Best Drinks For Kids

Milk is For KidsLike many things these days, a trip to the supermarket has a load of items which visually appeal to kids and get them to want to have it.  Drinks are the same, with their bright coloured bottles and fun names.  But what is the reality behind the attraction?  What are the best drinks for kids?

Great stuff

Milk is a traditional kids drink and nothing has changed.  Particularly at night, when you send your child to their bedroom with their best pillow and best bedding and favorite toys, you can give them their best drink.  Milk is high in calcium and vitamin D, which are both crucial for child’s teeth and bones.  If for some reason, your little one isn’t keen on the taste of milk, there are flavourings which can be added, say chocolate or strawberry, but watch the extras in these and avoid them at night.  Another option may be to try soy milk, which has the same amount of calcium as cow’s milk but is actually sweeter.

Water is the other drink which needs no introduction.  There’s nothing in water, no sugar or fat or additives and if it comes from the tap, it can have fluoride in it which helps stop cavities in teeth.  If your family don’t go for the taste of the tap water, add a slice of lemon or orange to it to help with the taste, or try bottled water.

Good Stuff

Fruit juices are a bit of a balancing act.  There are huge amounts of goodness in fruit juice but there is also quite a bit of natural sugar.  So, it is a case of better the best of both.  Research has shown that a toddler who drinks 4-6 ounces of pure fruit juice each day will get all the nutrients but will not gain any weight.  Depending on the fruit in it, juices can provide iron, potassium, magnesium and vitamins B6 and C but having too much can actually stop their appetite for other foods.

Making fruit into smoothies with other ingredients can be another option for the kids.  Watch the balance again with how much you let them drink and what you add to the fruit, so consider things such as soy milk or ice.  It can even be a way to get vegetables into a child who is otherwise not a fan but masking them in with strong flavoured fruits.

Drinks to avoid

While they look colourful and inviting, many fruit drinks and fizzy drinks can be high in fat or sugar or both so are generally avoided for children, especially on an evening.  Sports and energy drinks can be astonishingly high and can cause obesity as well as tooth decay.

Anything which contains caffeine is another think to avoid, and sometimes we forget just how many things have caffeine in it.  Caffeine is a stimulant so can send kids a bit hyperactive during the day, let along at night so keep away from coffee, iced tea, vitamin waters and sodas, even such as orange.  Caffeine in children has been shown to cause headaches and difficulty in concentrating as well as the effects on adults, so check the content of a drink before giving it to the kids, as it is surprising just what has caffeine in.

Conclusion

These are just a few basic ideas about what drinks may be good or not so good for the children in your household.  There are exceptions to every rule so always read the labels on the drinks as a good drink may be bad and a bad drink may be good.  But keep an eye out for hidden caffeine, especially at bedtime!

 

Camping and Cooking

Camping and cooking with the best camping stoveThere are so many wonderful things to say about camping. It’s an escape from the hectic everyday life that gets consumed by work, school, sports, honey-do lists, and so on. It’s an opportunity to get our children fascinated by Mother’s Nature’s magnificence instead of the flashing images of computers, smart phones, video games, and televisions.

 

Then there are the less obvious benefits of camping, not the least of which is eating food that’s been cooked outdoors. There’s a whole different flavor sense that comes from eating meals cooked on one of the best camping stoves. For example, waking up to the waft of bacon frying somehow makes it taste better. Spending the day fishing, swimming, or hiking amps up appetites, which enhances the taste of hot dogs and baked beans.

 

Preparation Counts

 

Depending on your children’s ages, camping can be a great opportunity to get them involved with preparing meals. These are different than your ordinary meals in many regards, and not just the environment in which they are cooked and eaten.

 

The camping experience begins before you leave home. It involves a lot of planning, including figuring out what to fix for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Ask your kids to pitch some meal ideas. If they don’t particularly enjoy grocery shopping, then delegate the packing duties to them, advising on what foods need to be kept cold and what should be kept dry.

