by Sarah Muntel, RD
Here we are – it’s the end of 2020, and it’s a year like no one expected. This year has affected each of us in different ways, but it is important to remember that it has also affected our kids. Cancelled activities, parents working from home and virtual school have all thrown a wrench in everyone’s routine. How can we keep our kids on schedule in these crazy times?
As many parents are finding out, it can be a challenge to motivate your child to complete school virtually. Before this year, they became used to going to school with their friends and learning in person. Now, some kids are stuck behind the computer all day and may not get to see their friends at all. Here are some ways you can keep them motivated and on a positive track:
Kids need a balanced breakfast to get them motivated for the day, even if it means they won’t be leaving home. Serve the breakfast below with a side of low-sugar yogurt and fresh fruit or an award-winning breakfast!
Recipe from GimmeDelicious.com
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease muffin tin with butter or cooking spray or line with liners. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
In another large bowl, beat the mashed bananas, eggs, honey, olive oil, milk, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and mix until fully combined. Do not over-mix.
Divide mixture evenly into 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle with rolled oats and cinnamon if desired.
Bake muffins for 20 to 25 minutes.
The normalcy of sports and social interaction may also have changed for your child this year. It’s important to keep kids active and make sure that their days don’t just consist of virtual schooling and watching TV. Here are some fun ways you can keep your kids healthy and happy:
After a long day of keeping your kids healthy and entertained, dinner may be the last thing on your mind. Here is an easy and healthy recipe for those fun-filled nights:
Recipe from TheSkinnyTaste.com
Dice the chicken into small pieces. Combine taco seasoning in a small bowl and set aside.
To make the Pico de Gallo, combine 3 tablespoons of diced onion, tomato, cilantro, 2 teaspoons of lime juice and a quarter teaspoon of salt into a bowl. Set aside.
Add oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add the chicken and cook until it starts to brown, 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the remaining onion, Poblano pepper and taco seasoning to the skillet and cook until it softens, 2 to 3 minutes. Add half a cup of water and the corn. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, then remove from heat.
Divide rice in 4 bowls, top with chicken, cheese, Pico de Gallo and sour cream (optional).
What your child eats is important! A lack of routine can lead to an all-out eat fest with everyone home during the day. While you are home, your day can easily turn into a handful of cereal in the morning, a pastry mid-morning and back to the fridge before lunch. Sound familiar? How you choose food and how you prepare it can make all the difference.
Here are some ways that you can keep your child’s meals healthy and fun:
Every family has their own traditions or things that they look forward to on the weekends or in the evening. Try finding a “new normal” in light of the things you used to do.
During these uncertain and trying times, making a “new normal” for your kids can mean the world to them. It might even help you too! Get creative and make the most out of what you have.
About the Author:
Sarah Muntel, RD, is a registered dietitian from Indianapolis, IN. She has worked in the field of bariatrics for the past 18 years, working with both bariatric and metabolic surgery patients as well as medical weight loss patients. Sarah is an active member of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and frequently contributes to OAC’s Weight Matters Magazine and Your Weight Matters Blog.
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