August 22, 2018

5 Simple Back-to-School Nutrition Tips

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It is almost time for back-to-school and Adalyn is getting so excited. She will be going to 4-year old preschool 3 days a week. I got sick so often last year and the kids had a few colds. Some of that is inevitable but I want to help keep the kids, Troy and I as healthy as possible so that we feel our best. Also, I am always focusing on raising kids that eat healthily and back-to-school is a great time to ensure that kids are eating nutritious foods so that they can do well at school.

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5 Simple Back to School Nutrition Tips

1. Eat a nutritious breakfast

For my kids, breakfast is such an important time of the day. They wake up so hungry and want something to eat right away. Some of our favorite go-to options in 5 minutes or less is Greek yogurt with chia seeds and granola, whole-grain/low-sugar cereal with milk, scrambled eggs with veggies, overnight oats or chia seed pudding. Even grabbing a banana or a yogurt pouch on the way out the door would be a good start to the day.

2. Take your vitamins

During the school year, Adalyn takes a children's multivitamin, omega-3 and and a probiotic. She loves taking her vitamins and I like knowing that we are filling in any gaps in her diet. Food is always number one but of course, we don't always eat perfectly. I believe that it is important to have a strong immune system when germs come around and taking vitamins can help keep our systems strong to prevent illness. We are loving the supplements from Nature's Way from iHerb. They have over 400 varieties for kids, men and women that can be shipped to 160 countries.

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-Nature's Way Primadophilus Kids- orange and cherry flavors- These chewable probiotics are for kids ages 2-12 and help promote healthy digestive flora. We take these during cold and flu season to promote health. Oliver had to take an antibiotic and we made sure to load him up with probiotics after that to restore healthy bacteria in the gut.

-Nature's Way Alive! Once Daily Men's Multivitamin- Dad needs a multivitamin too! These are great for boosting immunity as Troy goes back to work as a teacher. Troy uses a pill container so that he remembers to take it each morning which worked really well last year.

-Nature's Way Alive! Children's Chewable Multi-Vitamins- These are awesome to help bridge the gap in kid's diets and we especially love them during back-to-school time when there are germs everywhere during the back-to-school time. They are rich in lots of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C for skin, immunity and eyes and vitamin D3 for bones, teeth and immunity. Adalyn thinks it is a treat having a vitamin and I know that she is getting nutrients her body needs. Win-win!

-Nature's Way Alive! Once Daily Women's Ultra Potency Multivitamin- Last year, I was the main one in the family to get sick which was so hard since I was supposed to be taking care of everyone else! I make sure to take my vitamins during back-to-school and cold and flu season. I like this one because it is loaded with a fruit and veggies blend and you only have to take 1 vitamin.

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3. Skip high-sugar drinks

There are so many junky drinks marketed to children. I rarely give the kids juice and if I do, it is more for a treat. The kids drink water and milk regularly. If you do give your kids juice, I recommend 100% fruit juice with some water added. Skip the junky pouches and juice boxes that are pretty much sugar water.

4. Pack a nutritious lunch

So my kids don't pack a lunch yet but we often have picnics at the park after school with Adalyn's preschool friends. I pack a snacky nutritious lunch with foods like cheese, crackers, veggies and dip, hummus, fruit, salad, lunch meat, etc. I pretty much just grab what we have on hand and toss it into a lunch box for the kids and I.

I recommend whole-grain bread or crackers, protein such as lunch meat, hummus or cheese, vegetables and fresh fruits. Also, dairy such as yogurt or cheese are other great options. I like switching up their meals based on what is in season and what we have on hand.

5. Make after-school snacks count

Just because it is a snack doesn't mean that it has to be junk food. We rarely have foods like chips or cookies for a snack and instead choose foods like fresh fruits, bars, veggies and ranch Greek yogurt dip, yogurt, homemade popsicles, etc. An after-school snack doesn't have to consist of candy and pop! Keeping a variety of healthy snacks on hand is what works best for my family so that there is always something that each person wants to eat. I try to limit the snacks too close to dinner so that the kids are hungry enough for the real food.

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Good luck to everyone who is going back-to-school! Here's to a great year!

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