Tasty Fuel for Success in School
Tips, Facts and Recipes for a Nutritious School Year
Image by Cindy Silver, MS, RDN, LDN
There are so many reasons to put good nutrition into students’ mouths. For example, waking them up with a blast of high quality calories. Or, setting them up for clear and focused thinking at school. Or, making them aware of what is truly a healthy meal or snack. The list goes on and on as do the choices that students love to see on their plate, in their lunch box and at their homework table.
This is a game changer of monumental impact. Students who eat a nutritious breakfast will truly be ‘ready to learn’ as they arrive at school in the morning. Try some of these healthy breakfast recipes for your hungry student and see if she or he feels the difference. And, oh, by the way, moms and dads will benefit from a healthy and hearty breakfast every day, too.
School Lunch Box
This mid-day nutrition is a keep-it-simple meal opportunity. Not overthinking it will make the ideas flow and the creativity surface. Think picnic time, or mini-meal to keep it fun. Take a look at this 5-step process to packing a great lunch box. And, see whether these 5 quickie ideas for lunch at school will delight your student. Be sure to get him or her involved in healthy lunch ideas, shopping and prep on less busy days.
This snack is a perfect chance for crunch and color. Go with a fruit or vegetable, or both, along with a dip like hummus, peanut butter or sunflower butter for a peanut-allergic student. For crunch, try these: carrots, celery, radishes, bell pepper strips, raw turnip sticks, or firm apple or pear slices. For color, well, try just about any fruit or vegetable. Colors mean great nutrition along with fun. Beside every after-school snack, students will need a tall glass of cold water. Let them decide if they want to toss a slice of lemon, lime or orange into the water for extra special nutrition and flavor.
What new and nutritious foods will your student try this school year?
Cindy Silver is a licensed, registered dietitian based in Winston-Salem. In addition to her "Nibbles of Nutrition" blog, she also serves on the Piedmont Parent Fit Family Challenge Expert Panel. For more family-friendly, nutritional tips and recipes, follow Cindy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and visit her website.