Start their year off right with energy, health and focus
We hate to say it, but it’s about that time…school will be starting very soon. That means early mornings, bus rides, homework, and, for many students across the country, packed lunches. It’s amazing the difference that a healthy packed lunch can make in a student.
According to a study on Nutrition and Students’ Academic Performance, what our kids eat has a LOT to do with how they perform in school. Healthy meal options help to increase focus and energy, and actually promote good grades. If you’re looking for a few ideas to make throwing together healthy lunches quickly and easily, we’ve pulled them together for you in this week’s blog.
TIPS FROM NUTRITIONISTS
1. Shop your grocery store’s perimeter – the center aisles of the grocery store tend to contain processed foods, artificial ingredients and colors. Stick to the store’s perimeter instead to choose from healthy, fresh produce, nut and seed butters, yogurts, guacamoles, hummus, nuts, and cheeses.
2. Stay consistent with food choices – health benefits from smart eating happen over time, so although it might be tempting to tuck sugary treats into lunch boxes now and then, aim to be a stickler for nutritional value. Kids’ bodies aren’t done growing, and can get great benefits from sustained healthy eating.
3. Switch up the flavors – although you want to stay consistent when it comes to the “healthy” category, have some fun and expand your student’s palate by switching up your flavor inspirations. Consider Sesame Tuna Edamame Salad for some Asian flare, or peach chicken salad for the taste of summer in the country.
4. Perfect the presentation – there’s something about a fun presentation that kids just eat up—literally…and there’s something about a simple presentation that parents LOVE. Try switching up salad, for example, by making salad skewers with chunks of iceburg lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cheese cubes, and cucumber…and a side of raspberry vinaigrette dressing for dipping.
5. Go heavy on fruits and veggies – these are the foods that provide the most vitamins, minerals and antioxidants…especially when raw. Try to include one fruit and one veggie in each packed lunch.
These quick tips might seem really simple—but they’re backed by science. If you need a little more recipe inspiration, we have you covered there too. Check out this lineup of 30 healthy school recipes from Allrecipes.com.
Work on sending your kids to school with healthy lunches that you can feel good about…and lunches that are simple and schedule friendly for you, too! On behalf of everyone at Geppetto Catering, we’d like to wish you all a wonderful 2019-2020 school year!