Ashley Koff, RD, dishes her nutrition tips in this back to school blog series. Check back here for more!
Back to school can present a mix of excitement and dread. Yes, they will be at school all day long which frees you up a bit, but it also increases angst…not the least of which is how will they fuel themselves? Less time spent with you translates to less direct control over their food choices, and for every parent today that raises concerns.
With back to school comes weekday mornings where just getting in breakfast can seem like a major accomplishment. And while you pack lunch or even work with the school to ensure healthier options for lunch and snacks, what’s to keep them indulging in less healthy options that are readily available? After school presents its own challenges. Kids are often starving right after school, making a “healthier” snack a bigger battle. We all know what it’s like to try to make a better choice when we are starved – the brain may know right from wrong but it’s screaming for quick energy which typically translates to sugar.
BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS… THESE EASY BACK TO SCHOOL NUTRITION TIPS WILL SATISFY THEIR NEEDS AND YOURS. So take a deep breath and know that this year, better nutrition can be a reality …for all of you. Stay tuned over the next couple weeks as we head back to school and learn some tricks to keep the kiddos full and focused all year.
Focus on what you can control most easily: Breakfast at home. Before the kids head out the door for six or more hours out of your control, feed them nutritious options in the morning to keep them full until lunch time. Have quick, better quality options readily available, such as:
- Frozen organic fruits (and even some veggies), oats and nut butters for quick smoothies (I like the NutriBullet to make smoothies for the whole family)
- Pre-cooked organic chicken sausages with a piece of fruit
- A little baggie of whole grain Granola Chips mixed with nuts and seeds
No matter what the morning holds, make sure both you and the kiddos get in a few bites. In the long run, it’s those examples that will form their habits.