Healthy tips from a Registered Dietitian
With the start of school right around the corner, stores are filling up with markers, folders, pencils, bookbags and other back-to-school necessities. Amidst all the thought going into what color folder to buy for each subject, have you also put thought into planning school year meal and snack ideas for yourself or your kids?
We all know that the start of school also means the start of new schedules. For many of us, that means no more sleeping till noon. For others, it means more stress of having to be well prepared in everything from doing homework and going to football practice to packing a healthy lunchbox or knowing what to select in the cafeteria. There are a lot of decisions and plans to be made.
And, while fueling your body with the right types of foods should not have to be a daunting task, for many it is. So, perhaps you should take some time to decide just how much effort, time and money you can put into eating healthfully. For example, if time is short, but you have extra cash in your wallet, maybe picking up dinner to go is a good idea. Or, if you are on a tight budget and not much time to spare, think about setting aside one to two days per week to shop and prep foods for the week. Making your own frozen meals or doubling recipe size in order to have leftovers for a few days may help you in the mid-week rush, when so many of us tend to put nutrition on the back burner.
Rather than a list of things to avoid, here are some tips to help keep you focused on nutrition while also leaving time for all your activities:
While it may take a few times to get in a good routine, a little planning and preparation can go a long way when it comes to good nutrition. And, it will help the school year go much more smoothly for everyone!
Julie Whittington is a Registered Dietitian in the Lake Norman area. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.