Whether your child is preparing for exams or daily quizzes, it’s important to fuel them with the right foods to ensure their success. We know that it can be time consuming to sort through labels and find recipes that are quick and easy in the midst of the morning madness. Learn more about healthy foods that can help fuel your child throughout the day.
It’s commonly said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is very true, especially for kids in school. Being fueled by a healthy breakfast ensures that your child has the energy to start the day and stay filled and fueled until lunch. Research shows that children are able to think clearer when they have breakfast in the morning. Having a healthy breakfast can give them energy and keep them focused on their work rather than growling bellies or hunger. One way to prepare breakfast in advance is to make overnight oats, which are a great source of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants.
There are three key energy-boosting nutrients that your child needs: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Carbohydrates are great for fueling the brain and heart. Common carbohydrates that can be incorporated into your child’s lunch are bread, rice, and pasta. Protein is an energy source that provides restoration to cells. Sources of protein include meat, fish, and soy products. Healthy fats like butter, oil, mayonnaise, and nuts help to balance out meals and keep your child fuller longer. By blending these essential pieces together in lunch, you can help your child get energized without an afternoon slump caused by processed sugars or refined carbs. Consider a turkey wrap with a side of carrot sticks and an apple for a healthy, balanced lunch.
Finding healthy and also tasty snacks for your kids can be tough, but you can have the best of both worlds! Plain fruits and vegetables may be a hard stop for your child, but offering a condiment along with a fruit or veggie can make it tastier for them. For example, adding peanut butter in addition to veggies like celery or fruits like apples can make them more appealing and be an added source of protein. You can also freeze their fruits into a popsicle to create a fun and healthy treat!
At Lake Forrest Prep, we love supporting and encouraging families to eat healthy foods and be fueled for the school day. As a leading Orlando private school, we want to encourage everyone to stay connected to their family. To learn more about what sets us apart from other area schools, schedule a tour online or give us a call at 407-331-5144.