Eating Habits That Help Kids Do Better in School

Get ready for school!

Get ready for school!

Have you started your back to school shopping yet? It’s almost that time of year again!  But before you prep your kids with new notebooks and pencil cases, how about getting them ready for school success with better eating habits?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, good eating habits can help children perform better at school.  The University of Alabama provides sound advice for simple ways that you can feed your children to help them perform better academically.

What’s for Breakfast?

Cereal is easy, but it’s not always the best choice, says Krista Casazza, Ph.D., R.D., assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. In a news release, she explains that many breakfast cereals contain too much sugar which can cause a quick high and then a crash .  Instead, she recommends starting the day with fruits, proteins and whole grains.

“A balanced breakfast will fuel the body for a long period and help sustain their attention level through lunch, when they need to eat well again,” Casazza said. “This will hold them until dinner, and they won’t snack ravenously after school.”

Better Snack Choices

If your kids are normal, they’ll still want to snack.  With so many unhealthy choices in vending machines, on store shelves and at fast food restaurants, it’s hard to steer them in the right direction.  Casazza offers these tips

  • Offer healthy choices like yogurt, fruits and veggies.
  • If they want “kid stuff,” baked chips can be an option, in moderation.
  • Drink water. Soda lacks nutritional value.

If you start to modify your eating habits during the lazier summer months, then the habits will already be in place when fall hits and your schedule becomes more hectic.  Do it now for best results.

Have you checked out the North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss website?  It’s a great source of easy tips for healthy eating, exercise and diet support.  You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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