Morning Connection

by Kelsey Norwood

in Mom Central Tour,Sponsored

{I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Florida Department of Citrus and received an OJ Gift Pack and a promotional item as a thank you for my participation.}

Our children are still very young and we haven’t gotten to that super busy morning stage where everyone is going a different direction. We spend every morning together, and it’s one of my favorite times – everyone is fresh and ready for the day.

healthy breakfast ideas

We start out with a healthy breakfast together with no television or other interruptions.

We like to have:

  • fresh or bottled fruit
  • steel cut oatmeal
  • whole grain cereal
  • orange juice
  • toast & jam

granola recipe

And for very special mornings, we have smoothies or homemade granola. They are our very favorite things.

For us, the key to connecting in the morning is having that meal together and I really try to let my two boys call some of the shots (like what to have for breakfast) and I try to talk to them about what they like. Our conversations are varied and unpredictable, but my boys love breakfast time!

Here are some tips from Florida Citrus and Elizabeth Ward, M.S., R.D., about how to have great mornings and a healthy family lifestyle:

  • Eating a nutritious breakfast can help with weight loss and maintenance
  • Eating breakfast can help you have more energy throughout the day
  • 100% fruit juices (like Florida orange juice) counts as almost 25% of of recommended daily fruit servings
  • 100% orange juice is more nutrient rich than other fruit juices

So turn off the TV, computer, etc. in the mornings, have breakfast together, and share a glass of orange juice before everyone splits for the day. You’ll enjoy better healthy and better family relationship!

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1 Torri May 24, 2011 at 7:46 am

I would really love to have healthy breakfasts! Do you have recipes for your steel-cut oatmeal , whole grain cereal, and homemade granola? How do you keep it from being boring? I get bored with oatmeal really fast. Whatever is in your picture though looks so good! Thanks for this post!

2 Kelsey May 26, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Torri, the granola recipe is here:

And here’s the steel cut oatmeal recipe (from America’s Test Kitchen):

Boil 1 c. milk & 3 c. water. Add 1 c. steel cut oats and simmer on low for 20 minutes. Add 1/4 t. salt and some brown sugar and simmer for another 10-15 minutes.

We eat it with peanut butter or craisins and we never get tired of it!

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