6 MEAL PREPPING TIPS FOR THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL GRIND
September can be a stressful month. Between classes, after-school activities, and maintaining a hectic work schedule, getting into back-to-school mode can be difficult for everyone. To make this time a bit more manageable, we came up with some tips to start the school year off on the right foot, because growing healthy kids starts in the kitchen!
- Have the Right Tools
Kids learn with their senses so having fun and interactive lunch containers are an easy way to get them excited about lunchtime. Japanese inspired Bento Boxes have small compartments for different food, making them fun for kids to use. The different sizes and shapes of the containers promote food variety, meaning more nutrients, and portion control. We recommend Bentgo Kids Lunchbox , it’s leak-proof, colorful, and easy to clean. (on sale $27.99)
- Have Little Helpers
Getting kids involved in the kitchen can help prevent obesity through guiding children to make healthier food choices. Positive exposure and involvement in the cooking process will create a healthy mindset, leading to a better relationship with food. It is also a great way to bond with your kids, teaching them essential skills, and learning more about their likes and dislikes. Have fun in the kitchen together, and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!
- Utilize Leftovers
Have extra chicken breast or veggies from the night before? Reuse them! Leftovers are an easy way to meal prep while saving time and money. Add new spices and turn Tuesday night’s chicken and rice dinner to Wednesday’s chipotle chicken tacos for lunch.
- Prep In Bulk
Save yourself time during the week by cooking whole-grains in bulk. High in fiber and protein, this ingredient is more filling than others. They are also affordable and easy to repurpose. Make your favorite grain early in the week and pair it with whatever protein, fruit, and veggies you want. Don’t forget to make lunch for yourself too!
- Make it Fun but Doable
Be creative but realistic. You don’t have to use crazy ingredients or spend hours cutting them into little shapes for lunch to be fun for you and your kids. Utilize colorful spices like turmeric, a natural anti-inflammatory that is great for liver health, and it also turns food yellow! We firmly believe that healthy doesn’t mean bland or boring, experiment with different spices, fruits, and veggies for a colorful plate.
- Use A Formula
We all want our kids to be healthy, a great way to do that is maintaining proper portion sizes and getting variety in your food groups. We recommend always having a protein, grain, fruit, and veggie on the plate, what they are is up to you! We love to pair Greek yogurt, our Vintage granola and raspberries with a side of carrot sticks.