 

Practice First

 

Also before you head out to the campground, instruct everyone on how to use the equipment. The best camping stoves will use propane tanks, which eliminate the need for charcoal and lighter fluid, and that makes it easier to learn how to operate them.

 

However, these stoves still heat up and everyone should learn how to properly handle them as well as what to do in case of emergencies. For example, teach children about the differences between a “regular” fire and a grease fire, and how each should be extinguished. Also, use the moment to review basic first-aid procedures for treating burns (and make sure your camping first-aid kit is fully stocked).

 

Cooking as a Family

 

When it comes to mealtime while in the great outdoors, invite the kids to get involved. Younger ones can gather the supplies from their storage chests or coolers. Others can cut vegetables or assemble ingredients, and the older kids can man the stove.

 

Not only will it be a nice break for parents to be relieved of some of the cooking duties, but when children are more involved with meal preparation, they are more likely to eat the food, and without complaining. Who knows, you might have a future chef on your hands.

 

Get Creative

 

Getting away from the city to enjoy the rustic beauty of the woods, lakes or deserts doesn’t necessarily mean your food choices have to be the basic hamburgers and hot dogs. Get creative with your camping cooking.

 

Depending on the size of your camping stove, you can pretty much fix anything on it that you would cook on the stove in your kitchen. For example, Dutch oven pans are great for one-pot dinners, like stew or chili. Use a skillet to make quesadillas for a quick lunch. Or, prepare certain dishes ahead of time, such as meatballs, so you can still have your favorite spaghetti and meatballs while away from home.

 

Of course, your kids will want desserts, and you don’t have to stick with S’mores. Pop popcorn on the stove in a saucepan with a dollop of vegetable oil or use the Dutch oven to cook a fruit cobbler. As a family, have fun experimenting with different camping cuisines.

Bicycle Helmets

During our childhood days we are so eager to learn many things, and learning how to ride a bike is on our list. The bicycle is also another form of transportation not only for adults, but also with kids. But as a parent, we are always mindful with the safety of our kids. With the help of kid’s bike helmets, kids will be able to freely enjoy riding bikes while parents are not worried.

For Protection

kid with bike helmet funLet us remind our kids that using kid bike helmets does not necessarily mean that they are reckless, but is used as an important means to protect them. Wearing kids bike helmets will surely protect them from head injury, an injury which might lead to a serious brain injury. It is important to remember that no matter how long or short the distance of travel, kid’s bike helmet should be worn all the time.

Helmet Standards

For the safety of children, parents should know the standard of a proper bike helmet. The bike helmet should have a sticker which meant that the proper standard was met by the product. This sticker was issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission or CPSC.

The bike helmet should also fit properly; it should not be too tight or too loose. In terms of wearing the bike helmet, it should be worn level and should cover the kid’s forehead. The straps should always be fastened. Otherwise, it will just fall off the kid’s head. The straps should be adjusted in a way that the helmet is steady at the top of the head.

After purchasing a bike helmet, it is important to take care of it. It should not be thrown around because it might cause a damage that will render it useless in serving its purpose. And after a major crash or fall, be certain to replace your bike helmet.

Helmets Are Light And Easy To Use

Parents should not worry about the weight of bike helmets because they are very light. Kids’ bike helmets come in different colors and designs. Toys R Us offers a large variety of bike helmets that comes in different shapes, sizes, colors and designs. Kids will definitely be persuaded to use bike helmets. But there is also a chance for your kid to show their creativity. If they were not able to find a bike helmet that they want, you can buy them a simple one and let them put some design on it. For example, use stickers to personalize it.

shark helmet for kid bikeBike Helmet Laws

In one of the articles on MedicineNet.com, research showed that few kids in Los Angeles County wear bike helmets in bicycle-related accidents even with the Bike Helmet Laws. This law states that bicycle rider under eighteen years old should use helmets. Most of the children not wearing a bike helmet were under the age of twelve years old. Check with your local and state government to find out what the laws are in your community.

