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Out of This World Oats

Oatmeal is a delicious whole grain breakfast to warm you up on a cold morning. Try topping your oatmeal with dried or sliced fruit or a handful of nuts to make it your own.

Recipes to try:

Think Beyond Dinner

If evenings are too hectic at your house, consider other meals for family time such as a weekend brunch or even afternoon snack time.

Time Saving Tip!

With school soon to be back in session, mornings can get busy, so keep breakfast simple with a smoothie, muffin or egg sandwich.

Recipes to try:

Mother’s Day Breakfast

Looking for a way to say show mom some love on Sunday?  Check out this Mother’s Day Menu!  This healthy and delicious breakfast is the perfect way to start the day.  Plus, it’s inexpensive and easy to prepare.  Happy Mother’s Day!

How to Get Teens to Eat Breakfast

It might be a challenge to get teenagers to do anything, but getting them to eat the most important meal of the day doesn’t have to be.

Sally Squires, who writes the Lean Plate Club™ blog, has tips on how to get teens to eat breakfast.

Studies suggest 60 percent of U.S. teens don’t eat breakfast every day and 14 percent skip breakfast more or all days of the week, according to Squires.

She said that parents can make breakfast easy for teens by having food they can grab and eat, such as breakfast burritos, smoothies, yogurt, egg sandwiches and bagels.

“You know they’re going to be sleepy,” Squires said, suggesting parents give teens something to grab on the go such as cut-up cheese or nuts.

Moreover, parents can encourage teenagers to eat breakfast by modeling good habits and eating breakfast themselves.

Make this Valentine’s Day Family Day

Fun ways to show share your love with your family on Valentine’s Day:

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Grab yourself a heart shaped cookie cutter or toast press and enjoy spending time chatting with your family before your day begins.

2. Rethink the gifting thing

These little ideas below are special, unique and will not blow the bank – we found them on the internet just for you:

  • Send A Letter Of Appreciation:  How about sending a simple letter to your loved ones detailing how grateful you are to have them in your life. Kids feel loved when we notice who they are and what they contribute to us, our family, and the world.  
  • Make a Homemade Valentine:  Kids feel loved when we spend time making something for them, rather than buying it.  Why not make Valentines? 
  • A gift certificate for a back rub or foot massage every night for a month:  Kids feel loved when we listen to them and give them an opportunity to talk through their daily challenges.  Every single day, spend 15 minutes snuggling with each child before bed.  Most kids love a back rub and hand or foot rub.  

3. Keep the momentum going

  • Send the kids to school with little paper hearts with love notes into their school bags, or lunch boxes.
  • Plan a fun dinner for all the family. 
  • Play the praise game. Round the dinner table, or maybe after dinner on the sofa, take a minute to pass on a few words about why you all love each other.  

 

OCPS School Meal Prices for 2017-18

Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) offers OCPS students meals under the guidance of the USDA. The mission of the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services is “to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthful diet, and nutrition education.

Please note the prices for the 2017-2018 OCPS student school meals.

Status Type Breakfast Lunch
Free  $            –  $      –
Reduced  $       0.30  $ 0.40
Paid (Elementary)  $       1.35  $ 1.90
Paid (Secondary)  $       1.75  $ 2.75
Adult  $       2.75  $ 3.75

Click here for more information, including the school breakfast and lunch menus.

How to Make Breakfast Foods for Kids Healthier

Breakfast is an especially important meal for school-age kids. Eating a healthy breakfast fuels kids’ brains and bodies and helps them concentrate and stay focused during the school day. In fact, numerous studies have shown that kids who eat breakfast have higher cognitive function and regularly perform better at school.

But the kinds of foods kids eat for breakfast is important, too. Grabbing a quick breakfast that’s high in sugar, saturated fat, preservatives, and other unhealthy ingredients can not only be unhealthy for kids, but may have a negative effect on their energy levels and their ability to learn.

