Think Wise and Eat Right at School
Children consider parents as their role model for every single activity, with food choices being no exception. But this stops with the family environment at home. At school, kids are subjected to peer pressure which drives them to make faulty food choices sometimes. It is in the hands of parents to encourage kids to make smart choices by serving them quality breakfast at home, packing healthy lunches and snacks and guiding them to make the right food choices at school.
Parents need not shoulder this responsibility in a single-handed manner as many schools have started developing wellness policies to encourage good nutrition practices. Schools have an RDN appointed for classrooms where children can interact with the nutritionist and fine tune their eating habits and meal schedules. Such interactions improve the food choices of children and instil the message that healthy eating is a lifelong journey.
Break the Fast with a Hearty Breakfast
Research proves that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Break your overnight fast with a balanced meal to notice positive changes in overall health and well-being, especially in children and teens.
Firstly, avoid skipping breakfast at any cost. Remember that your child’s brain and body suffers all day long with decreased efficiency in performance when he/she avoids eating breakfast. Feed your kids a power-packed breakfast which will improve performance and attitude towards studies at school along with a healthy weight gain.
Munch a Hearty Lunch
Though breakfast is claimed to be the most critical meal of the day, lunch is also vital to maintain a child’s overall health and performance at school.
Most children tend to snack on junk food after school hours. Make your children stay away from this unhealthy eating habit by helping them choose naturally nutrient-rich and fat-free fruits and vegetables. These foods help to bridge the nutrient gaps without adding extra calories. Consuming more fruits and vegetables is a wise choice for both adults as well as children.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.