We need to recognize and respond to the reality that many families need education, resources, and access! Shaming parents, shaming kids while at school, and banning or removing things does not encourage self-esteem or critical thinking -- and I'm pretty sure that is one of the reasons we send our kids to school!
If you are new to packing nut free lunches, it can be a challenge. PB & J is one of the most reliable kid foods in existence; what do you do when your star player has been benched? As a vegetarian mom, it took me a while to wrap my head around packing a nutrient-dense lunch without the nuts. With a bit of planning, however, you can find great foods that your kids love to eat.
Nutrient-rich foods not only fuel those busy bodies and brains, but they also help in the development of teeth and gums! And just as the rest of your body needs a variety of vitamins and minerals to grow healthy, your teeth and gums do, too, to avoid decay, gum disease, plaque, periodontal disease and cavities.
The rumours about home-schooling moms are true: there are days where I don't get out of my pyjamas. On those days, my kids and I snuggle up on the couch with tea and a blanket and our lesson books. We leisurely read about kings and queens and islands and earthquakes and I never once give thought to putting on grown-up pants.
Healthy eating has long been my passion. I've educated Canadians on nutrition and how to create delicious, well-balanced meals for over 20 years. My interest in spreading this important message stemmed from wanting to improve my health so I could be the role model for my family and for them to learn healthy eating practices.
With a busy work week, it sometimes feels impossible to squeeze in enough time to pack a healthy lunch. When a jam-packed schedule leaves you crunched for time, the result is often skipping lunch altogether or opting for a fast, but not-so-healthy meal on the go. With a few simple tricks and some inspiration for nourishing and delicious lunch recipes, healthy eating at work can be a breeze!
Facing the what-to-pack-for-lunch-or-snack dilemma is back. It's important to make sure the food they eat will give them the fuel they need to succeed at school. Keep their tummies full and their minds alert with these three back-to-school snacks and lunches that'll offer everyone a nice change of pace from the good old tried-and-true BP&J sandwich.