Healthy hacks for back-to-school on a budget
Whether you’re opting for virtual or in-classroom learning this year, it can be a struggle to marry health and creativity in the kitchen for the kiddos without it being a time suck.
If your self esteem is drowning from Pinterest overload, we’ve got you covered. Below are healthy hacks for the back-to-school season that are easy on you, and your wallet.
- Start the day with a healthy breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day according to experts, and we agree. Mornings can be hectic so try a breakfast smoothie! We’ve got recipes for you here and here. Got a little more time? Our Orange Carrot Oat Muffins are perfect for breakfast or a mid-morning snack.
- Pack foods with a nutritional punch. Avoid convenience foods like fatty chips and pre-made, sugar-laden granola bars. Opt for fruits like oranges and apples, which stay fresh for a long time, and here’s a recipe for Orange Turmeric Granola that can be made gluten free, or vegan.
- Ditch pre-packaged snacks. Buying pre-packaged foods is a budget buster. What’s more, many packaged foods contain preservatives that aren’t healthy. Experiment at home with homemade Orange Chocolate Energy bites or other healthy baked goods. Low on time? Organic apples with peanut butter and organic carrots with dip or hummus are good options.
- Get your kids involved. Let your kids choose organic veggies and fruits they want to eat for the week in advance. They’ll feel more empowered and excited about what they’re eating, which will increase the odds of them consuming better nutrition, and you’ll only be buying what you need.
- Creativity is important. Think outside the bread! You don’t have to send a sandwich every day. Hard boiled eggs, yogurt, tuna in pouches with crackers and beans are good protein-packed choices. Or, experiment with “sandwiches on a stick,” which are kabobs with cubes of turkey, cheese, bread and veggies. Make lunch fun!
- Utilize a thermos. Consider packing a nutrient rich veggie smoothie (sweetened with fruit) or a homemade soup from leftovers the night before.
- Avoid soda. Instead, pack water, organic milk or Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice, which has over 100% of your child’s RDA for vitamin C to support the immune system.
- Invest in reusable snack bags for a litterless lunch. We all know using less plastic is a smart idea, so get your kiddos on board with sustainability habits early. A well-made reusable snack bag will last a long time. Nordic by Nature and Fluf are two options to consider.