Back-to-School Nutrition Tips and Recipes

Back-to-School Nutrition Tips and Recipes

School is just around the corner. Welcome back, rushed mornings. Welcome back, scholars. The new school year means new routines for kids and an organizational shift for adults – an opportunity to rethink ingrained habits and develop healthier ones. Whether your kids are returning to school or learning remotely from home, having a few easy and delicious recipes can make it easier for them to stay nourished.

5 Nutrition Tips for Back-to-School

Getting your kids to develop healthy eating habits can be a challenge. Here are some simple tips to keep your kids energized and nourished.

1. Eat a healthy breakfast daily

When kids go back to school, it’s getting harder and harder to find time to eat a healthy breakfast because they want to use the last minute of the morning to sleep. But, having a healthy breakfast containing protein can be a key to their success in the classroom. Try an omelet, cheese, and yogurt to boost protein intake and have sustainable energy throughout the day.

2. Don’t forget healthy after-school snacks

Try to prepare healthy “energy” snacks for your kids before they get home from school or participate in extracurricular activities. Snacks should include good carbohydrates and protein to help your child refuel before dinner. These can include veggie sandwiches, whole-wheat rolls, hard-boiled eggs on an English muffin, bananas and peanut butter, or a healthy assortment of dried fruits.

3. Encourage food exploration

Leading your child’s attention to the color, shape, aroma, texture, and temperature of food is a good way to get them excited about food. In the long run, being familiar with a variety of foods will make them more likely to enjoy a wider range of healthy options.

4. Get kids involved

At the market, let them pick fruits and vegetables. Let them choose between cheese or yogurt. Give kids a list of pre-approved recipes, and let them put their stamp on the treats.

5. Drink water

Water is essential and has many benefits. And everyone, including your kids, needs to drink plenty of this life-giving substance every day. There are recommendations for water intake according to age.

  • Children Ages 5-8: Five (8oz/ea.) glasses of water each day or 40 ounces
  • Ages 9-12: Seven (8oz/ea.) glasses of water daily or at least 56 ounces
  • Ages 13+: Eight to ten (8 oz./ea.) glasses of water or at least 80 ounces

9 Back-to-School Recipes

To help you plan ahead, we’ve picked 9 back-to-school recipes (including hearty breakfasts, filling lunches, and after-school snacks) that adults and kids can enjoy.


The kids will love these quick and delicious back-to-school breakfast ideas and get their morning started right.

#1. Cheese omelette

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This cheese omelette is easy to make and great for breakfast. Your kids will love omelettes and nothing makes them happier.

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#2. Fruit and yogurt smoothie

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Your kids will love this delicious yogurt smoothie! You can replace strawberries with any other berries or fruit your child likes.

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#3. Scrambled eggs with oats

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This super easy protein-packed recipe will definitely get your child’s day off to an energetic start!

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These healthy back-to-school lunch ideas will have the kids looking forward to returning to the classroom.

#1. Cheeseburger cups

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This simple and delicious dish is made with convenient ingredients and only takes a fraction of the time. Your kids will go crazy for these cute lunches.

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#2. Grilled cheese, ham, and apple sandwich

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A terrific sandwich recipe! Your kids will enjoy every bite of this combination of melty cheeses, crispy apples, and smoky ham.

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#3. Easy chicken strips

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These crunchy oven-baked chicken strips are life-changing! A delightful dish to make your child’s time at school happier.

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Try these healthy and easy-to-make snack recipes to make the kids satisfied until dinner time.

#1. Fruit and nut flapjacks

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A classic fruit and nut combo with seeds, oats, and agave syrup. These flapjacks are a match made in heaven. The perfect snack for your kids.

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#2. Pita bread pizza

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This easy-to-make and delicious pita bread pizza is perfect for after-school snacks, sleepovers, or Friday night movies.

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#3. Spiced-up potato chips

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Turning an ordinary bag of chips into an irresistibly delicious treat to keep the kids feeling Energized when their get home from school.