Exercises For Kids

Giving your child a healthy diet and proper nutrition are a good start, combining it with an exercise regimen or workout makes a perfect match. Eating good food is not enough to ensure that your child will always be in perfect shape. There are workouts in various DVD materials that you could choose from. But why waste your precious bucks in that kind of stuff? There are workouts for kids that you and your child could enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

jumping jackExercises at Home

Having a workout with your kids will not only make their body in good shape and in perfect condition, it will also strengthen the bond between you and your child. Just like in any other physical activity, a little warm up is needed before you start your workout. You may include light activities such as: stretching, walking, bending and jumping jacks.

Practice and Patience

In performing these exercises for the first time, don’t put too much emphasis on your speed, correct form is more important than speed. As you go along and became familiar with the exercises, you may increase the speed. You could also modify  each exercise based on your circumstances, you may increase or decrease each repetition according to you and your child’s physical capabilities.

Most of the exercises in this workout for kids are cardiovascular in nature as well as strength building exercise. You will be able to develop your child’s agility, balance and coordination. Remember, the key is correct supervision to ensure your child’s safety.

Jumping Jacks

A form of warm-up exercise, use a jumping rope and make around 5 – 10 minutes doing the routine. It develops the legs and arm muscles.

Chair Squats

Standing about 6 inches away in front of a chair with your feet shoulder width apart and toes pointed forward. Put your weight on your heels, inhale deeply and slowly lower your body until your butt touches the chair. Exhale, make your legs straight and go back to your starting position. Make sure that you are standing behind the chair while your kids is doing the routine. It develops the lower legs and butt area.

Squat Thrust With Push

Stand straight with your feet about 12 inches apart, hands on your side. Keep your back straight as you try to crouch down by bending your knees, until both of your hands touches the floor in front of your toes. This is called the squat position. With your hands on the floor in front of your feet, move both your feet straight back out to you.

This is called the push-up position. Keeping your legs and back straight, lower your body by bending your elbows until your chest touches the ground. Now raise your body back to the ‘push-up’ position, back to the ‘squat’ position while keeping your hands on the floor. Slowly, stand up straight to go back to the starting position. Do 2 sets with ten repetitions. This exercise develops you and your kid’s legs, arm, chest and back muscles.

toe touchAlternate Toe Touch

Stand straight with your two feet about 24 inches apart, put your arms straight beside you. While keeping your arms and elbow straight, bend forward and slowly touch your left toes with your right hand by twisting your body, leaving your left arm straight above you. Return to your starting position, repeat the techniques, this time by touching your right toes with your left hand. Do 2 sets of 10 to 20 repetitions. This exercise tends to develop your legs, arms, back and shoulder muscles.

Staying in shape is fun, mostly if you are doing it with your love ones. You could also play your favorite tunes while you and your kid’s are doing these exercises, it doubles up the fun.

Kids Have a Different Food Pyramid

Nothing is more important than our kids’ health. Busy parents always find time on how to give their child and young adolescent the proper nutrition they need. Each child requires different nutritional needs as they grow, it varies with their age and the physical activity they are engaged in. The good thing is, there’s a food pyramid for kids to help us make sure we are giving them the essential nutrients they needed.

kids eating fruitThe Kid Version of the Food Pyramid

You may use Healthy Diet Pyramid as a guide in preparing your child’s meals and snacks. No specific food can give your kids all the nutrients they need. Make sure to give them a variety of food from the different food groups.

  1. Fruits and Vegetables – provides nutrients, vitamins and minerals
  2. Meat  - provides protein from lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts and legumes.
  3. Grains  – provides carbohydrates from breads, cereals, pasta and noodles.
  4. Dairy – includes milk, yogurt and cheese.

Food that is high in fat, sugar and salt should be taken in moderation if not totally avoided. Since kids nutrients and energy requirements vary from birth to pre-school and those kids who go to school, there are specific servings recommended for each food group for various age groups. Giving them the appropriate number of servings using the food pyramid for kids as a basis in their daily diet helps your child gets all the nutrients that they need.

