Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Moms are very busy and the morning  can be stressful with making breakfast.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately, many of us neglect breakfast. And there’s a lot of evidence to suggest that your body and mind will suffer unless you have a healthy breakfast each morning. bfast-makeover-morning-600x411

You spend six to eight hours sleeping. After that time, your body needs fuel to keep going. Without breakfast at home, your options for on the run nutrition may amount to too much fat, too much sugar and too many carbs. And, that convenient run to the fast food joint is not as convenient and time saving as you think if everyone else has the same idea. The fifteen or twenty minutes spent in line could have been used to fill your belly with something good at home.

If you are the type to skip breakfast, here is a solution to starting the day with a good breakfast which will help you keep hunger in check as well as give you the natural energy boost to start your day.bfast1

1. Oatmeal – This food makes a good hot meal that contains lots of filling fiber to keep you from getting hungry later on in the morning. Depending on your taste, you can take five minutes to fix it on the stove or use the microwave for instant oatmeal. Kids tend to like the variety of flavors that come with instant oatmeal. The night before, put together a container of add-ins like blueberries, strawberries and bananas that can be tossed on top for a bit of antioxidant power.

2. Fruit smoothies – These are good any morning but particularly on a hot day. You’ll have to blend the ingredients together in the morning, but the prep work can be done at night. Cube your fruit and place it into a container. Instead of frozen yogurt in the morning, use a cup of plain yogurt. Add ice cubes, a little water and blend.

3. Egg sandwich – The eggs can be cooked the night before and placed in a sealed container. In the morning, warm up the eggs in the microwave. If you want, add some chopped veggies or shredded cheese. Serve on toasted wheat bread. The night before, place two pieces of bread into a Ziploc bag for each family member. They can toast their bread as they get up and place the sandwich in the bag for easy transport in the car to work or school.

4. Yogurt with granola and fruit – Some people like to eat yogurt. But, yogurt by itself won’t keep you from being hungry. Add some granola and a few blueberries to the mix. This makes a great breakfast idea for those mornings when you are running late. Keep small bags of granola and blueberries in the fridge next to the yogurt so you can grab them and run.

Are you fighting the breakfast battle? To get a filling meal you don’t have to opt for too much fat, calories or carbs. These quick and easy breakfast ideas can be made within minutes and are a much healthier alternative to skipping breakfast or grabbing a high fat alternative.

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Work-at-home moms bear a unique set of burdens as they attempt to blend job and family commitments under one roof. Maintaining professionalism while wiping noses and convincing outsiders that flexibility isn’ t all it s cracked up to be can put even the most organized to the test. Amid all the other duties of life, the work-at-home mom often discovers that feeding her soul is the biggest challenge of them all. Work-at-home mom: take a deep breath and Do Life Different as you allow these devotions for work-at-home moms to fill the vacuum of your needy heart in the chaos of your busy world.

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Avoiding Holiday Stress

Avoiding Holiday Stress

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Avoiding holiday stress this holiday season is a stressful one for most everyone. There’s pressure to create the “perfect” holiday, while somehow keeping your sanity. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season, combined with travel, financial struggles, and family issues can be enough to make anyone want to throw in the towel. It’s impossible to avoid the holiday stress completely, but you can minimize it by following some of our simple tips.

Make a List and Check it Twice

Old St. Nick has the right idea. To make sure all your holiday tasks get accomplished sit down and make a list of all the things that need to be done. Include sub lists of gifts you need to purchase, special holiday food items you’ll need and the names of your Christmas card recipients. The more organized you can keep yourself the lesser the chances something will get overlooked—which will just compound your stress. Lists are an excellent way to keep track of everything, without relying on your over stressed brain.

Another option is to look outside the home for holiday help. Friends or other family members will be going through the same holiday chaos you are so team up with them. Offer to watch any younger children for them while they do their Christmas shopping. While you have the kids get them all involved in a Christmas related task such as helping to bake cookies. Bake enough for your family and the family of your friend or relative. Now switch roles and get your shopping done while the other person takes in your children and helps get some of your baking done. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Shop Smart

Before you purchase a single gift, your first task should be to set a holiday spending budget. Then do the best you can to stick to it. There’s nothing more stressful than going into serious debt due to wild spending habits so make a solid commitment to stick within your means. If this means small gifts, homemade gifts, or down-sizing your gift list, so be it! You don’t want to be juggling credit card bills come January.

While the children of your household will likely have a Christmas wish list as long as your arm there’s nothing wrong with limiting the amount of presents under the tree. Explain to older children that while an idea list is perfectly fine they shouldn’t expect to unwrap every new toy that’s come onto the market since last Christmas. Kids often don’t have a concept of just how much their wish list costs and those asking for presents from Santa will think those toys are free. Explain to them that even Santa has a limit, whether you choose to use space or budget, and that they’ll have to keep their expectations realistic.

Avoid Playing Family Feud

Often times dealing with family dynamics is the most stressful holiday task of them all. When getting together with family don’t pick those times to bring up or deal with past issues. While some members of your family may drive you crazy take a deep breath and try to let it slide. If there are certain family members that are nearly unbearable it’s usually best to limit the time spent with them. This may mean re-evaluating whether or not you really need to spend every Christmas with them or if you can get away with alternating between them and others whose company you really enjoy.

Take Time for Yourself

Don’t be afraid to set some time aside just for you. Those who have children can pick an evening and make it a “date night”. You can choose to spend this night anyway you wish whether that means getting a babysitter and having a nice night out or putting the kids to bed early and just spending some quiet time together at home.

By planning ahead, shopping smart, minimizing family struggles, and taking time for yourself, you can manage your stress this holiday season. After the holidays are over, take notes of what worked for you this year, as well as what didn’t. you’ll be able to apply the lessons learned next year, and hopefully have an even saner holiday!

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