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Healthy Back to School and After School Tips


August 24, 2018

By Siddiqu

So it’s back to school time but a parents job is never done, you still have to feed these little monsters. Snacks are a must for growing children. They provide fuel and energy for a child to make it through their day. The problem as parents is that we must understand that snack doesn’t equate to a free-for-all. My client Nancy is sending her kids back to school this week and asked me what is a good snack for her kids to eat when they come home from school?

When dealing with children always focus on fiber. Fiber is what keeps kids healthy and regular (i.e. Apples, Berries, Pears, Bananas Green Peas, Carrots, Whole Wheat Bread). Researchers also have found that children who snacked on a mix of vegetables and cheese needed much fewer calories to feel full than those who snacked on plain old potato chips. Empty calories like chips and candy may shut your kid up for a moment but it provides no nutrient for your child to grow up big and strong and move out.

Don’t forget how long that summer break felt. Pre-package snacks-When a child has a ready accessible pre-packaged meal they have a greater tendency to eat it. Lunchable was able to cash in on this notion. As a parent put together your child a healthy snack in a plastic bag or a cool container that resembles a Lunchable.

Have a Snack Area-Stop letting your kids eat all over the house. When you have a designated snack area it limits mindless munching in front of a TV. Establish good eating habits early.

Make it sweet- Take healthy snacks such as carrots, celery, apple slices etc.. and add some dipping sauce. This makes eating fruits and vegetables more fun for your child.

Breakfast Re-Run-A really healthy snack is breakfast food. Yep have your child have breakfast food in the afternoon in a smaller portion after school. 44 healthy breakfasts for kids that will help you fill your child’s belly with lots of good nutrition click here: https://www.homemadeforelle.com/healthy-breakfasts-for-kids/

Eat with your child-Family meals are a comforting ritual for both parents and kids. Children like the predictability of family meals and parents get a chance to catch up with their kids.

Siddiqu "The Personal Trainer" is a CPT, motivational speaker, author of How Are You Fat and Saved?! He is also the Co-creator of the largest bootcamp in Chicago The No Excuse Bootcamp and the exercise series

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