 

Food Groups
 
 
Recommended Number Of Servings Per Day
 
6-12 months1-2 years3-6 years7-12 years13-18 years
Fruits and Vegetables1/21/2 -1121
Meat1/21/2122
Grains1-22-33-45-66-7
Dairy750 ml.750 ml.333-5

 

At a young age, it is highly recommended to train your child to get into a healthy eating habit. As they grow, they will continue to stick to a healthy regimen of nutritional foods and avoid the junk foods. Easier said than done, right?

Fat plays an important role in your kids diet, but must be taken in moderation. It helps provide energy and helps absorb and store vitamins in the body. But, too much fat, especially saturated and trans fat may lead to excessive weight gain and cause health problems like heart disease and stroke. If your child is under 2 years old, fat restriction is not recommended as he grows rapidly more energy is required to fuel his growth.

Choose Fruits and Vegetables Each Day

Get your child or children in a  daily habit of eating a selection of fruits and vegetables. Rich with vitamins and minerals most fruits are also a good source of phytochemicals (proven to help prevent cancer). Also, fruits are known to be a good source of fiber, which helps in digestion and better bowel movement. Offering your  child a variety of colored fruits and vegetables will enhance their appetite. Some kids don’t like the idea of eating fruits, but with a little imagination and creativity you may cut your colorful fruits and vegetables into different sizes and shapes that will make it in their eyes more appealing and enticing to eat. If you’re a parent that needs to be on a diet to lose some weight quickly and get your kid to eat fruits and veggies, you might want to try the gm diet as an option for a happy medium.

Dairy and Grains

glass of milkDon’t forget to include in your child’s diet, whole grain foods like, whole-meal bread, brown rice and oats as they are more nutritious than refined grain. Dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese are good sources of calcium, essential for your child’s teeth and bone development. Calcium makes your child’s bone grows longer and stronger and makes them grow taller.  Some of the variety in diet may also help you figure out sooner rather than later if your child has any food allergies especially before they start school.

As the saying goes ‘Health Is Wealth’ always remember that our child’s health and the health of our whole family as well rely on our own hands.

Dirt Bikes and Motocross

After a long day at work, you come home and your kid approaches you, gives you a warm hug and then utter these words…’Dad, I want a dirt bike’. How would you feel? Some parents may panic, some may feel ecstatic and some may feel so many mixed emotions. Then you came to realize, how fast your kid grows. But, as a very supportive parents, the next question that pops into your mind is, what type of dirt bike for kids will work?

motocrossWhy Dirt Bikes and Will It Be A Hobby?

In choosing the right dirt bike for your kids, there are several factors and other questions that you have to answer and consider. First, how serious is your child getting into the sport?  Second, is his or her age suitable enough to ride a dirt bike? Can your kids understand and apply the basic safety procedures and concerns in riding a dirt bike? What size of a dirt bike is suitable for beginners? And last but not the least, does your money in the bank or savings can afford it?

            All the answers to these questions really depend on you and your child. Nobody knows your child very well except you. If you believe that your child has a ‘can do’ attitude and never gives up so easily and your current financial condition can support your kids new hobby, then you should go for it. Finding the right dirt bike for kids and buying it does not end there, you should also brace yourself in investing in the right riding and safety gear and where your child will ride.   

What Is Motocross?

dirt bikes for kid        Basically, there are two types of motocross or dirt bike racing for kids. A more technical course, with tight corners and close jumps is a characteristic of an indoor track. Longer rides with long sweeping turns and tight corners and more rooms between jumps are usually found in the outdoor tracks. But, dirt bike riding should not be limited in these tracks, your kids could also enjoy riding their bikes on mountain trails,  desert sand dunes and wooded areas.

