The ABC’s of Back-to-School Nutrition

Start the new school year right by supporting your child’s learning and growing with good nutrition:

A – Apples and Asparagus
For optimum physical and mental health, a growing body needs at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day. Much of this can be sent with your child in a lunch bag full of nutrition.

B – Breakfast
Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day and the easiest way to start the day with the energy to learn. Choose a combination of whole grain breads and cereals, fruits, nuts and eggs to give them energy that will last until lunchtime.

C – Cut the JUNK
Junk foods are any foods that are highly processed or made of refined sugar or flour. These foods have a rollercoaster effect on blood sugar levels and over time lead to obesity, poor concentration and behavior and learning difficulties.

D – Do It Yourself
Cook at home, making your own snacks and sweet treats to avoid the refined sugar and trans fats often found in ready-made products. Try a ‘momable’ or other homemade version of popular lunchtime products.
Do It Yourself also means leading by example. Eat right, exercise and make healthy lifestyle a family affair.

E – Easy and available healthy snacks
With a little planning ahead you can keep healthy snacks available at all times for your kids to refuel on. Choose a variety of fresh fruits, veggies, healthy crackers, nuts and dried fruits.

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