Parents do their best to fuel up their children with healthy breakfast food that will provide them with the energy to think and play while at school. However, when 10am comes around and children are ready to recharge, they need to count on a healthy, natural snack to get them through until lunchtime.
As parents, finding the time to prepare healthy snacks can be difficult. It is easier and more economical to pack children with to go bags of chips or granola bars. But are those foods setting up your child for success in the classroom?
The answer is NO! Mechanically processed food is usually loaded with sugar or high fructose corn syrup. This type of food can cause children to:
- Become restless and inattentive
- Miss out on important nutrients
- Gain weight
Instead try sending your child to school with all-natural snacks like fresh fruits and veggies. Fruits and vegetables that are high in potassium are great choices because they will give your child the proper brainpower to succeed at school. Examples include oranges, bananas, apricots, avocados and melons.
As we all know it can be difficult to convince youngsters to consume fruits and vegetables. If this is the case with your child try packing other natural foods for snack time. Foods like chicken, nuts, turkey, and eggs can be brought to school in small containers and eaten in between meals.
In order to be successful with natural foods for snack start slow and add them to your child’s lunch box gradually.