Buying The First One

In buying your kids first dirt bike, don’t go big-time. A 50cc dirt bike is ideal for beginners and it’s small both in the engine size and actual size of the dirt bike. You may also consider a used dirt bike, a brand new one, although small in size can be too expensive.

You may visit local clubs or meet people in the dirt bike communities to buy a used bike. In these ways, you may end up saving a lot of money in case your child found out that dirt bike riding is not really his or her stuff.

A good choice is a bike that fits your child that can be easily managed. Ideally, your child should be able to sit on the bike and reach the ground with both feet easily and securely. He or she must conveniently reach the handle bars and controls with ease. Upgrading to a bigger bike with manual clutch is easy, once your child decided to get serious with the sport you may now also consider buying a brand new dirt bike.

Test Drive

Whether you decide to buy a brand new or used dirt bike, test driving is essential. If the 50cc engine is too small for your kid and the 100cc is too big, then you may consider trying the 70cc and 80cc models.

Lastly, when deciding on what dirt bike are you going to choose for your kids, always ask for their comments and suggestions. The key is, they have to be comfortable in riding their dirt bike. After all, they are the one riding, and your just the one who is paying.

Get the Bike Size Right

Biking is a form of family activities that involves so much fun. You could ride along with your kids circling the neighborhood or you may end up visiting your favorite park. But of course, just like with any other activities our prime concern is the safety of our little ones. Kids bikes sizes vary with the age and height of your child.

When To Start Riding A Bike

trek kid bicycleAt three years old you can start teaching your child to ride a bike. Usually, kids around this age bracket may start to ride on their own using a training wheels. Kids develop enough physical strength, agility and their balance at the age of 4 and 8 years, at this age you could put away the training wheels and let them roll with just two wheels. But beware, as parents we are the ones responsible for our kids’ safety.

You should personally strictly monitor your child’s performance, some kids don’t develop enough physical strength and sense of balance until the age of 10 or more. Also, kids’ ability to control the brakes usually starts at the age of 5. Along with building your child’s physical strength, riding a bike also builds your child’s self esteem and motivation.

Wheel Diameter, Age and Height

Unlike adult bike sizes that determines by the height of seat and frame size, kids bike sizes are determined by the wheel diameter and the age and height of your child. Another factor that you should not overlook and must be considered in choosing the right bike sizes for your child is the brakes. For young kids, coaster brakes are easier to use, but this type of brakes are less common in bigger size bikes.

Coaster Brakes and Hand Brakes

Coaster brakes are replaced by hand brakes as the bike size gets bigger. Kids who are much taller compared to their age and fits into bigger size bikes equipped with hand brakes should be given special trainings / instructions on how to operate the hand brakes effectively and safely. The chart below suggests which size of bike you should choose for your child, but expert advice is still highly recommended to make your decisions.

Age
Child Height / Inseam
Wheel Diameter
2-4 years26-34 in. / 14-17 in.12 inches
4-6 years34-40 in. / 16-20 in.14 inches
5-8 years34-44 in. / 18-22 in.16 inches
6-9 years42-48 in. / 20-24 in.18 inches
9+ years48-56 in. / 24-28 in.20 - 24 inches

Ikids riding bikesnseam Measuring

To determine your child’s inseam, have him to stand straight and with legs a little apart, using a measurement tape, measure just below his crotch down to the edge or bottom of his ankle, this is your child’s inseam. Instead of using his height I suggest to use your child’s inseam because it makes your child more comfortable when he is pedaling or while he stands with the bike on both his feet.

Now that you have an idea about the different kids bike sizes and are ready to buy one, these are the additional things you have to consider in buying; the quality and type of the brakes, if your child is just starting to learn to ride choose a coaster brake as it is easy to use. The frames of the bike should be strong enough to handle abuse and chain guard should also be considered because it is proven to be effective in preventing shoe laces and pant legs from being caught between the chain and the chain ring that may cause fatal accidents.

