School is Back – Keep Your Kids Healthy at Lunchtime!

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Summertime is now moving into “back to school time,” and what a crazy time of year that is! You’re likely having to shop for new school supplies, new outfits and all of the latest must-haves for this next school year. But with all of the excitement, hustle and bustle, there’s one thing you can’t overlook – keeping your kids healthy with the right nutrients so they can perform at their best!

Remember – a powerful mind requires a powerful body, so optimizing health during the school year is important. Here are some tips for keeping your kids healthy, strong and focused with the right foods so they can make the most out of this exciting time!

School Lunches – Fuel for the Brain

Packing your child’s lunch for school is an excellent way to ensure that they have healthy power foods to get them through their day. Loading up on chips, fruit juices and pre-packaged snacks won’t provide the same energy and concentration as whole foods and other nutritious options. Consider these tips:

  • Make food shopping a family affair – Bring your family together to shop for food that will make fun, healthy recipes. That way, your child can tell you what they want and you can ensure they’re getting the right nutrients.
  • Utilize healthy dinner leftovers – If you’re making a healthy dinner and you still have leftovers, save money by letting your child bring leftovers to school the next day.
  • Prepare the night before – To save you time on those hectic school mornings, consider preparing your child’s lunch the night before. That way, you’re not rushed to find nutritious options and your child can even help you out!
  • Pack focus foods – Foods and snacks such as nuts, yogurt, fruit, veggies, humus and whole grain bread are great for the body AND the brain. They’ll help your child stay alert and focused!
  • Water, water, water – Packing water in your child’s lunch is important for keeping them energized. When we’re not hydrated, what happens? We get sluggish and we tend to overeat, especially on foods that aren’t the best for us. If your child wants a little bit of flavor, you can flavor it naturally with fruit (like lemon, lime or berries) or add healthy, low sugar/low calorie drink mixes.

Want more tips for keeping your kids healthy with lunchtime? You can read the full article from Your Weight Matters Magazine by CLICKING HERE.

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