Can you believe it’s already back-to-school season? Start the school year off right with these 9 tips for back-to-school success. In this post, we not only talk about how to eat healthy, but we also touch on topics that matter to your child’s well-being.
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Bring on breakfast.
We all know that sodium can be sneaky – and is not welcome during back-to-school time! Start your kid’s morning off right with a healthy breakfast. Too busy during the week? No worries! Just use these lower sodium breakfast hacks. And, check out these breakfast recipes for even more ideas:
Stay sweet without sugary drinks.
Did you know that sugary drinks such as fruit drinks, sports drinks, sweetened waters and teas, energy drinks, and soda have been identified as the primary source of added sugars in American diets? A great alternative is…water! Check out our video on 12 infused water recipes. And, stay updated with the latest news.
Linger over lunch.
With a healthy school lunch law thriving, you can send your child to school knowing that they will be getting a lunch with less sodium, more whole grains, fruits, and veggies than before. More interested in packing a healthy lunch? Check out Sally Sampson’s Sandwich Mix-and-Match for fun (and healthy!) combinations.
Steal the show with snacks.
After-school snacks can be fun, colorful and delicious if you follow these 9 tips for healthy snack time. But, we know there is work to do! A recent study found that Americans have been eating more snacks per day and more sodium from snacks over time. One way to ensure healthier snacks: write to the CEOs of vending machine companies.
Enjoy lots of exercise.
Studies have shown that active children perform better in school, behave better in the classroom, and have a greater ability to focus. Kids need hour of activity every day, so be sure they not only get active during school, but they have opportunities to be active at home. To get started, follow these daily tips to keep your family active. Want to learn more? Join the Voices for Healthy Kids PE Action Team.
Gather together to express gratitude.
Gratitude is more than a buzzword. It’s a habit and practice that may actually change your perception of well-being. And, you can do this with your family! Learn how gratitude can help your health, and get started today.
Dish out a delicious dinner.
Busy weeknights might seem like the hardest time to eat healthy, but if you stock these staple ingredients for quick meals, you can be sure that hungry kids will be happy with a healthy dinner. And, make sure to be aware of the top 25 foods that add the most sodium to your diet.
Slumber away with plenty of sleep.
Getting a healthy amount of sleep both for yourself and your child is so important. Check out whether you are getting enough sleep, and focus on getting plenty of shut-eye to start the school year strong.
Stop stress in its tracks.
Back-to-school can be a stressful time for you, for your kids, and for your family in general. Follow these three simple tips to manage your stress to get started.