I was really excited to be a part of the 6th annual health and wellness night for students and parents, bringing smoothies and breakfast ideas that are simple, easy and delicious. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it sets the tone for the day ahead. Many students skip breakfast or grab something with no nutritional value on the go, which will lead to more snacking later in the day due. It also will not give them the brain fuel and energy needed to stay focused and concentrate.
It was fun to educate not only the adults, but the children on ways that they can keep themselves fuelled properly by giving suggestions and options for more well balanced breakfasts. By eating a good breakfast it has been proven that there is increased concentration and focus, less health risks and a decrease in obesity. Giving tools needed to incorporate healthy ingredients that are affordable and easy to find in their local grocery stores.
I was asked to make a well balanced smoothie so I made my Blueberry Protein Smoothie with the option of a Strawberry one. It was filled with lots of hidden goodies like flax meal, spinach, hemp seeds and cinnamon and guess what? The kids and the parents loved it, with a couple who gave it a try and weren't big fans of the cinnamon. That is okay because I let them know that they could omit that and perhaps try something else like maca or cocoa. Some parents were even shocked that their kids enjoyed it and were ready to pull out their blenders and create delicious smoothies with the help of the "how to make a delicious smoothie' cheat card I gave them. Now there were no more excuses on not eating or having something delicious and nutritious for breakfast.
These wellness school nights are a great way to gain knowledge from people in the community and share ideas. I know I learn quite a few things at these events and carry the feedback both good and bad as well as ideas I get from parents and kids.
Thank you St. Wilfrid for a great night and I will see you again next year!
Students loving the blueberry smoothie
Can I try raw spinach? Of course you can! Yum, I like it!