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Hollywood Learning Breakfast Ideas On the Go!

Hollywood Learning Breakfast Ideas On the Go!

With Hollywood Learning Centers finally back in session some of us may be having trouble getting into the right routine to make it out the house on time (I know I am). There are essential things that need to be done before starting your day and eating a balanced breakfast is the most important one. They don’t call it the most important meal of the day for nothing, so we put together some fun and quick breakfast recipes to ensure breakfast is served.

 berry-quinoa-saladBerry Almond Quinoa Salad: A healthy but fun morning wakeup food, packing a bunch of super ingredients. This yummy breakfast will ensure everyone gets their nutrition and energy to tackle the day.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced (2.5-3 cups)
  • 16 oz. fresh blueberries (1.5-2 cups)
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted and sliced
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice (or lemon might work!)
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped

Directions:

  1. green-smoothie Cook quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the fruit and place in a large bowl.
  3. Mix the dressing ingredients (maple syrup, balsamic, lime juice, salt) in a small jar and adjust to taste if necessary. 
  4. Fluff cooked quinoa with fork and add to bowl with fruit. Combine. Pour on dressing and mix. Serve immediately or chill in the fridge until serving time. Serves 2-3 as a main or 4-6 as a side. 

Monster Green Smoothie: I think a smoothie can never go wrong. This recipe packs everything that ensures you and your children will have a productive day at school and will keep their tummy full for hours.

  • 2 cups liquid of choice (we use fresh-squeezed orange juice, but have used coconut water and almond milk and both are great)
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1-2 frozen bananas
  • boosts of choice (we use hemp hearts and chia seeds)

nutella-sushi-rollNutella and Banana Sushi: It might not sound as yummy, but do not worry. This fun and inventive breakfast “sushi roll” imitates the design of a sushi roll by rolling Nutella bananas in a tortilla. This recipe is very quick and easy to make. For those little ones who don’t like bananas, you can replace the banana for other fruits. This recipe is one I am going to try out for myself.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tortillas
  • 4 tbsp Nutella
  • 2 bananas

Directions:

Simply spread Nutella on the tortilla, and place your banana in the center of the tortilla, then roll in tortilla and banana in a compact roll, and then slice into pieces. There are plenty of ways to ensure that your most important meal of the day is an inventive and quick one, start your little ones’ day of with goodness and creativity.

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5 Yummy and Healthy Snacks for Your Children

5 Yummy SnacksChildren can be very picky eaters, especially when it comes to food that they’re supposed to eat. During snack time, your little one might be begging for candy and chips. Make sure you set your foot down and put away the junk food. Try these five yummy healthy snacks Hollywood Learning Centers has already incorporated in their menu:

  1. Strawberries and Bananas

Most children love sweet things! Of course that also means that they love candy, but we want them to eat healthier. A good alternative to candy are sweet fruits, like strawberries and bananas. Their sweetness have the all the nutrients kids need. Strawberries are packed with antioxidants, which can help prevent heart disease, and bananas are a good source of tryptophan, an amino acid that converts into serotonin in the brain. Serotonin helps people feel happier. No wonder why minions are always happy.

  1. Popcorn  

This popular snack isn’t just for the movies! Popcorn is actually healthy when it isn’t covered with lots of butter or salt. Actually,  two cups of popcorn has 2.3 grams of fiber and 62 calories, making it a light snack for our little ones. So this summer, get some kernel and pop away!

  1. Corn on the Cob

If your kids can’t get enough of that popcorn goodness? Then they’ll definitely love corn on the cob! It’s sweet, fun to eat, and a popular summer treat! It’s also rich in nutrients that can help control diabetes.

  1. Whole Grain Cereal

Put away the sugary cereal and get the whole grain cereal instead! Whole grain cereal is full of protein, carbohydrate, vitamin B, and vitamin E, making it one of the healthiest snacks for your kids. This is by far one of Hollywood Learning Centers most requested snack.

  1. Veggie Chips

Does your child love potato chips? Veggie chips are no different, except they are a healthier and tastier substitute! These crispy snacks are made from beets, broccoli, cauliflower, and a number of other vegetables, so your kids can finally eat their veggies without even knowing.

All of these yummy snacks can be served with natural apple juice or water, two healthy drinks low in sugar and preservatives.

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4 Healthy and Delicious Substitutes for Rice – Hollywood Learning Centers

Four wooden spoons holding different types of riceBeing from South Florida, I know that rice is a staple crop of many cultures. When eaten as part of a balanced meal, small portions of rice can serve as a great energy source. In traditional diets, rice is eaten as a side dish to roasts, stews, and curries, among other dishes. Rice can also be added to soups and served with vegetables or alongside meats. With all the goodness and deliciousness that comes with rice, it is also very high in carbs. For that reason, Hollywood Learning Centers created four favorite substitutes for rice that the kids should love, too.

1)Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah): quinoa is a high protein content with a beautiful sweet and nutty flavor. It’s delicate texture has made quinoa a popular substitute for rice. Quinoa is an easy grain to love and super easy to cook. Technically, it’s not a grain but a seed, though it is used in virtually all the same ways as other whole grains. As a complete protein source that’s also high in iron, magnesium, and fiber, quinoa is not only one of our healthiest pantry staples, but also one that’s incredibly easy and quick to cook. Check out this the link below for some cool recipes.

2) Couscous: Couscous is a tiny pasta made of wheat or barley. Similar to quinoa, it is also a perfect substitute to rice. It is very easy to cook and can be used in salads or in place of breadcrumbs. Couscous pairs beautifully with a number of flavors in a main dish or as a side. It is also a great source of fiber. Click below to rock your palette with these yummy couscous recipes.

3) Barley: This is one of the healthiest types of grain to consume, and many people choose it when looking for a white rice alternative. It’s a great source of fiber, phosphorous, copper, and manganese. Barley has much more fiber than brown rice. Though it  does take longer to cook and requires more liquid than rice, it is still a fun way to experiment with other non-rice options. Find fun barley recipes here.

4) Cauliflower rice: Cauliflower rice is a grain-free, gluten-free, and nutrient-dense way to replace the white rice on your plate. It’s a great way to eat what seems like rice, but without all those carbs. It is the perfect introduction to grain alternatives. All you need is a grater or food processor to resemble the rice-like texture and look, then you can proceed to either pan-fry, or roast to create a light, fluffy portion that will have the most ardent carb monsters licking their fingers. Check out the link for more recipes.

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