Feeding your child’s body and Brain
Starting the day off with protein increases energy, focus and helps maintain energy and focus for the next couple of hours.
- Hard boiled eggs
- Cottage cheese
- Greek Yogurt
- Nut butters
Add in a banana, apple, nuts or oatmeal for beneficial fiber.
If your child is not a fan of these foods, then serve leftovers such as chicken, a turkey sandwich or steak.
It’s best to start the day off with protein than none at all.
Water is best but if your kids want something different for a change, try coconut water or a fruit smoothie. It’s best to stay away from caffeine and sugar laden drinks such as soda or sweetened sports drinks.
Create a Back to School Grocery List
Send your kids off to school with healthy food. Here are suggested items:
Turkey roll: 2 slices of turkey rolled and wrapped in a paper towel
Turkey jerky: 1 preservative free, natural turkey jerky
Hard boiled egg, on an ice
Organic corn tortilla chips and/or rice crackers
Sunflower seeds, shelled
Hummus in a small container
Grapes, carrots, or apple slices
Apple or berry sauce in squeeze packages
Give your kids a break after school. Give them some time to go outside and play or participate in after school sports and activities. Activity is important for health and will give them a much needed mental break.
Consider some family exercise time. Time for everyone in the family to get active together.
School Appropriate Schedule
If your kids have spent the summer on a summer sleep schedule, it’s important to get them on an appropriate school sleep schedule before school starts.
Sleep is paramount in performing well in school. Teenagers should get 8-9 hours of sleep while younger children 5-7 years of age need a full 10 hours.