The hustle and bustle of back to school has arrived. Last minute pencils and backpacks galore is all around us. But who dreads the packing of lunches?
Do you know that one of the most important impacts on learning is in our control? That is the food your child eats while their little brains are growing. Here's a little list of some ways parents can feel confident nourishing their children when they are not at home.
Homemade 'bento' boxes with sections for divided ingredients make food fun
Bring your child to the grocery store as a part of their “back to school” preparation to get the involved in the choices for their lunches. Encourage new items at each trip.
Consider packing lunches the night before and giving your child ONE task that they are responsible for in that preparation. Taking a part in packing helps them know what to look forward to!
Try these two simple rules for selection of items:
1. Is it a color of the rainbow or clouds (all rainbow + white/tan)
2. Is it alive or was it once alive? (this way cheetos don’t count!)
If you’re struggling with selections or where to start, working with an Integrative Nutritionist will help with the How-to's of several lunch ideas for Pre-schoolers to High Schoolers.
Learn how to balance proteins, fats, carbs AND treats
Gluten-free + Dairy-free lunches don't have to be difficult
Making meals colorful and inviting
The After-School crash, how to prevent it or get through it
Is your child eating enough for their energy needs?
Substitutions for selective eaters
Managing and identifying food sensitivities and allergies
It's ok not to fit in, providing nutritious alternatives to common school-provided lunches
Grab-and-go fridge and pantry ideas
Meet Aura Carlson for her free “Meet Your Integrative Nutritionist” session where she will be discussing back to school basics of a healthy lunch. Sign up here.