When thinking about going back to school, food is often at the top of the list. Parents worry about what their kids will eat for lunch and snacks and ensuring that they are getting adequate amounts of key nutrients so that they do well in school. Back to school also typically means homework and lots of extracurricular activities, which can equate to less free time and may make it more difficult to prepare and plan healthy meals and snacks.
But fear not. Here are 5 quick tips to help you make the most out of your limited time.
Start the day with a power packed breakfast.
Research shows that children who regularly eat a nutritionally balanced breakfast have better test scores and better behavior than children who skip breakfast. Breakfast could include eggs, whole grain toast or oatmeal and fruit or a protein smoothie with fruit and yogurt. If your children eat cereal, make sure it has at least 3 g of fiber and less than 6 grams of sugar. Many cereals now include extra protein and fiber, so there are lots of great choices.
Make a meal plan and pack ahead of time.
Portion out your veggies and fruit into plastic baggies, line up your string cheeses or bottles of water so it becomes a grab and go process rather than a frantic morning rush.
Avoid packaged, processed foods.
These foods tend to be high in sugar, sodium and fats. Instead, try to include a protein, a veggie and a fruit in each meal and keep it as fresh as possible.
Have fun with snack time.
Make after school snack time a fun time to decompress from the day. Try different veggies or fruits, smoothies or whole grain crackers and cheese while you talk to your kids about their day or get them started on homework. Cut the fruits and veggies into fun shapes and make it part of their regular after school routine.
Supplement with a balanced vitamin mineral product for kids.
For that extra insurance to make sure they are getting all the vitamins and minerals needed for optimal health and growth, choose a supplement that will provide that extra peace of mind.
And finally, be the example.
It’s hard to ask our children to embrace eating for nutritional value, if we as parents do not. This also means remembering to take a daily vitamin and mineral supplement as our own insurance policy.
The scientists at Forever know how hard it is to get optimal nutrition and eat healthy every day in today’s busy world, so we have created revolutionary, balanced formulas for both adults and kids to help provide the extra assurance that your entire family is getting the recommended daily levels of vitamins and minerals.
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