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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Six tips to start each day healthy


These tips should help keep your mornings on track and ensure your children eat breakfast:

1. Take care of yourself. Wake up a little earlier than the rest of your family so you have more time to prepare for the day. You may even get to read the newspaper as you eat breakfast!

2. Plan ahead. A simple breakfast only takes five minutes. Set out a cereal bowl and juice glass the night before. Keep breakfast items in the same place so you can grab and go.

3. Stock up. To avoid the morning rush, stock up on healthy options. A small box of whole grain cereal and a single-serve carton of 100 percent fruit juice are healthy items to manage morning madness.

4. Delegate tasks. Spice up your morning routine by letting your children run the show and serve breakfast. One child can be the “host/hostess” and set the table, another can be the “head chef” and serve the food.

5. Talk to your children. Make sure your child understands the importance of eating breakfast and work together to decide what to serve each morning.

6. Stay calm. Don’t panic if you are running short on time. Give your children a granola bar topped with peanut butter and a “to-go” glass of 100 percent fruit juice to take on their way.