Navigating School Nutrition: Tips for the Year Ahead

Navigating School Nutrition: Tips for the Year Ahead
Another school year is upon us.

With it comes the familiar challenge of ensuring our children eat healthily amidst the whirlwind of classes, activities, and peer influences.

To help, here's a straightforward guide to fortify their nutrition:
  1. **Packing with Purpose**: Homemade lunches can be a game changer.

    Consider whole grains, lean proteins, and a mix of vegetables and fruits.

    Making a small serving of Miracle Noodle Spaghetti with their favorite tomato sauce can be an additional treat that kids love making them feel like they had a nice big, satisfying lunch.

    Also don’t forget healthy crunchy snacks - if you haven’t tried our friend Amit’s crunchy savory and sweet pumpkin seeds check them out HERE for a healthy snack.

    Healthy chocolate covered pumpkin seeds for example!
  2. **The Natural Sweet Switch**: Try to include a few dates and dried fruits.

    While they are calorie dense and can be over eaten, they help recalibrate our children's taste buds to appreciate natural sweetness and can wean them off of candy.

  3. **Educate & Collaborate**: Sharing the 'why' behind nutrition can be empowering.

    Whenever possible, involve them in meal planning. A child who understands their food is more likely to enjoy it.

    Talk about fiber, protein, natural carbohydrate sources, and why food in its original packaging from nature are what their bodies need.

  4. **Consistency is Key**: Set regular meal and snack times.

    This simple routine can help manage hunger and stabilize energy levels throughout the day.

    I can’t emphasize this enough - routine can be the key to healthy habits that can last a lifetime.

  5. **Lead by Example**: Our habits, attitudes, and words about food shape our children’s perspectives.

    Let's ensure they're seeing a balanced, informed approach to nutrition.

Remember, while guidance is crucial, it's also essential to let children make their own choices, fostering both independence and awareness, but lead by offering a wider variety of natural foods to choose from.

We are blessed to have access to so much at our local stores - branch out, try new vegetables and fruits for example and include your kids in the choices.

Wishing you a successful and nutritious school year!
To you and yours in health,

Jonathan Carp, MD
President - Miracle Noodle

P.S. During my extensive travels in Japan, I was deeply impressed by the pride taken in school nutrition.

This video by a YouTuber I like, provides a fascinating glimpse into how school lunches are crafted there.

The dedication to quality and nutrition is off the charts impressive.

Experience it for yourself!

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