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Getting ready for school is a family affair, not just for the kids but for the parents as well. Lessen the stress of weekdays with these quick, easy, and delicious back-to-school recipes to keep the kids satisfied, whether they’re taking them to school as a lunch box treat or enjoying them when they get home.

Unique and Meaningful Mother’s Day Gifts for Every Kind of Mom


When Mother’s Day comes around, it’s time to show our love and appreciation to the special women in our lives. Here at Ventray Kitchen, we’ve come up with some Mother’s Day gift ideas for every kind of mom. Instead of flowers and cards, this year, give the women in your life an extra special gift!

- Best Mother’s Day gift for sisters or besties

From childhood through adulthood, your sister or bestie has watched you go through many stages and taken care of you when you needed it most. Witnessing her as a mother has probably been one of the most rewarding in your life. To celebrate their motherhood, why not give the best Mother’s Day gift that your sister or bestie will cherish and actually use? This Luminous 3-in-1 Spa Shower Head that can give her a relaxing body massage and deep skin cleansing in the comfort of her own home is one of the perfect solutions to pamper herself.

- Best Mother’s Day gift for new moms

Being a new mom means going through so many “firsts.” New moms deserve some extra love and support by pampering the new mom in your life with a thoughtful gift. This BabyGrow Baby Food Processor that can steam, defrost and blend is a perfect solution for the new mom to easily feed their child right by making healthy and rich-in-nutrients baby foods by herself fuss-free.

- Best Mother’s Day Gift for elderly moms

Whether our moms or grandmas are still working or enjoying retirement, put some extra thought into choosing a meaningful and practical gift for your elderly mom or grandma on this Mom’s Day. This all-in-one Countertop Convection Oven that has 12 cooking presets to make her food ready mess-free will make her life easier and always make them feel the continued care from you. Additionally, one of the best things about this oven is that it is easy to clean after use.

- Best Mother’s Day gift for busy working moms

Flowers and an elegant brunch are always welcome, however, the best gifts for busy moms are often the most unexpected. They are too busy to think about spending a little time for themselves A thoughtful Mother’s Day gift like this Countertop Dishwasher that cleans all messy dishes with its powerful cleaning performance will make their lives easier and free them up more time to relax and enjoy their lives with their families.

- Best Mother’s Day gift for stay-at-home moms

We can’t think of anyone more deserving of pampering than stay-at-home moms on this Mother’s Day. This all-purpose Stand Mixer that has 4 mixing attachments included will make every kind of mixing with ease. Additionally, the most special part of this gift is that it has a hub to help them that can attach different accessories to make pasta, grind meat, and slice vegetables.

Why we celebrate the Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day is a time to honor the mother’s bond, motherhood, and the mother’s role in society. The modern celebration began in the United States, was created in 1908 by Anna Jarvis, and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. However, it is celebrated in different forms around the world in the months of March and May. Traditionally, Mother’s Day involves giving mothers flowers, cards, and other gifts.

How can I make Mother’s Day special?

Although one day of the year really isn’t enough to honor one of the most important people in our lives, Mother’s Day is a great chance to show our love and express our appreciation to the person who raised us and took care of us. So, if you’re looking to go beyond the traditional Mother’s Day card or Mother’s Day flowers, here are some thoughtful ideas to make Mother’s Day special.

1. Plan a Mother’s Day Brunch at home
If you’re going to be spending Mother’s Day with your mom in person, planning an at-home brunch cooked by you will be a great way to make her feel loved.

SEE MORE: 10 Brunch Recipes That Every Mom Will Love on Mother’s Day

2. Give her a thoughtful gift
Giving the special woman in your life a gift she really needs on Mother’s Day will melt her heart.

3. Throw a surprise party
Plan a surprise party for our moms on Mother’s Day to make her day special and cook her favorite dishes to make the night even more enjoyable.

SEE MORE: 8 Mother’s Day Dinner Ideas That Will Melt Her Heart

4. Plan a movie night together
Watching her favorite movie with the family at night will be a special Mother’s Day gift for mom.

