New Year’s Eve and Nutrition Resolutions

By: Jessica McFadden, A Parent In America

This post has been sponsored by the Got Milk? program and The Breakfast Project. All words and opinions are my own.

What are YOU doing New Year’s Eve?

Do you get a sitter and go crazy like the pre-kid days, dancing on tables and cavorting?

Maybe you enjoy a romantic night out, reflecting on all the blessings of the past 365.

We usually spend New Year’s with our kids, and other families, too. We play games, pull open holiday crackers and wear the crowns inside. In past years we have hosted family-friendly parties, with tables full of treats, poker chips and rounds of Apples to Apples.

This year we will ring in 2014 with family and usher in the new year under a star-filled Texan sky. We will hug our kids and niece tight, eat delicious food and do a New Year countdown on Greenland time for the little kids. Maybe we will make it to midnight, maybe not.

We have introduced the tradition of New Year’s resolutions with our children. We think it is a healthy way to be thoughtful of goals and hopes for the new year. Past New Year’s resolutions by my children have been to compliment Mom’s cooking more, be more open to trying new foods, having less tantrums (aka “freak outs”), using kinder words to siblings and reading more books.

As a mom, one of my New Year’s healthy resolutions is to ensure my kids eat more nutritious, less sugary, more protein-packed breakfasts before school. I am resolving to make more morning smoothies, pour more glasses of milk, and cut back on the toaster waffles and empty convenience foods. I am currently picking up some great recipes and inspiration at The Breakfast Project, a new website by the Got Milk? folks.

Not only do my children love milk, a glass is packed with high-quality protein to help power them through their days full of school, sports and friends. I learned from my participation in this project that an 8 oz. glass of moo juice provides more protein than an egg.

Of course, I have my own personal health resolutions. Although some people may scoff at using January 1 as a jumping off point for weight loss and increased exercise, regarding this time of year as a new health beginning has always worked for me. But whether you view New Year’s health resolutions as cheesy or a necessary balance to holiday eating, we can all benefit from this helpful infographic about the protein content of common breakfast choices.

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