After a good night’s sleep, a nutritious breakfast is the next step to having a great day. See Mayo Clinic’s Healthy breakfast: Quick, flexible options for easy breakfast tips to refuel your body and jumpstart your day.
A healthy lunch is just what students need to recharge for an afternoon of learning. Have children help pack lunches the night before to cut down on the morning rush. Include foods such as lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains, as described in NIH’s Better Nutrition Every Day. Don’t forget to include healthy after school snacks for students who have an extended day due to after school activities.
Conclude the day with a healthy dinner. MedlinePlus’s Healthy Recipes has dozens of ideas (for breakfast, lunch, and snacks too!) and details out prep and cook times for easy meal planning. Completing the prep portion of a menu ahead of time allows busy families to put together a healthy meal more quickly. According to Eating habits and behaviors, a final tip to assist in serving well-balanced meals each evening is to plan the weekly menu ahead of time.
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