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5 Tips for Healthy Back To School Nutrition

Barb Biagioli

School is back in session! 

Did you know approximately 17% of children ages 2-19 in the United States are obese, which has steadily increased over the past 30 years?

Many variables contribute to this statistic. But we have the opportunity to change these numbers by providing healthy foods to our children, encouraging play time, becoming informed about what our school systems offer for meals and snacks, and creating an engaging and healthy environment that promotes positive body image and healthy food choices. There are several quick and easy ways you can keep your kids lunch boxes filled with the right foods! 

Include a variety of whole foods throughout your kids day, to ensure a well balanced diet, that will keep them growing physically and mentally. Boundless energy for learning and play comes from your child's diet and nutrition - which doesn't have to include the sugar induced high associated with fruit roll-ups.

Try our 5 Tips for Healthy Back to School Nutrition instead. Let's Get Started!

photo credit: wholefoodrealfoodgoodfood.com

photo credit: wholefoodrealfoodgoodfood.com

1. Sign Up for 9 Miles East Meal Delivery

Do yourself a favor and make the Back to School transition easier on YOU. When you sign up for a meal subscription, we'll deliver healthy and convenient meals directly to your door step. You can share these meals with your family or keep them all for yourself!

  • Cut down time spent on meal prep.
  • Spend less time and money at the grocery store.
  • Spend more time making a healthy lunch for your kids. Your lunch is already taken care of!

2. Pack Healthy Snacks

Healthy snacks can make all the difference in your child's ability to perform throughout the school day. Include foods and snacks with a variety of protein, healthy fats and fiber to keep them full, nourished and satisfied.

  • Order a GO Bag from 9 Miles East Farm and cut up the veggies for a healthy snack.
  • Make kid-friendly ants on a log with organic nut butter

3. Lead By Example

Your kids see you as their role model. When you eat healthy foods and create a positive eating environment that includes vegetables and fruits, chances are they will mimic those healthy habits!

4. Get Involved

Get informed about what your child is being served at school and inquire about healthy options available.

  • Find out what will be on the lunch menu each week.
  • Consider making your kid's lunch if the school lunch is unhealthy.
  • Inquire about ways your child's school can include healthy lunch and snack options.

5. After School Snack Plate

Keep a section of the refrigerator stocked with snacks of their favorite healthy foods that are easy access for them or the babysitter. Snack Plates make a great healthy after school option - include foods such as: dark chocolate, celery, cherry tomatoes, dried fruit, almonds, and apples - any combination of fruit, veggies and healthy fat. 

  • Keep it light
  • Keep it portable
  • Keep it simple

We make it easy for you to keep your little ones and your family on track with being healthy during the school year. Have questions about our meal delivery program or want to get signed up? Email us at barb@9mileseast.com.