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Simple Morning Healthy Breakfast Ideas from Florida Citrus

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Between attempting to get your kids out the door and on the bus in time for school and yourself geared up for the busy day’s agenda – quality time with your family each morning frequently gets brushed aside. In spite of the flurry that weekday mornings oftentimes bring, coming up with healthy breakfast ideas and time to briefly touch base over day-to-day activities can set the whole tone for the day ahead.

Each morning when my girls were younger (before we even had a computer) our family always had the local television morning news on.  Our newspaper always arrived by 6:30 am.  We’d discuss the breaking news of the day, front-page newspaper headlines and current affairs over a quick breakfast of fresh orange juice, cereal and milk, homemade pancakes or toast and English muffins.  At least the girls would go off to school with some idea of what was going on at the moment in the world around them.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

To help families get the emotional and physical fuel needed to start their day off right, the Florida Department of Citrus recently partnered with parenting expert and author, Dr. Michele Borba and nutritionist and author, Elizabeth Ward, to offer simple and healthy morning solutions. To help ensure a few moments of quality time together, designate time in your family’s normal morning routine as “unplugged time” – time without turning on the television, computer or video games. Additionally, a nutritious breakfast has been associated with weight loss and weight maintenance, as well as improved nutrient intake,[1] so sit down with your family around the breakfast table or grab something on the go – you’ll help each person get a good start to the day.

Some Meaningful Morning Ideas:

* Share a joke and have a laugh with your kids;
* Give each member of your family a bear hug on their way out the door;
* Squeeze in a nutritious breakfast with your family, including a glass of 100 percent orange juice;
* Create a new goodbye ritual with your kids or grandkids, like a fun handshake or funny saying.

For more information on 100 percent Florida orange juice, visit Florida Juice or like the Florida Citrus Facebook Page

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[1] U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. 7th Edition, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, December 2010.

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. Opinions are my own.

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