As a health coach, food is one of my top priorities when I comes to being healthy. Everyone is so busy towards the beginning of September, and back-to-school is stressful for parents and kids. To combat additional stress when it comes to food, here are a few ideas that will point you in the right direction:
Although it may be easy to simply run to Costco, buy a bunch of pre-made snacks, and throw them in a lunch kit, it’s not very healthy (not to mention cost-effective). Here are some suggestions for nutrient-dense, simple-to-make lunch ideas:
- Grainy crackers with hummus
- Chopped raw veggies with hummus
- Boiled and peeled eggs
- Fresh or dehydrated fruit
- Chickpea or chicken salad (or even just chickpeas, themselves!)
- Edamame (soy beans)
- Homemade granola bars
- Sushi rolls
- Sprouted bread with nut-free butter (such as pea butter!)
- Whole grain tortilla chips and salsa
- Air-popped popcorn with nutritional yeast sprinkles (high in vitamin B12!)
Back-to-School Meal Planning
Often, a huge stressor for moms during the workweek (and especially during back-to-school season) is the question of what to make for dinner. This stress can easily be alleviated by meal planning ahead of time. Here’s how it works:
- Choose a day of the week to grocery shop (usually Sunday works for most)
- During the weekend, figure out what you will make from Monday to Friday for dinner, and what the kids will have for lunches during those days, too.
- Write out a grocery list that contains ingredients and foods for all of this.
- Go shopping for everything.
This way, come Monday morning, you know what the kids are eating for lunch, and what to make for dinner. Even better, you’ll already have every single ingredient needed for every recipe you create.
Back-to-School Eating Routines
We all know that a good sleep routine is necessary during back-to-school, but what about an eating routine? You should know that when calculating bedtimes for your kids, you should also figure out when they will eat.
For example, if your child’s bedtime is at 8pm, you could have them bathed and eating a small snack by 7:30pm. Then, by 8pm, your child will be truly prepped and ready to end their day.
Similarly, making sure your child eats at the same time every morning prevents you from throwing a banana towards her on the way into the car, which will usually bring about added stress to an already busy start to your day. Instead, try waking your child at the same time each morning, and have breakfast ready for her at the same time (about an hour before leaving the house), too.
Good luck with back-to-school! Let me know if they’re anything else I can help you with. If there is, feel free to contact me.