Here are tips to create healthier versions of some of the most popular breakfast foods for kids.

1. Donuts
Donuts and pastries such as Danishes and croissants are typically loaded with sugar and saturated fat.

Better breakfast option: Whole-grain toast with natural nut butter and jam with a glass of low-fat milk.

2. Frozen ham sandwiches on croissants
These calorie and saturated-fat bombs may be convenient (you can just microwave them and go), but giving your child this every single day is a bad idea.

Better breakfast option: Make a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs the night before and warm it up in the morning. Or make an egg and low-fat cheese sandwich with a whole-grain English muffin or bread.

3. High-sugar cereal with whole milk
In a recent survey, the Environmental Working Group found that children’s cereal contained an average of 40 percent more sugar than adult cereals.

Better breakfast option: Switch to whole-grain cereal that’s low in sugar and give your child low-fat milk instead of whole milk to cut down the amount of saturated fat in his diet. Read the cereal-box labels and look for ones that have at least 3 grams of fiber and no more than 7 to 10 grams of sugar per serving. If your child wants something sweet, you can always add some berries or some banana slices to the cereal.

4. Fruit drinks/fruit punches
Look for labels that say “100 percent fruit juice,” which is what The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends. To cut down the amount of sugar your child gets, look for juices that don’t have added sugar and water it down before serving it to your child.

Better breakfast option: Skip the juice and give your child whole fruits instead. Or whip up a smoothie made with a banana, apples, kale, ice cubes, and other nutritious whole foods for a healthy breakfast drink.

5. Bagels with cream cheese
An entire bagel with full-fat cream cheese is high in calories and fat.

Better breakfast option: Give your child a mini whole-wheat bagel (or 1/2 a bagel) with a healthy topping such as low-fat cream cheese, nut butter, egg, or a turkey.

6. Muffins
These are often loaded with saturated fat and sugar.

Better breakfast option: Make your own. Bake up a batch of mini muffins using less sugar and healthier ingredients such as whole wheat flour, carrots, raisins, and nuts. The best part: You can make these when you have some time and freeze them. Then you can simply warm them up in the morning with some fruit and yogurt as part of a healthy breakfast for kids. And if you’re running late, they’re portable, too!

7. Cereal bars or granola bars
While these may sound healthy, breakfast and snack bars can be wildly different in how much nutritious (and unhealthy) ingredients they contain. Some granola and cereal bars can be laden with refined carbs, sugar, and preservatives, and may be no better nutritionally than a candy bar.

Better breakfast option: The key is to read the nutrition labels and try to stick to those that are low in sugar and fat and have more whole-grain and other healthy ingredients and fewer preservatives.  Look for bars that are made from whole nuts, fruits, and whole grains to provide fiber, protein, and other important nutrients.

As a general rule, try to combine three food groups–whole grains, lean protein, and fruit or vegetables–when planning a healthy breakfast for kids. Find recipes that you can make ahead to save time in the morning, and read labels carefully to make sure you steer clear of sugar, saturated fats, and preservatives. And since many of these healthy breakfast options can double as lunch ideas, you can also put them in your child’s school lunch box to make her lunch healthier, too!

Breakfast is Essential

If your kids tend to head out the door without breakfast, that’s a habit you’ll want to change. Breakfast is an essential start to the day.

The American Academy of Pediatrics mentions these potential breakfast benefits:

  • Improved memory.
  • Improved test scores.
  • Less irritability.
  • Increased attention span.
  • Healthier body weight.
  • Improved nutrition.

Did you know your school’s menu, breakfast and lunch, is available online and for your mobile device?  Check them out here:

Orange County Public Schools menus

Orange County Public Schools mobile menu

Do your children attend a school outside of OCPS?  Click here.

Hungerford Elementary

 

Congratulations to the Hungerford Elementary students, staff, and parents for all they are doing to promote health and wellness within their school.  Hungerford Elementary students are healthy and ready to learn!

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