Posted on 08/12/2014
School days are almost upon us. Parents and kids are getting ready to head back to the classroom. And, in some places, the school bell has already rung.
With the new school year comes the anticipation of new teachers, new friends and of course, a little dread for the lost days of summer.
Fall begets school photos, after-school activities and of course, busier days ahead.
One big challenge most parents face each fall is getting back into a routine. Kids and adults both do well with a structured schedule, allowing for time for plenty of rest and proper amounts of activity.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is sometimes difficult for parents of growing kids who are typically on the go. But, in this day and age, it is hardly possible for malnutrition if one eats a variety of fresh, whole foods each day. So, the key is to take time to eat properly and avoid processed foods.
As parents, it’s our job to protect and provide for our children. Food should top the list by providing healthy, nutritious food.
According to a recent survey, kids rarely bring healthy, balanced lunches to school. Lunches are typically filled with sugary desserts and salty snack foods and almost never include fruits and vegetables. It’s a shame, since the food kids eat help power their growing bodies and busy brains all day long. A healthy lunch should include whole grains, lean protein, vegetables, fruit and either water or non-fat milk (unflavored) to drink.
To get your kids to eat their lunch, be sure to take our registered dietitian’s advice to parents on SheKnows.com: “Do it their way and give kids a choice.” Rene says, “If they get to decide what to pack, they are more likely to eat it.”
I say, also don’t be afraid to think “outside the box” when it comes to lunch. You don’t have to pack a sandwich every day. Kids will tire of them as quickly as you will making them day in and day out. You can pack a whole hard-boiled egg, hummus or cheese and whole grain crackers or mini wheat pita bread along with colorful peppers and a piece of fruit. Couple that with water or fat-free, unflavored milk and you have a perfect, nutritious meal to help fuel your little ones until after school.
With a little planning, eating a healthy diet can be achieved. Be sure to involve your little ones to get them excited about it. Before long, it will be the new “normal” in your home.
Parents who have had too many summer indulgences may be looking to get fit now that kids are heading back to school. Our meals are the perfect solution for busy, on-the-go parents who want or need to lose weight. We are also ideal for those who are nutrition-minded and just too busy to cook proper meals for themselves! Check out next week’s menu, you may be surprised at the food you can indulge in while eating health. We take the guesswork out of eating healthy!
She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.
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