Going back to school can be a busy time for families. Packing lunches in particular healthy ones, can be difficult for moms and dads. Dr. Jennifer is excited to share some of her favorite things to pack for her child for achieving peak performance and health. The following ideas are options you can try.
- Dips: hummus, almond butter, pesto, guacamole and salsas. Are an excellent way to increase vegetable intake. Try cutting veges into bite-sized pieces for fun dipping. You can also try wholegrain crackers or leftover meat from dinner with the dips.
- Home-made nut-free trail mixes: cranberries or other dried fruits, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, yogurt covered raisins, granola or pretzels, dark chocolate chips.
- Want to introduce a new bread? Try using different breads together.
- Frozen berries or homemade popsicles with blended coconut water and berries make an excellent healthy dessert or snack option.
- Whole Wheat pitas or wraps instead of sandwiches. Cut a pita in half and stuff it with your child’s favorite veggies, hummus and or meats. Avoid processed deli meats on a regular basis. Substitute with leftover chicken, turkey or roast beef from the night before (always cook extra for quick lunches the next day).
- Drinks: pop and juice boxes contain lots of sugar. This will decrease productivity and attention in school. Try flavored coconut water on its own or mixed with their favorite juices, chill non-caffeinated herbal teas (ex. Chocolate mint rooibos, Passion by Tazo tea) or use 100% pure juices diluted with water.
Dr. Jennifer, Naturopathic Doctor at Rebalance London Naturopathic & Wellness Clinic & Mom, knows the importance of maintaining a healthy diet for herself and her family. As primary health care providers she provide Integrative Health Care for the Entire family.