5. Plan a trip
On this special Mother’s Day trip, your mom will enjoy exploring the various famous attractions and make great memories.

Should a husband get his wife something for Mother’s Day?

Mom’s Day is around the corner, which has sparked our family’s annual debate about whether or not a husband should get his wife a gift for Mother’s Day.

Reasons why you should not give your wife a Mother’s Day gift
1. Mother’s Day is designed for kids to express appreciation to mom.
2. Mother’s Day is a celebration for mothers, not wives.
3. Do something more meaningful than a gift, like serving her breakfast in bed, doing house cleaning, etc.
4. Unlike birthdays, anniversaries, and Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day is not a celebration of love with romantic and thoughtful gifts.

Reasons why you should give your wife a Mother’s Day gift
1. Mother’s Day is the perfect time for a husband to celebrate his wife’s motherhood.
2. You want to receive a gift from your wife on Father’s Day.
3. Mother’s Day should be celebrated for all moms.
4. Being a mom can be complicated with a complex set of roles to play nowadays.

How is Mother’s Day celebrated in different parts of the world?

Mother’s Day has been celebrated in the United States since the 19th century. In 1914, the second Sunday in May was declared a national holiday to express appreciation for mothers. Some other countries, including Brazil, Venezuela, Vietnam, Uruguay, Bhutan, Croatia, Cuba, Belgium, and Canada, also celebrate on the second Sunday of May, while others have celebrations at different times of the year.

United Kingdom
Since the Middle Age, Mother’s Day in the United Kingdom has been celebrated on the fourth Sunday during the Christian Lent period. Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated by spending time with family and giving cards. Mother’s Day now has a similar tradition to American holidays, encouraging children to present their mothers with gifts, cards, and flowers.

Mother’s Day in Russia is celebrated in the fall, on the last Sunday in November. On this day, children not only present flowers to their mothers but also pay appreciation and congratulations to all mothers in their lives, including grandmothers, mothers-in-law, and aunts.

In Mexico, the date for Mother’s Day is always May 10. It is a day to honor women and what they do for their families. Mexican Mother’s Day traditions tend to give flowers and gifts. Some also celebrate through mariachi serenades singing Las Mañanitas, special masses, and school performances. Food is also a big part of the festivities, with many feasting on moles, enchiladas, and traditional slow-roasted pork cochinita pibil.

In Ethiopia, Mother’s Day is a three-day celebration in mid-autumn. Typically, families host a feast called Antrosht. At that feast, kids bring ingredients for a hash recipe while the mothers relax and enjoy. During the celebration, men sing to honor their families, and mothers and daughters smear their faces with butter and dance to the song.

Mother’s Day in Thailand is celebrated on August 12 to honor Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s birthday. Part of the tradition that day is to offer early morning offerings to Buddhist monks. The children kneel at the feet of their mothers and pay their respects. They may also show appreciation by giving cards or taking mom out to eat.

Baked Apple Roses

Baked Apple Roses

Cook: 20 mins    Total: 50 mins    Prep: 30 mins   Servings: 2  


• 1 large red apple, cored and very thinly sliced

• 1/4 cup white sugar

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

• 1/4 cup melted butter

• 1 egg

• 2 teaspoons water

• 1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar (Optional)


1. Preheat VENTRAY oven to 380 degrees F. Butter 2 small ramekins and dust with white sugar.

2. Place apple slices on a plate, overlapping slightly if necessary. Microwave on High for about 45 seconds just until slices have softened a bit. Cover the plate with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel.

3. Mix together sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.

4. Roll puff pastry sheet to less than 1/8-inch thickness. Using a pizza cutter, cut two 3-inch by 12-inch rectangles. Reserve remaining pieces for another use.

5. Spread melted butter over the dough; top with a generous amount of cinnamon sugar. Place apple slices along 1 long edge of the dough, about 1/4 inch beyond the edge of the dough, overlapping slices slightly. Fold the bottom half of the dough over the apple slices to form a long “folder” of dough with rounded edges of apple slices exposed.

