Well folks it’s that time of year again- I hope you all had a fabulous summer and remember we do still have 1 more month let of summer season before, its BACK TO SCHOOL!
Back in the day- oh man I’m really making myself sound old, my mom was always so organized we would start school shopping August 1st– not a day later- she wanted to make sure we were super organized and prepared for our first day back!
Now as a dietitian and as a dietitian working for a supermarket, you are probably wondering, how is this lady going to help me with my back to school lists? Well let me tell you….I’m sure you are all aware that children need to have good nutrition in order to be able to perform their best, especially while at school! And this is where I can help.
Our Supermarket Dietitian Team here at Coborn’s wants your cupboards to be ready to nourish those growing bodies every morning before school, packed in that lunch box and all those snacks in between- yes those are important too! We do know that dinner is very important as well and we haven’t forgotten that- that will be our focus ALL of NEXT Month! September celebrates Family Meals Month! Be sure to check back next month for all our recipes and tips to make this important meal happen.
When thinking of some quick and easy breakfast and lunch ideas, always use MyPlate to ensure that you are including all the important food groups, if there are any dietary limitations or restrictions you know where to get help 😉
Here are some quick breakfast ideas:
- Oatmeal- flavor with cinnamon and fresh or dried fruit
- Granola – bear naked brand
- Whole grain cereal that is lower in sugar (Kix, Cheerios, Life, Freedom brand, Love Grown brand, fruitful O’s by Cascadian Farms)
- 100% whole wheat: toast, bread, sandwich thins, bagels or English muffins
- Nut butter- almond butter or peanut butter
- Egg bake- made the night before
- Egg muffin- made the night before
- See diary category
- All the fresh fruit
- Canned fruit in 100% juice
- Unsweetened applesauce
- Fruit leathers- no sugar added
- Add veggies to a microwavable omelet
- Add to a premade egg bake that you cook the night before
- Side of real potato hash browns
- Veggie spaghettis
- Spinach and or tomato on top of an egg sandwich
- Low fat milk
- Cheese slice
- Cheese stick
- Low fat low sugar yogurt
See the attached handout for all our lunch box ideas too!
Hopefully we have helped you find some quick and easy solutions for mornings on the go and how to make boxed lunches like a pro!
Peace and Wellness,
Ashley Kibutha, RD, LD
Coborn’s Registered Dietitian