1.) Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Kids (and adults) get much needed energy to fuel their brain from a hearty and healthy breakfast. One helpful tip for ensuring a breakfast that consists of nutrient dense ingredients is to prepare a breakfast sandwich, healthy muffin (such as Spinach and Pear Oat Muffins) or Wholesome Oatmeal Baked French Toast ahead of time so it is ready to go in the morning when time is scarce.
2.) Invest in eco-friendly and reusable lunch containers, such as food grade stainless steel. Avoiding BPA and other concerning plastics is helpful to overall health. Additionally, by packing a lunch from home, you have more control over the ingredients (and can even reuse leftovers from dinner).
3.) To avoid eating junk food or even fast food on busy weeknights, invest in a slow cooker to have meals cooking ahead of time. With slow cookers, you can put food in earlier in the day, and let it cook until dinnertime.
4.) Send your kids (and yourself) with plenty of water. Liquid consumption is important for kids. Plain water is a crucial component of health for the body. It helps everything from supporting energy levels to even aiding the immune system by flushing lymph from the system. Kids also tend to be more active during the day and need water.
5.) Limit the consumption of sugar. Too much sugar can overload the body’s organs, contribute to hyperactivity as well as lead to health conditions such as diabetes and obesity. Contrary to what makes sense, many companies actually put surprisingly large amounts of sugar in foods marketed to kids.
Believe it or not, much of the guidelines we set for kids to help keep them healthy, can also apply to us grown-ups, too!
Sarah Galla, M.S., R.Y.T., is the creator, recipe developer, photographer and writer behind The Nourished Seedling. She holds a Master's degree in Holistic Nutrition and is a Certified Yoga Teacher, currently registered with Yoga Alliance. As a mother of three amazing kiddos, she is an advocate for the importance of real food and mindful eating, and that no matter how hard the storm, to always look for the rainbow after the rain.