This back-to-school season, I am happy to help educate you about the importance of brainy breakfasts, nutrient-dense lunch and dinners and healthy after school snacks. Below are a few tips, and remember, you can always adopt these for yourself if you’re like me and are the student this year!
BE LUNCH SMART:
1. Pack the night before.
Include your child in making lunches the night before, giving them time to prepare, and help them make healthy choices.
2. Choose foods your kids LOVE.
The foods you pack will not provide your child with nutrition if they are tossed out or uneaten. Find healthy foods that your kids love and pack them in their lunch!
3. Quick-pack snacks.
Instead of buying the 100-calorie bags of cookies and chips, make your own quick packs and keep them in the fridge for the kids to choose from. Use zippered snack bags to help with portion control. Here are some suggestions:
- Veggie Sticks: carrots, celery, cucumber and jicama (pack it with a small packet of peanut butter to go or hummus for dipping)
- Raw Nuts: almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds
- Trail Mix: dried fruit (raisins, banana chips, dried cranberries, dates) and mixed nuts
- Frozen Yogurt: freeze yogurt tubes or premixed fruit yogurt
- Homemade “Lunchables”: pre-bag non-processed cheese slices, whole grain crackers and nitrate-free lunch meat
- Fresh Fruit: grapes, berries, and clementine oranges
4. Keep it cold.
Use an insulated lunch box. Brown bags don’t keep food cold enough and food can spoil.
Want to know more? Feel free to download this Savvy School Lunch guide for a quick lunchbox lesson. Click HERE for the guide…>>
Looking for healthy after school snack recipes? Here are a few new ones to try! Click HERE for a handy recipe download…>>