It is important, even in a distance learning setting, to maintain a nutritious and well-balanced diet for your kiddo. We know it’s a challenge to prep and serve meals and snacks that keep kids energized and focused, without keeping you in the kitchen all day. Below are some tips and information to help get your family off to a healthy start this year.
- Start the day off strong, with a protein based-healthy breakfast before the day’s lessons. A healthy breakfast will give your kids the energy and brain power they need to stay active, keep up with the days routine and make it until lunch without hunger getting in the way. Check out these 28 Ideas for a High Protein Breakfast to help you stay creative in the kitchen.
- Lunch time can be challenging when you want your kids to eat healthy and they have their own idea about what makes a great lunch. If you’re looking for fun ideas that children will enjoy, try these 50 Lunch Ideas for Kids at Home. These recipes are balanced, quick to whip up and suitable for kids of all ages.
- It is recommended that kids have two nutritious snacks throughout the day to provide important nutrients they need between meals and help boost their brain power throughout the day. During the week, this means children should have a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack to meet the demands of their growing bodies and brains. Learn more about the benefits of healthy snacks and how to prepare something your child will enjoy here.
Dieticians and Nutritionists suggest a focus on whole, unprocessed foods as it can help your kids maintain stronger immune systems, have better moods and increase fitness levels.
If you can, cook ahead and meal prep to make things easier on school days. You can even get your kids involved in the process and plan fun picnic-style meals that they can mix and match. And lastly, as important as food and nutrition is, don’t forget to focus on hydration with frequent water breaks.
We’d love to hear your kiddos favorite recipes in the comments!