As your kids enter another school year, you are probably like most parents and thinking, “How am I going to get my child to eat healthy?”. It is not as difficult as it may appear. With just a few simple steps your kids will be on their way to healthy and happier school year!
- Pack their lunch
There has been a lot of controversy lately over the state of school lunches (pizza is now considered a vegetable?!). One way we can keep our kids healthy and happy in this new school year is packing their lunch! Your kids might not like this like idea though. But home packed lunches don’t have to be boring. There are so many sites dedicated to fun, interesting and easy ways to pack a healthy lunch for your kids that they will love to eat. Here are some great ideas your kids will love! http://www.parents.com/kids/nutrition/lunch/healthy-school-lunches-snacks/
- Hand sanitizer
The number one way germs are spread is through our hands! Washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to prevent the spreading of germs, but since your kids may not always have access to a sink and water, hand sanitizer is the next best thing. You can buy them a small bottle that attaches to their backpack so that they can always have it with them. Remind them to use it especially when they will be touching things that go into their mouth (before eating), and after touching things that lots of other students may have touched (after recess)
- Healthy after school snacks
Most kids are starving when they come home from school! Making sure you have something healthy and delicious when they get home will ensure that they don’t fill up on unhealthy treat! Here are some more great ideas of healthy after school snacks http://www.familycircle.com/recipes/healthy-eating/snacks/after-school-snacks/
Instilling your kids from a young age that exercise is important and just a part of life will help ensure that they will continue this into adulthood. Discuss with them and help them find an activity they can do after school that will get them moving! This could be anything from an organized sport, tumbling, an exercise class to having them play at the park with their friends! Get those bodies moving!
It is almost impossible for your children to get all of the vitamins and nutrients that they need from eating alone. That is why it is important that that we give our kids vitamins to make up for this difference. But don’t be fooled! Not all vitamins are the same! Do your research and find out which ones will work best for your kids.