6. Beat egg and water together in a bowl. Paint the surface of the dough with egg wash. Sprinkle with more cinnamon-sugar, to taste.

7. Starting from one end, roll dough not too tightly to form a rose-shaped pastry. Seal roll with end of dough strip.

8. Transfer roses to prepared ramekins. Sprinkle with a little more cinnamon sugar. Place ramekins directly on the middle rack of the preheated oven.

9. Bake until well browned, about 18 minutes. Remove ramekins with tongs and place them on a baking sheet to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove apple roses from ramekins and finish cooling 

Cayenne Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Tomato Salad

Cayenne Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Tomato Salad

Prep: 15 mins      Total: 30 mins      Yield: 6 servings


• 2 lb. medium eggplants, cut lengthwise into 1/2″ thick slices

• 1/4 c. plus 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

• 1 tsp. ground coriander

• 1 tsp. cayenne (ground red) pepper

• 1/4 c. packed fresh mint leaves, finely chopped, plus more for garnish

• 3 small fresh red Fresno chiles or other hot chiles, finely chopped

• 2 tbsp. lemon juice

• 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

• 1/2 pt. (about 1 1/2 c.) multicolored cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

• 1/4 c. Greek yogurt

• 2 tbsp. milk


1. Heat VENTRAY electric grill over medium heat. Brush eggplant all over with 1/4 cup oil. Sprinkle with coriander, cayenne, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Grill until tender.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk mint, chiles, lemon juice, vinegar, remaining 3 tablespoons oil. And 1/2 teaspoon salt until well combined. To vinaigrette, add tomatoes, then toss to combine. In a small bowl, stir yogurt and milk.

3. Place eggplant on a large serving platter.

4. Top with tomato mixture.

5. Drizzle with yogurt mixture.

6. Enjoy.

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Grilled Stuffed Chicken

Grilled Stuffed Chicken

Servings: 4 people


• 4 boneless and skinless chicken breast

• 2 ounces of sundried tomatoes that are cut into strips

• 4 ounces of baby spinach

• 4 thick slices of mozzarella cheese

• 4 tablespoons of BBQ rub

• Peanut/sunflower/coconut oil



1. Preheat VENTRAY electric grill to medium-high heat.

2. Split the chicken breasts to create a pocket in each breast and season the outside with BBQ rub.

3. Stuff the pocket of the chicken breast with spinach, cheese, and sundried tomato strips.

4. Use toothpicks to close the pockets.

5. Lightly grease the grill plate with a bit of oil. Add the chicken breasts and close the lid. Allow the chicken to cook for 8 minutes.

6. Flip the chicken over and close the lid once again. Reduce the heat to medium. Allow the chicken to cook for 7-10 minutes more.

7. Enjoy.

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8 Mother’s Day Dinner Ideas That Will Melt Her Heart


As Mother’s Day is fast approaching, here at Ventray Kitchen, we will show you some impressive recipes that you can cook to wow your mom or your favorite mom-like person.

Whatever mom’s favorite, we’ve covered just about any type of Mother’s Day dinner ideas you’re looking for: steak, salmon, chicken, salad or vegetarian recipes, and dessert. Now you just need to pick one or a few to spoil the special mom in your life by making her a lovely Mother’s Day dinner.


1. Grilled Moroccan Steak and Carrots

Serve up this grilled Moroccan steak sand carrots to really wow Mom on her special day. This grilled steak takes less than half an hour to cook. If you’re looking to make some high-quality dishes at home for Mother’s Day, be sure to try this recipe for your mom.

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2. Oven-Baked Salmon

Take a note from mom: Eating healthy is just as satisfying. Prove her point with this easy-to-make delicious oven-baked salmon dish.

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3. Grilled Stuffed Chicken

Chicken is one of the best proteins to use for your healthy dinner ideas. This Mother’s Day, add a little extra love and care to your cooking with this delicious stuffed chicken recipe. Nothing complements grilled chicken better than cheese, spinach, and dried tomatoes.

