Move Over Milkshakes – The Best Breakfast Smoothies

Move Over Milkshakes – The Best Breakfast Smoothies

Kids love smoothies because they think they’re milkshakes. Parents wouldn’t dare serve ice cream concoctions for breakfast, but the kids won’t realize how nutritious their smoothies are when you make them taste so satisfying. Give your kids a healthy drink before school that’ll have them convinced you’ve lost your marbles and made milkshakes. When you blend up the ingredients and pour out something sweet and smooth, you’ll have them fooled. Honey Banana Oat Smoothie You’ll Need: 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats (dry) 1 medium ripe banana ½ cup plain Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons honey 1 cup low fat milk 5-6 ice cubes Plop everything in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass and serve. It’s a drinkable oatmeal that’s especially unique. “Pumpkin Pie” Smoothie Ingredients: 3/4 cup canned pumpkin purée 1 small ripe banana 1 cup soymilk 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 teaspoons light brown sugar 5-6 ice cubes Blend all ingredients until combined and creamy and pour into a glass. Sprinkle some extra nutmeg and cinnamon on top for a kick. Almond Butter Apple Smoothie What’s In It: 2 tablespoons almond butter 1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and diced 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce 1 cup almond milk 2 tablespoons maple syrup 5-6 ice cubes Combine all ingredients in the blender until creamy and frothy. Pour and serve. Kids may enjoy some extra apple slices to dunk. Do you make smoothies for your kids? What’s your favorite recipe? For more information like this, please visit All My Children’s blogs. By: Melissa A. Kay...
Warm Up This Winter The Fun Way

Warm Up This Winter The Fun Way

Winter is upon us, with chilly weather that makes us all want to stay inside. When the snow starts piling up and icicles form nearly instantly, it’s time to snuggle up and stay warm. What better way to do so than with loved ones? Sure, “vegging out” on the couch and watching TV or playing video games is one way to pass the time, but there’s more fun to be had when outdoor play is too treacherous. Here are some ideas for family time during the winter, especially on those days when school is closed due to the weather. Hot Cocoa And Cookies Treats are tempting, particularly when tummies are grumbling. Kids love to help out in the kitchen, so get to baking and be creative. Mix in chocolate chips, nuts, and raisins, and top your cocoa with fresh whipped cream and marshmallows. Yum! Family Slumber Party Get the whole gang together in the family room with plenty of blankets, pillows, and sleeping bags. Tell jokes and share stories. Everyone can pile up and fall asleep on the floor, then wake up when the sun rises for breakfast, picnic-style. Dance And Karaoke Show off your talents (or lack thereof) as you move and groove. Play some music, sing along, and have a mini dance party to liven up the mood. Holiday tunes are perfect this time of year to raise spirits and bring smiles. What do you enjoy doing with your family when you’re stuck indoors? Share your ideas and we’ll give ‘em a try! For more information like this, please visit All My Children’s blogs. By: Melissa A....
Remaining Thankful…Even After Thanksgiving

Remaining Thankful…Even After Thanksgiving

Family and friends enjoyed their visit and the leftovers are all gone. Another Thanksgiving celebration is in the books, and the festive holiday season is swinging into high gear. Aside from the feasts and family gatherings, we gave thanks for the blessings we have in life, appreciation for our good fortune, and acknowledged those in our lives who’ve made an impact. Smiles, good vibes, and full bellies remind us to show gratitude, and we do so without a second thought. But what about after Thanksgiving? Most folks slip back into their regular routines, forgetting the few moments when gratefulness felt like such a gift. It’s not that we’re unappreciative all of a sudden, but we don’t tend to express our thanks with the same “oomph.” Start A New Family Tradition Kids love going ‘round the Thanksgiving table to share what they’re most thankful for. Why not do this every day? During dinner or at another time when you’re all together, each family member can share something positive, what they’re happy about, thankful for, or owe a “shout out” to. It doesn’t have to be something grand or even that great. The idea is to remind everyone that there is always something to cherish, even when the day didn’t go perfectly. Begin a new family tradition and get everyone on board. Giving thanks isn’t a once-a-year activity. Daily doses of gratefulness go a long way. They are a reminder that the glass can always be seen as half-full, there’s always a silver lining, and even hard times have their hopes. We at AMC hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and...
Fall Happenings At All My Children

Fall Happenings At All My Children

There’s so much going on at AMC. Here’s a recap of what we’ve been doing this fall. All the kids are having a great year so far, and we love sharing the info with you all. Enjoy, and stay tuned for more happenings to come. Professional Development At AMC  Our Educational Coordinators have been busy this month training staff on developing their social and emotional curricula. They collaborated and presented workshops focusing on positive behavior management as well as social and emotional learning. The teachers were presented with cutting-edge research on positive reinforcement, videos on how to successfully implement behavior management, and activities and role playing that reinforced each tool. The teachers are excited about implementing their new experiences within the classrooms to create a positive and supportive emotional environment. AMC @ the UWS Exploring Pumpkins… It’s always fun to decorate pumpkins in the fall. The UWS kids had a blast using their creativity. Halloween was a hit too! Message From Our Chess Trainer: We have been experiencing the delight of learning and playing chess. Our children have learned how all the pieces move on the board. We just began playing the game in its entirety, and we are so impressed with the students’ memories and skill levels!  We begin each session with a story related to our lesson, we then do a few exercises on the chessboard, and we complete the session by engaging in a complete game. Each session ends with a quick recap of the day’s lesson as we spend the last few minutes coloring an illustration of the piece we learned about that day. Shortly, we...
Take Cereal To The Next Step

Take Cereal To The Next Step

Kids have been eating cereal for breakfast for what seems like forever. The simple meal makes mornings easy, with minimal prep work or clean up. Perfect for busy mornings when moms and dads don’t have much time. Kids love the crunch, and parents are pleased that they are getting something into their children’s bellies before school. While the basic bowl of cereal and milk is tasty, jazzing it up makes the standard stand out. These add-ons and switch-ups will create some excitement, and breakfast will become even better. Go Nuts! Spoon in mixed nuts and get great texture as well as some protein. If your child is nut-free, try seeds instead. Fun With Fruit Add some mixed berries, sliced banana, or even dried fruit to add freshness and flavor. Mix Up Your Milk Go for almond milk or soymilk instead of “regular” for a difference in taste. On special occasions, let the kids use strawberry or chocolate milk as a treat. Cereal Combos Who said you have to stick to just one cereal? Pour two or three kinds into one bowl for a “mash-up” the kids will crave. Go For Yogurt Instead of milk, mix dry cereal into yogurt. The creaminess is cool and curbs those morning hunger pangs. Sweeten The Deal Choose less-sugary cereals but still get that sweet tooth satisfied by drizzling some honey into the bowl. You don’t need much to make a difference. Any tips on turning a boring bowl of cereal into something special? Share your ideas in the comments section. For more information like this, please visit All My Children’s blogs. By: Melissa...
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