It’s that time of year again for fresh notebooks, sharpened pencils, and new lunchboxes, too. This fall, why not make back-to-school eating a way better nutritional experience for kids of all ages with healthier lunches and snacks? New York-based nutrition expert, Karen Ansel, MS, RD, CDN, shares her Top 5 Tips for a More Nutritious School Year. According to a recent study by Tufts School of Medicine, the average American kid takes in about a third of his/her daily calorie count from snacks. Younger children consumed healthier snacks while adolescents, the 12 to 15 year olds were less inclined to reach for the healthier option. Bottom line: secure nutritious snack habits while kids are young.
Top 5 Tips For A More Nutritious School Year
·Get your kids involved in planning and packing lunches and snacks alongside you. This will show them being nutritious can be fun! And who knows, maybe their lunchbox creativity will shine through.
·Kids love chips, right? Why not offer them better for you corn tortilla chips that make everyone happy. Try chips made with sea salt and sprouted grains, beans and seeds, which offer enhanced nutritional benefits and are easier to digest. And believe it or not, they taste great, too! Enjoy sprouted grain chips with a favorite tomato salsa, guacamole or red pepper hummus.
·Choose reusable containers or lunchboxes, which have compartments for high protein dips such as hummus for veggies or Greek yogurt for fruit. More produce will be consumed if there is a “fun” dip to use.
·Get creative and build your own sandwich kabobs. This allows you to use different types of veggies (like zucchini, jicama) and leftover roast chicken from the night before.
·Keep a bag of grapes in the freezer. Use in school lunches or after-school snacks. Frozen grapes are a tasty, fun and healthful treat.