Great Tips & Snacks for Busy Mothers, Fathers & Active Children

The busy season of September is starting up again! Children are returning to school and parents are responsible for packing lunches and snacks among many other tasks. During this time it is a good idea to come up with a plan on healthy snacks to send with your children to school. Let’s not stop there, often parents get caught up with what to give their children and neglect to feed themselves. Snacks are a great way of fueling the body and can really help parents get the fuel they need as well. Eating regularly helps reduce stress, increase efficiency and helps improve overall mental and physical well-being.

Being prepared with food is essential to packing a healthy lunch. Practice these tips for making healthy lunches easy:

  1. Dedicate 2 hours on one day a week to grocery shopping
  2. When you go to the grocery store bring a list with items you know will make healthy good lunches
  3. Try packing lunches the night before or get up early to have time to prepare in the mornings
  4. Involve your children in preparing lunches (cutting up veggies or helping pick what goes on the grocery list)
  5. While packing lunches for the children pack one for yourself at the same time.

Add some of these snacks to your grocery list:

  1. Nuts or trail mix
  2. Fruits such as apples, pineapple or strawberries
  3. Veggies such as carrots, celery, peppers, cucumbers, or snap peas
  4. Hard boiled eggs
  5. Left overs
  6. Organic home popped popcorn (low salt and butter)
  7. Apples and peanut butter
  8. Dates and almonds
  9. Small cheese slices
  10. Yogurt Parfaits- plain Greek yogurt add honey, fruit and granola

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