Back to School Diets for Healthier Kids


The end of August and the beginning of September are almost upon us, and that means that millions of children around the country are getting ready to go back to school. This can be either an exciting time or a frustrating time for children and parents alike, but parents often find themselves struggling to feel prepared to send their children off to school after a long summer of relaxation and fun.

Whether we realize it or not, the school year may place a significant amount of stress on our children. Regardless of whether a child is in second grade or is starting his or her sophomore year of high school, there is a seemingly constant pressure to learn, pass tests, and perform as an intelligent young student. Parents are tasked with managing this stress and putting their children in a position to succeed. A big part of these efforts is ensuring that our children are achieving optimal health and wellness outcomes.

One of the more important aspects of health and wellness for children as they return to school is making sure that they are provided with the right foods. The diet of our children as they go back to school can determine their energy levels, their focus, and their ability to handle all of the tasks that are being thrown at them throughout the school year. It is especially important to start the school year off right with a good diet so that they form the right habits for the rest of the year and so they get off on the right foot in their classes.

This involves eating a proper breakfast, sending kids off to school with health lunches, avoiding the temptation of unhealthy school lunches, and so much more that can put our children in the right position to succeed at school. When we start early, we instill lifelong habits in our children to the point where they will be able to encourage their own health and wellness over the long term.

The “back to school” stress does not have to be as serious as we make it out to be, and a big part of that revolves around a child’s diet in the early school days. Ensure that your kids are getting enough protein and whole grains to keep them focused throughout the day and ready to learn.

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