I participated in a campaign about nutritious breakfast ideas on the go on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for belVita. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
One of the things I am HORRIBLE about is making sure that I myself have a healthy, nutritious breakfast. I’m really good about making sure my family has one, but honestly, I’m usually making lunches and packing snacks for everyone while they eat breakfast, and before I know it, I’m in the car on the way to drop them at school realizing I’ve eaten nothing at all. One of my goals this (school) year is to plan out some nutritious breakfast ideas ahead of time so I can either grab and go or plan ahead.
1. belVita Soft Baked Breakfast Biscuits – these are my favorite because…well, there are chocolate flavors. AND, they are packaged, so I can easily bring them with me on the go and not worry about a huge mess. (I have long since lost count of how many times I’ve spilled food or drink on my shirt in the car).
3. Make Ahead Egg Cups (Check out my Egg, Avocado and Cheese Cups)
4. Fruit & Granola, Yogurt (and combinations)
5. Protein-packed Muffins
Now, each of these alone can be a nutritious option. Adding fruit to everything is always a good idea too. Paired together, and you’re getting a pretty decent breakfast. My favorite option of any of these options or for breakfast in general is absolutely the belVita Soft Baked Breakfast Biscuit, specifically the Oats & Chocolate flavor. Nothing personal against the Mixed Berry, I am just a chocolate girl and will always choose the Mixed Berry. My husband really likes the Mixed Berry so it’s kind of a match made in heaven for us (awwwwwwwwww, aren’t we so cute?).
Why do I love these little biscuits? They are high in fiber, and really, we all need fiber. So there’s that. But they also have iron in them, and as someone who’s been anemic on and off for much of my life, I’m always up for more ways to add a little extra iron into my diet. No artificial junk, no high fructose corn syrup. For busy mornings when I don’t have time to make my own breakfast? This is a great nutritious option for me!
• 20% Daily Value of Fiber (contains 7 grams of fat per serving)
• 11 grams of Whole Grain per 50 gram serving
• Good Source of Energy Releasing B-vitamins
• No High Fructose Corn Syrup
• No Partially Hydrogenated Oil
• No Artificial Colors, Flavors or Sweeteners
belVita has partnered with Lifestyle Mom, Dana Hilmer, to provide us with tips to ease stress as we enter Back to School season.
Easing Stress during the Busy Back to School Season
Soon families everywhere will be getting back in the school year routine. Here are some tips to help parents get ready from the Lifestyle Mom, Dana Hilmer:
- It’s important to schedule down time for you and your family. Before signing your kids up for this year’s after-school activities, think about your family’s priorities and the impact each activity will have on your schedules.
- It’s just as important for you to have a tasty, healthy breakfast as it is for your kids. Perfect for eating on the go, belVita Soft Baked Breakfast Biscuits come in two varieties, Mixed Berry and Oats & Chocolate, grab a banana and a latte and you’re good to go with nutritious morning energy.
- Take a little time each night to get organized for the following morning. By making lunches and selecting outfits before bed each night, you’ll free time each morning for other things.
- Be sure to keep healthy snacks in the kitchen for after-school snacking. Nuts, crackers and fruit are great to give kids right when they walk in the door to keep them from grazing on unhealthy snacks, or spoiling their appetites for dinner.
- Moms often complain about not having enough time for themselves, but when life gets busy, it’s even more important to carve out that time. Treat “me time” as a priority.
- Start a to-do list with three sections: the priority of the day for yourself, the priority of the day for your family and the priority of the day for your work. Start with these items, and only move on to other less important items once they’re done.
- Use Sunday nights to plan your dinners each week. If you take a few minutes to think about how you can creatively use the leftovers from one night to the next, you can create a full week’s worth of healthy, tasty dinners that your family will enjoy.
- Give yourself the freedom to say no without guilt. Activities or commitments that may not be right for your family are okay to decline. Saying NO gives you the permission to say YES to things that are important to you.
- Back-to-school season is also cold and flu season. You can keep your entire family healthy with these simple habits: eating well, getting enough rest and washing hands regularly.
- Create a network of support for yourself. This network looks different for everyone. Consider asking your partner and kids for support. They can be a great help with tasks you feel comfortable handing over.