Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but getting my oldest daughter *(who has ADHD) up, dressed, teeth brushed, hair combed and back pack on eats away at our breakfast time EVERY morning. In addition to all the extra “get ready drama”, she is UBER picky and most of the time says that she simply does NOT want to eat anything. I try to force her but what is a time-pressured mommy to do?
Well, I think I have come up with my own solution! I got an awesome protein shake/smoothie recipe from a friend so I have been fixing that for our breakfast as a meal replacement! It is super yummy and the girls can finish their smoothies in the car!! (Whoot! Whoot!) Both of them actually DRANK the smoothies this morning!!! Yea!
Here is the recipe:
1/4 cup of 100% no sugar added apple juice
1/4 cup of water
1/2 cup of ice
1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
1 scoop of vanilla whey protein (From wal-mart)
(Less than 200 Calories!!!)
In a study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, researchers at George Washington University tested three breakfast types (high-carbohydrate, high-protein, and no breakfast at all) on 39 children with ADHD and 44 kids without the condition.
For children with ADHD, performance on several tests was significantly worse with the high-carbohydrate breakfast, as compared with the scores of the children who ate the high-protein breakfast.
I had a shake for breakfast yesterday and I was surprised on how good I felt at work. I have read quite a few articles about having a high protein breakfast instead of carbs. Cereal, waffles, pop tarts, and muffins are easy but I must admit that they do leave a Diva looking for something else to eat 2 hours later.
So, for now, I am trying different “protein” breakfast smoothie options! I am also plain thankful to GOD for a positive morning! Getting my daughter to eat/drink something AND making it to the bus stop on time is a huge milestone for our family. Sometimes after battling all morning, I am a little weary for the day ahead. So thank God for the small things!
In my devotion this morning with the edevotion: Girlfriends with God, the writer reminded me of an old story:
“When the Chinese farmers plant bamboo, first they plant the seeds, then water, and fertilize them. The first year, nothing happens. The second year they continue to water and fertilize the seeds, and still nothing happens.
The farmer continues this process for a third and fourth year with no visual results. Then sometime during the fifth year, in a period of approximately six weeks, the Chinese bamboo grows ninety feet.
The question is, did it grow ninety feet in six weeks or did it grow ninety feet in five years? The obvious answer is that it grew ninety feet in five years. If the grower hadn’t applied water and fertilizer every year, there would be no bamboo. It is the same way with raising children. We pour into their lives.
We plant seeds of character, pull weeds with discipline, water with prayer, and fertilize with encouraging words. Then one day, if we are persistent and consistent, we will see beautiful results.” Sharon Jaynes
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary (Galatians 6:9)
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