A new school year is upon us! This means getting back to the daily routine of meal planning, homework and earlier bedtimes. While trying to remember how to divide fractions can be a challenge, it can be even trickier to make sure your kids are getting the proper nutrition throughout the day – from breakfast to after school snacks. Here are some tips to an A+ school year:
Make a Nutritious Breakfast
Did you know? At 6g of protein each, eggs are the gold standard for protein. What's more – eggs contain ghrelin, which controls the hunger hormone and can help kids stay full until lunch. In a rush? Let the eggs cook themselves! While you're wrangling the troops, simply add an egg or two to an oven-safe container and cook at 350 degrees for approximately 15 minutes.
Blend up a Fruit and Veggie-packed Smoothie
While Smoothies are also great for breakfast, they're actually great any time of day! Add a Frozen Garden Smoothie to an insulated travel tumbler and your little one can enjoy a frosty drink with their lunch. Or, pull the blender out for a quick, after school snack. We have kid-friendly Smoothie flavors including Jungle Breeze, Rollin' Oats and Berry-Nana-Rama. They'll get more than a 100 percent of their daily value of Vitamin A and K, which supports bone and brain health as well as a healthy immune system.
Forgo Processed Snacks
We know it's super easy to grab a bag of chips or cookies for an after school snack or lunch side. But, those snacks are often chock-full of salt, fat and added sugar which can contribute to high blood pressure and even childhood obesity. Instead, reach for whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
Take Boring Water Up a Notch
According to a 2015 study, more than 50 percent of children aren't drinking enough water. We get it. Kids think water is "boring" and they much prefer sugar-laden beverages like juices and sodas. But, what if we told you there was a way to make boring water better? Enter Frozen Garden Fusions, made with 100 percent real fruit and herbs. Fusions add a splash of flavor to water, but without any powders, artificial flavors or added sugars. The best part is you can let your kids be the boss and decide how strong they want their flavor to be. For a hint of flavor, they can add one Fusion or for a more intense flavor, maybe three or four - it's all up to them!
We know it may be tough trying to introduce healthier food options to kids and it could take several tries, especially for picker eaters – so don't get frustrated! We find that it's easier to make small changes a little at a time rather than all at once. And by introducing good eating habits now, it may also help your kids to make healthier decisions as an adult.