Written by: Anielly Rocha – Intern for the Dietitians of Palm Valley
The perfect after school snacks and meals, ready for your kids!
Moms, Dads or Caretakers! August is right around the corner, which means that you get your mid morning quiet time moment back! You know the one were you actually get to sip your hot coffee before it gets warm or drink your ice coffee before its watered down, ah yes! That is once you drop those little “angels” off at school. Unless you have kiddos younger than school age, if that’s the case, you’ll get there!
Healthy eating is not only important for you, its even more important for your kids! There’s a common misconception that unhealthy equates to excess weight and healthy equates to skinny. That is a myth; size is simply one factor in a child’s overall health. Child metabolisms are faster which means their tiny bodies process compounds including calories faster than you and I, however this does not mean that they are receiving all the vital nutrients they need to grow and perform at their best.
A study by the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School found that food insufficiency, malnutrition and multiple single micronutrient deficiencies such as B12, thiamin, niacin, zinc and iron, have been associated with poorer cognitive performance, behavioral problems and attention deficits. Also leading to long-standing consequences for health and performance of children into their adult years.
We the Dietitians of Palm Valley care about your children and want to help you start your children on the path of a healthy lifestyle! We’ve put together some tips to help you get nutrition easily incorporated with yours and their upcoming school routine!
- Have healthy balanced snacks available for your kids to snack on when they’re hungry, primarily when they’re home from school. Mostly because if something isn’t prepared, they will most likely eat pizza pockets or mac and cheese. Not that there is anything incredibly wrong with these, but because there’s not much of anything good about them! especially if its a daily occurrence.
- Building a balanced snack: A great snack is one that has a good amount of protein paired with some carbs. These are balanced so they’ll be satiating and filling which hopefully will keep them out of the kitchen until dinner time! Snacking on fruits and vegetables is the best healthy habit you can teach your children, often you just need to make it fun, available and convenient for them!
- School lunches should be balanced just like the snacks in-between meals. A protein, a whole grain/complex carb, veggies and fruits! Here are 20 quick, healthy and balanced recipes by PositiveHealthWellness.
How about desserts? Of course every kid has a sweet tooth, don’t restrict or forbid them just give them delicious treats in exchange for their candy cravings!! Here are some awesome recipes by PositiveHealthWellness.
We care about the children in our community, that is why we are hosting a Blessings in a Backpack event happening all month up until the 21st! Donate non-perishable foods to our office location at anytime!
“One in five American children faces food insecurity — more than the populations of New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago combined. During the school week, most of these children depend on the federal free and reduced meal program their school offers. Sometimes, the meals at school are the only ones they get. When the school closes it doors on Friday afternoon, many of these children go home to empty cupboards and empty bellies for 65 hours until they return to school on Monday morning.” – Blessings in a Backpack
“Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.”