School is back in session! Today on CBS Las Vegas NOW, I share healthy and easy meals, snacks and wellness essentials that kids and parents will love.
First, studies show that school children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom.
As with all meals for kids and adults, focus on a healthy balance of fruits and vegetables, proteins, grains and dairy. A2 milk is real dairy milk so offers the same great nutrition of 13 essential nutrients but some find it easier to digest since it that comes from cows that naturally produce only the A2 protein rather than a combination of a1 and a2 proteins contained in most dairy products. Hershey’s A2 milk couples a2 milk with Hershey’s cocoa to create a chocolate milk with Hershey’s classic taste, 8 grams of protein per serving and no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Find it at Walmart and local grocery stores in 8 ounce 12 packs and 59 ounce cartons
Next, having kids help pack their own lunchbox can help encourage healthy eating habits.
Have them choose 1 fruit , 2 vegetables, 1 whole grain, 1 dairy food and 1 healthy protein to build a balanced box. Hummus is protein food that help encourage consumption of positive food groups like whole grain crackers and vegetables. The Fresh Cravings Hummus is made with a short list of high-quality ingredients whole food ingredients including Chilean extra virgin olive oil, chickpeas and tahini. You can find a variety of flavors including Everything Bagel, Classic and Roasted Garlic in the deli section at Walmart.
Next, snacks don’t need to be unhealthy. There are plenty of nutritious options that give school-aged kids important nutrients and can help satisfy hunger between meals.
The Brainiac Brain Squeezers are delicious and flavorful apple sauces that kids love BUT but are packed with brain fuel including Omega-3 DHA fatty acids and choline – two nutrients normally found in foods like fish and eggs. They come in 3 flavors mega apple, apple cinnamon and apple strawberry with no added sugar or artificial flavors in convenient on-the-go pouches perfect for backpacks and lunchboxes. Another way to help kids meet their recommended 1-2 cup servings of fruit for the day is with freeze-dried fruit. The Crispy Green 100% pure freeze-dried fruit snacks, snack like a chip, have no added sugar and conveniently come in single-servings bags perfect for backpacks and lunchboxes. Their new packaging reduces waste and is better for the environment with the outer bag now recyclable and features 4 single-serving bags as opposed to 6 with an average 53% MORE fruit per bag. SO you get the same amount of fruit with less packaging.
Finally, support kid’s wellness and immune system all school year long.
TruBiotics® is a science-backed probiotic supplement available on Amazon featuring research-backed probiotics that works naturally to support both digestive and immune health at all stages of life—from infancy through adulthood. The new Kids Chewable probiotic features the BB-12 strain alongside LGG, which has been shown to reduce missed daycare days due to illness in children. Life’s First Naturals is a line of dietary supplements that feature cow colostrum which has more than 6,000 published studies on the benefits including immune and digestive support for adults and children over the age of one through its immune factors, protective proteins, growth factors and prebiotics. Available on Amaon and LifesFirstNaturals.com.