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In this blog I am going to share my top tips for getting back into the school routine and a recipe for one of our favourite, quick breakfast smoothies!

1. Always prepare the night before! Get uniform ready so you’re not searching for ties or shoes as you’re trying to leave the house! Usually the bags are packed and by the door the night before. My children aren’t taking bags now but have to bring a bottle of water so I’ll make sure I put them in the fridge the night before.

2. Set alarms! I set numerous alarms to ensure everyone is awake on time. During lockdown and the summer holidays we were waking whenever our bodies wanted to! We started getting back into a bedtime/morning routine the week before school started.

3. Have breakfast! I give the kids their breakfast with the TV off as I find it distracts them. Sometimes I get the things needed the night before such as cups, bowls, spoons or the blender out on the worktop. I’m quite guilty for skipping breakfast so I try to have breakfast with the kids the majority of the time. We love an easy breakfast on the weekdays such as cereal, porridge, toast or smoothies.

4. Give children responsibilities. My children are 11, 9, 6 and 2 so my older two are able to be more independent than my youngest two. They are able to open curtains and blinds, “make” their beds and brush their teeth.

5. Label everything!! Labelling all items is essential! As a teacher and parent I can honestly say this makes everyone’s lives easier.

The smoothie we have been enjoying recently is really quick and easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients.

Keep reading for the full recipe and a list of ingredients below!

You will need:

-Frozen or fresh berries (I used strawberries)

-Fresh or frozen banana, cut into slices

-Milk (any milk will work, cow’s milk, oat milk, almond milk etc)

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Do you struggle to get enough veg into your childs diet? Smoothies are a great way to get added greens into your childs diet – try adding some spinach, cucumber or other veg and it won’t change the taste or colour…they would never know!

Add all of the ingredients to a blender, if the consistency is a little too thick add more milk, if it’s too runny add more fruit!

Feel free to experiment with your breakfast smoothies! Sometimes we add spinach, cucumber, vanilla extract, peanut butter, honey, yogurt, chia seeds or flaxseeds/linseeds.

The kids love drinking smoothies with peanut butter balls (simply just porridge oats, peanut butter, honey and flax seeds rolled into balls and refrigerated for a few hours). These are a great alternative to breakfast bars which would be high in sugar, when you’re in a rush and want a quick breakfast! They could even drink the smoothies on the way to school if you’re running late!

I hope you enjoyed this blog.

Good luck to your children starting or returning to school!

Thank you for reading,

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