Practice Soccer Drills

Getting your kids into the sport is a good thing, especially when they get involved with it at a young age. Several sports are advisable, and soccer is a good choice. Although soccer is a very physical game, it develops not only their physical strength but also their mental ability. Crucial decisions are made in every soccer game, either to pass the ball or go for the goal. There’s a lot of soccer drills for kids that they can practice, alone or with a friend that gives them a good kick-start.

Types of Drills

A good soccer player must be very keen on handling the ball, that’s why he or she must kid socceralways practice different dribbling drills. There are various types of drills that will enhance your kids dribbling skills. A classic drills in dribbling that will enhance your kids’ ability to maneuver the ball is called Knockout. Designed for kids in the age bracket under 6 up to under 12 years old.

The set up is simple, create a large circle with cones as a marker. Put your kid in the center together with 3 or more of his teammates, each with a ball of his own. The drills objective is that, each player must try to kick out of bounds other players’ balls while protecting his or her own ball. The players who kick out most numbers of his opponent balls wins.

Passing

Another must for a great soccer player is his ability to play as part of a team. This skill can be improved by passing drills. A type of passing drill that can be practiced by your kids together with his team is called, Keep Your Yard Clean, designed for kids U6 to U10, the drills objective is to clear your yard of soccer balls. Set up, two 40 X 40 yard grid next to each other. Compose two equal teams on each grid. Each player has its own ball.

At the coaches signal (whistles), the players will try to pass the balls from their yard into their opponents yards. After 5 minutes of play, the coach will blows their whistles to signal the end of the game. The team with the least number of balls in their yard wins.

Shooting For Goals

soccerball In a soccer game, the game is won by making a goal. The team who makes the most number of goals at the end of the games wins, that is the reason why every player should  have a very good shooting skills. The Shooting Game is a form of soccer drills for kids that can enhance your child’s shooting ability. Create two lines about 30 yards apart and put cones in the middle that will serve as the goal.

The game starts after the coach gives the ball to a team on one side, the opposing teams then send a player into the goal. Player 1 will shoots the ball towards the goal to make a score. If the goalie blocks the shots and make a save, he will roll the ball back to his team and goes behind the line with the rest of his team.

Player 1 who shot the ball will now become the goalkeeper. The opposing team player will then try to take a shot on player 1. If he makes a score or miss the shot, the ball will be turned over to the other side. The player who takes the shot will now be the goalkeeper and player 1 will come back to his team. In the process it will become a fast paced shooting game.

There are other drills that will help your kids to excel in the game but nothing beats the support and encouragement that we as parents can give to them.

Games With Water

We think of ways on how our children could enjoy their vacation and make the most out of it. For parents alike, this is also the perfect time to spend quality time with our little ones and the opportunity to let them feel how important they are to us. Here are the suggestions for water games for kids that we can do in our own backyard too.

water balloonsSplash and Score

This water game enhances our child hand’s and eye coordination. What you will need is, 1 bucket and 1 plastic bat for every two players, 6 water balloons per player (for each game) or more depending on how your child will enjoy the game. Fill the bucket with water up to the brim and line them. Divide the kids into two teams / groups. The first team will be the throwers and the other team will be the receivers. Line up the throwers several yards from the bucket and let them try to toss the balloons inside the bucket.

Each balloon that goes inside the bucket is equivalent to one point. On the other side, member of the receiving team may either sit or kneels (depends on what position they are comfortable) while holding a plastic bat in their hands will make a swing and try to block the incoming water balloons. Make sure that the water buckets are far apart so that batters will not hit each other. After two tosses the throwers and the receivers will exchange places, until each player has a chance to play both (receivers and throwers). The team / group that makes the highest number of points after 3 rounds win the game.

Splash Volleyball

This type of water games enhances not only the hands and eye coordination of your child but also improves their flexibility and dexterity. All you need is a water filled kiddie pool that will serve as a net and a large sponge as the ball. The games can be played with two or more players. Players standing on the opposite side of the pool takes a turn in serving and volley back and forth the sponge over the pool.

