Monday, October 11, 2021

Mealtime Magic: Better Lunches to Avoid theAfternoon Slump

 With students back in school, some for the first time in 18 months, we are reminded of the need for delicious, nutritious meals to help fuel kids’ success in the classroom and at home! The right nutrition helps enhance childrens’ learning abilities and keep them focused, so keeping tummies full with the right fuel is more important than ever. Without proper fuel, kids cannot concentrate or perform to the best of their abilities, which is why it is so essential that we are setting kids up for success with fun-tastic meals they’ll love! 

Patrick Quinn, parenting expert at Brainly – the world’s largest online learning and homework help community – has tips and tricks for healthy and delicious school lunches, snacks and more. “Nutrition is the key to brain health, and making good food choices goes hand in hand with setting students up for success at school”, Quinn says. “Also, after a year of uncertainty, planning out lunches and sticking to a consistent lunchtime every day can help establish a sense of normalcy. Likewise, having a meal to look forward to makes every day more enjoyable for kids!”

Below are Patrick’s creative ideas and tips for kids’ lunches & snacks: 

1. Sandwich Kabobs

For kids who eat lunch while chatting with friends on Zoom or while they’re on their computer, sandwich kabobs are an excellent go-to for keeping fingers (and keyboards) clean and non-sticky. They’re also great for little fingers, making these bite sized treats perfect for younger kids.

2. Trail Mix 

A fun but nutritious snack, trail mix combines chocolate treats that kids love with healthy fats and protein to make any parent proud! A handful of this colorful medley will give students the energy boost they need to stay focused throughout the day. 

3. Homemade chips

A healthier version of a familiar treat, homemade chips are a crunchy, satisfying snack without unnecessary additives. 

4. Bite Sized Cucumber Sandwiches 

An easy and quick lunch option for those who are short on time, cucumber sandwiches stand up well to lunchboxes and stay crisp until lunchtime. Cucumbers are delicious and hydrating - a double whammy of goodness at lunch! 

5. Energy Bites

These have almost everything your kids need from a nutritional standpoint, all rolled into one tasty and fun snack. Energy bites pack in loads of healthy carbohydrates for sustained energy, protein for growth and focus during the day, and healthy fats for brain development.

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