Secret Eating Right While Surviving the Chaos of Back to School

 

 

Secret Eating Right While Surviving the Chaos of Back to School 

Secret Eating Right While Surviving the Chaos of Back to School.  Planning and prepping meals in advance will determine if you can eat right with the chaos of the start of the school year.   Worth restating. Planning and prepping meals in advance will determine if you can eat right with the chaos of the start of the school year.   Spend the time and create a weekly or monthly family food menu. From the menu create your grocery list. Then spend one day to prep the meals for a few days. Most will find it easiest to prep for a minimum of Monday-Friday. This will make life easy, allow you to eat right and you will be surprised to find you will spend less on food.

One way to engage the kids in the prep process is to create a food bar. On the bar you have sections of Treats, Grains, Vegetables, Grains and Proteins. Each kid or family member pics one pre packed item from each group for each day of the week. (we stole this idea from eatingwell.com) Get creative and color code each family members snack and meal containers. There really are no rules and the only limit is your imagination. You can even pre make breakfast. Then every night prep dinner and maybe a snack before bed. This will save lots of time cooking and shopping during the week and will keep you from eating out (cost savings and healthier.)

**TOP Secret** Get your family to eat those vegetables.  Combine onion soup mix or ranch dip powder to plain Greek yogurt. Use this as a dip for your vegetables. This is a great way to get kids to eat more vegetables, up the protein of a meal, and reap the benefits of yogurt.

Proteins:

  • Cheese sticks
  • Yogurt cups
  • Deli meat
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Hummus
  • Nut or seed butter
  • Edamame pods

Grains:

  • Whole-wheat pita triangles
  • Whole-grain crackers
  • Whole-wheat tortilla
  • Whole-wheat pasta salad
  • Cooked brown rice

Fruits:

  • Unsweetened applesauce cups or pouches with no added sugar, such as as Mott’s® Unsweetened Applesauce
  • Bananas, small or cut in half
  • Grapes, cut in half lengthwise
  • Berries
  • Clementines
  • Pears

Vegetables:

  • Baby carrots
  • Celery sticks
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Bell pepper strips
  • Cucumber slices
  • Snap peas
  • Frozen peas, thawed or frozen
  • Frozen corn, thawed or frozen

Treats:

  • Tortilla chips
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Dark chocolate squares
  • Cookies
  • Pretzels
  • Dried fruit
  • Granola bars
  • Graham crackers

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