In the midst of chaos with back to school shopping, meet the teacher nights and squeezing in those last minute summer events, August is also National Kids Eat Right Month.
To help organize your back to school healthy eating plan, here are a couple of my favorite go-to resources to refocus on getting our kids the best nutrition they need to grow healthy and succeed in school.
Try out some of these helpful tips from Kids Eat Right to encourage your family to eat healthy as a back to school routine.
- Shop smart – To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that
will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.
- Cook healthy – Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.
- Eat right – Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day’s experiences with one another.
The perfect tool for a picky eater and a budget is the Spend Smart Eat Smart program by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. It provides tips on shopping, storing, cooking how-to videos and tasty recipes that use simple ingredients.
My favorite recipe to serve for the first day back to school breakfast is the Breakfast Splits. It is a nutrient packed breakfast that looks like dessert.
To stay in the know, make dinner a date! I make it a priority to schedule family dinners on the calendar at least twice per week. It’s hard to accomplish with all the family member commitments, but when scheduled you are more likely to keep it as a date. For family meal nights, try out a recipe that is easy for everyone to dig in and help, such as Pita Bread Pizza. This recipe allows the kids to make it their own way with the veggies they love to eat.
Good luck with your fall adventures!
Written by Nikki Stahr, Registered Dietitian and Live Healthy Iowa Assistant Director