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4. Cayenne Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Tomato Salad

This colorful vegetarian meal brightens up the Mother’s Day dinner table with smokeless grilled eggplants, fresh juicy tomatoes, and cool and creamy yogurt.

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5. Roasted Cauliflower (Vegetarian)

Calling all vegan moms! This roasted cauliflower is easy to cook and a healthy vegetarian option, perfect for a Mother’s Day main course.

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6. Roasted Butternut Squash (Vegetarian)

This roasted butternut squash recipe is rich in nutrients and fibers. You will love this meat free vegetarian option from our list of Mother’s Day dinner ideas.

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7. Baked Apple Roses

Prepare something special on this special day for mom. She will love these baked apple roses and wow their gorgeous look and delicious taste.

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8. Chocolate Pecan Pie with a Bourbon Twist

Add chocolate and bourbon to a classic pecan pie for an impressive Mother’s Day treat. Mom will love this gooey filling with a chocolate fudge taste.

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How do I spoil my wife on Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day gives you a chance to show the woman with whom you share your life just how much you appreciate her. Doing something special for your significant other on Mother’s Day will make her feel the love. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are 3 simple ways to get you started.

1. Do a thorough cleaning of the house
On Mother’s Day, the last thing your wife wants to think about is cleaning the messy house. Having a clean house on that day will make your wife happy. So, an easy way to show your wife appreciation is to do a thorough house cleaning alone the night before Mother’s Day.

2. Cook for your wife at home
Make sure your wife doesn’t have to think about every meal for Mother’s Day. You can prepare brunch and dinner yourself to make her feel the love. Try to make some delicious recipes to make her brunch, or dinner impressive on that day.

3. Surprise your wife with a unique and meaningful gift
Gifts are also a great way to show your significant other how much you love her, especially a unique and meaningful gift. For example, if your wife is a busy working mom, you can choose a countertop dishwasher for her to make her daily dishwashing hassle-free. If your wife is a new mom, you can choose a baby food processor that makes healthy homemade food for your child.

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What cultures celebrate Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day is a greatly honored celebration around the world, more than 50 countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day, but not all of them do it on the same day. Countries that celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May include Australia, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, and Belgium. In many parts of Mexico and Latin America, Mother’s Day is celebrated every year on May 10. In Thailand, August 12 is the current Queen’s birthday.

What do you do on Mother’s Day when your alone?

Some people will have the perfect Mother’s Day with bouquets of flowers, breakfast in bed, and a joyous family gathering. But that’s not what everyone’s Mother’s Day looks like. If you’re alone, don’t feel down about being alone this year, but find strength and celebrate yourself through using these strategies.

1. Take a weekend trip
2. Go shopping
1. Take a day off and do nothing
2. Treat yourself to a spa day
3. Go to the gym
4. Enjoy a solo meal
5. Get together with your girlfriends
6. Go to the movies
7. Go to a bar
8. Take a hobby class
9. Go fishing/hiking
10. Do some DIY items
11. Visit Museums
12. Be a volunteer
13. Go to the beach/parks

10 Brunch Recipes That Every Mom Will Love on Mother’s Day


Every mother deserves a day where she is celebrated and made to feel special. What better way to show your mom how much you appreciate her than by cooking her a delicious meal? Brunch is the perfect option because it can be both sweet and savory, and it’s a great time to gather the family together. 

What should I cook for my mom?

If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are 10 brunch recipes that every mom will love on Mother’s Day. Each of these recipes is easy to follow and sure to please. Mom will love that you took the time to make her a special meal, and she’ll be extra impressed if you whip up one of these impressive brunch dishes.

1. Quiche Lorraine

This classic French dish is perfect for a special occasion like Mother’s Day. It’s made with eggs, bacon, and cheese, so it’s sure to please everyone at the table.

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2. Breakfast Burrito

Start mom’s day off right with a hearty breakfast burrito. This recipe includes eggs, sausage, and potatoes, all wrapped up in a warm tortilla.

