Easy Creative Back-to-School Tips for Parents and Children

by admin

It’s that time of year again…back to school! As we prepare for our week ahead, let us consider the health of our children and how we can support them in their ability to learn.  

I know how challenging it can be to get everyone clothed, fed, and out the door in time for the bus or a ride to school.  

Helpful tips for back-to-school transition: 

  • Getting adequate sleep the night before. This includes parents too! Lack of patience due to lack of sleep is not helpful to anyone.  
  • Get those kids to be self-sufficient or practice helping. Even little ones like to be of help or to have a job. 
  • Planning and prepping breakfasts and lunches before the week starts 
  • Lunches get packed the night before. Including filling much needed water bottles. 
  • This goes for parents too. 
  • Depending on the age of the child this can be done by them or with help. 
  • Approximate water needs by age: (This includes all hydration) 
Ages 1-3: approx. 4 Cups.  Ages 4-8: approx. 5 Cups.  Ages 9 and older approx. 7-8 Cups. 

For those kids that struggle to drink water because they don’t like the taste, get creative… 

  • Infuse water with citrus fruit, herbs (like peppermint) or berries 
  • Freeze fruit in ice trays for fruit cubes 
  • Get a special water bottle for them 
  • LIMIT OR ELIMINATE: Soda, fruit juice, sports drinks, sugary drinks, flavored water drinks that contain sugar, drinks that contain artificial sugar of any kind, any drink that contains artificial colors, flavors. 
  • Breakfast:  With a little forethought and prepping sugary cereals will not be able to compete.  

Some ideas: 

  • Protein packed waffles or pancakes (Tripple the batch and freeze or refrigerate) 
  • Add in’s like nut-flours, grass-fed collagen, hemp seeds, chia seed elevate the protein content. 
  • Boiled eggs- easy for little hands (and big hands) to grab and go! 
  • Yogurt with fresh fruit 
  • Skip the sugar-filled (or artificial sugar), color added, yogurt…purchase a large tub of organic, plain, FULL fat, dairy or nut-based yogurt. 
  • Add in fresh or frozen organic berries or fruit of choice. 
  • Sweeten with nutrient dense raw honey real or maple syrup. 
  • Breakfast “Cookies.” 
  • Pair with above protein options and you are good-to-go!  

Breakfast “Cookie” 

Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup room temperature coconut oil not melted 
  • 1/3 cup nut-butter (almond, cashew, tahini, sunflower seed) 
  • ¼ cup honey 
  • 1 egg 
  • 2 cups oats 
  • ½ cup almond flour 
  • ¼ cup coconut flour 
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds/flax seeds/hemp seeds (your choice or all of the above) 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon/nutmeg/pumpkin pie spice, etc. 
  • ½ tsp aluminum baking soda 
  • ¼ tsp sea salt 
  • ½ cup nuts (of your choice) coarsely chopped 
  • ½ cup dried/dehydrated/freeze dried fruit (of your choice) coarsely chopped 
  • * You can also try adding in pumpkin or sweet potato puree for added nutrients* 

Instructions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper 
  1. Use a blender to combine oil, nut butter and honey until smooth 
  1. Combine blended ingredients with remaining ingredients 
  1. Form into cookie shapes 
  1. Cook for 10 minutes and let cool on pan for 5 minuets 

*Inspired by https://www.raisinggenerationnourished.com/ 

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