfast with a glass of whole/raw organic milk or coconut milk for those with diary allergies. TIP: Coconut milk is my favorite diary alternative because it has lots of medium chain fatty acids which are beneficial to the immune system and the brain!

6. Smoothies. This is a summer time or on-the-go favorite. A basic smoothie recipe always has 1 cup of coconut milk, 1 cup frozen fruit, and 20 grams no-sugar protein powder and 1/4 cup spinach (which you can’t taste). Then mix and match seasonal fruit, a little banana (not too much), nut butter or a little natural unsweetened cocoa powder. YUM! Breakfast can be challenging, but it really is the MOST important meal of the day to help our kids boost their brain power and get a great start at school.

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