Once the sponge hits the ground, the player on the opposite side gets a point. If it landed in the pool, the player who last touched the sponge loses a point and he must enter the pool to retrieve it and squeeze it out to resume the game. First team to earn ten points win the game.

Water Limbo

It could be considered the most simple water games for kids. All you need is a water hose and garden hosea bright sunny day. Gather all your kids’ friends dressed in an outfit that is ready  to get wet. Use the hose with a strong supply of water as a hurdle that the kids will have to cross without getting wet. Pop up the fun by lowering the hose, making it more difficult for the kids to make it to the other side without getting soaked.

Any of these activities are easy to do and keep your kids active.  These are only a few of the water games for kids that your child will surely love.

Don’t Skip Breakfast

During our younger years we always heard our parents say, especially our mother to eat our breakfast every single morning. Now that we became parents ourselves, we keep on saying the banana healthy breakfast for kidssame line to our kids over and over again. We came to realize the importance of breakfast not only for our kids, but also to ourselves. Thus, the search for healthy breakfast for kids starts to be one of our main goals as a loving and caring parent. We must also remember that a good night of rest on the best pillow is important too.

 

What A Good Breakfast Is

Why is breakfast so important? Research shows that a healthy breakfast is essential to our growing kids, it fuels their bodies to start the day right. A good breakfast should contain the essential nutrients a growing kid really needs. Food that is high in calories, sugar and fats are not a good choice. Every morning we should encourage our kids to eat a variety of foods that includes; fruits, vegetables, whole grains, foods that are rich in protein (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dry beans, nuts and seeds) dairy products (low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese and yogurt).

Healthy Breakfast for Kids

Traditional breakfast ideas that are also considered to be a healthy breakfast for kids are; French toast, waffles or pancakes (a variety of whole grain or wheat), cold cereal or milk, fruit smoothie, whole grain toast, English muffins with cheese or bagel, hot cereal, such as oatmeal or cream of wheat, you could make a variation by adding some nuts or fruits on top and yogurt oatmealalso with fruits or nuts.

Why do kids tend to skip breakfast every morning and how it affects their performance in school? Kids skip breakfast due to the fact that most of them sleep too late, the reason why they also wake up late and always on the rush to make it to school on time. Some kids think that skipping breakfast helps them to stay thin. But on the contrary, they are not aware that people who skip breakfast fail to maintain a healthy weight and consume more calories throughout the day that leads them to become overweight or worse, ending up to be obese.

Keep Learning Fresh

Kids who don’t eat breakfast are slow learners. Their ability to learn things in school is being affected. They get less iron (an essential nutrient) in their diets. While kids who religiously take their breakfast every morning perform better, more active in participating in every physical activity.

Choices

Would you like your kids to have their breakfast every morning? Perhaps, you could involve them in the preparation. Most kids are anxious with the result of their works and there are a number of easy to prepare breakfast meals that you and your kids would love to make.

1.)   Healthy Pancakes – made with 100 percent whole wheat flour

2.)   Crunchy Granola Wedges – substitute your favorite fruits, nuts and seeds for the sunflower seeds or dried cranberries.

3.)   Honey Oat Quick Bread – with pleasant flavor, moist and tender crumbs that go with a variety of soup or chowder.

4.)   Banana Cocoa Soy Smoothie – a morning meal that taste like a super sundae. Protein packed smoothie that keeps your kids running until lunchtime.

5.)   Bagel Gone Bananas – a grab and go breakfast. Topped with nut butter and banana slices, can be prepared in 5 minutes or less.

child eating breakfast6.)   Pineapple Upside-Down Muffins – these unusual muffins are packed with vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

7.)   Breakfast Parfait – a little low fat dairy paired with your chosen or favorite fruits full of vitamins that start your kids’ day right.

There are other easy to prepare healthy breakfast for kids that you could choose from. But there is only one ingredient that makes these meals so special, and that is the time you spent with your kids preparing them.