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3. Chocolate Chip Pancakes

These pancakes are a delicious twist on a classic breakfast favorite. They’re perfect for moms with sweet tooth, and they’re sure to bring a smile to their faces.

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4. Eggs Benedict

This breakfast favorite is sure to impress. It’s made with poached eggs, Canadian bacon, and Hollandaise sauce, and it can be served on a bed of fresh spinach or asparagus.

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5. Omelette Bar

An omelette bar is a great way to let mom customize her own breakfast. Set out a variety of toppings, such as cheese, diced ham, mushrooms, onions, and peppers. Put out some hot sauce and ketchup for dipping, too.

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6. Coffee Cake Muffins

These muffins are the perfect combination of sweet and moist. The coffee cake topping is an added bonus that will make your mom feel extra special.

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7. Bloody Marys

For the moms who like to start their day with a little bit of alcohol, these Bloody Marys are perfect. They’re packed with flavor and can be customized to each person’s liking.

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8. Mimosas

For the moms who like brunch, these mimosas are a must. They’re light, refreshing, and oh-so-easy to make.

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9. Strawberry Shortcake with Thyme and Whipped Cream

This light and refreshing dessert is the perfect way to show your mom how much you care. The strawberries are a symbol of love, and the thyme adds a touch of elegance.

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10. Green Smoothie Breakfast Bowl

This recipe is perfect for the health-conscious mom. The green smoothie bowl is packed with nutrients and is topped with fresh fruit, granola, and chia seeds.

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What should you not eat on Mother’s Day?

You want to make sure that the meal you serve your mom is something she will enjoy and that won’t make her feel uncomfortable. Avoid anything too greasy or spicy, as well as any foods that are known to cause gas or bloating. You also want to be careful with how much sugar you include, as some moms might be watching their intake.

How can I surprise my mom in lockdown?

If you can’t be with your mom in person on Mother’s Day, there are still plenty of ways to show her how much you care. Send her a bouquet of flowers or a gift basket full of her favorite things. You could also put together a care package with essentials like face masks, hand sanitizer, and cozy socks. If you’re feeling crafty, you could make her a card or write her a heartfelt letter expressing your love and appreciation. Whatever you do, make sure to let her know how much you care and how much you miss her.

Happy Mother’s Day!




For the moms who like brunch, these mimosas are a must. They’re light, refreshing, and oh-so-easy to make.

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• 1 bottle of sparkling wine

• 1/2 cup orange juice

• 1/4 cup grenadine syrup


1. Combine the orange juice and grenadine syrup in Ventray Pro600 Blender.

2. Pour the mixture into champagne flutes, filling them halfway.

3. Top off with sparkling wine and serve immediately.

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Bloody Marys

Bloody Marys


For the moms who like to start their day with a little bit of alcohol, these Bloody Marys are perfect. They’re packed with flavor and can be customized to each person’s liking.

#holidays #drinks.


• 1-liter tomato juice

• 1 cup vodka

• 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

• 2 tablespoons horseradish

• 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce

• 1 teaspoon celery seed

• Salt and pepper to taste



• Celery sticks

• Olives

• Lemon wedges

• Pickles


1. Combine all ingredients in Ventray Pro600 Blender and stir well.

2. Pour into glasses filled with ice and garnish as desired.

3. Enjoy!

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Easter Berry Smoothie

Easter Berry Smoothie

Prep Time: 15 mins    Cook Time: 10 mins    Total Time: 25 mins    Servings: 4



• 2 large bananas, cut into slices and frozen

• 1 cup frozen mixed berries

• 3/4 cups milk, or milk alternative

•3 tablespoons chia seeds



1. Slice bananas and put them in a freezer-safe bag. Freeze at least 4 hours or overnight.

2. Add frozen bananas to the Ventray Pro 600 Blender, blend until smooth, and all lumps are gone.

3. Add the frozen berries, milk, chia seeds, and blend again.

4. When you get your desired consistency, pour it into a glass or a bowl.

5. Top with desired toppings and enjoy!

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