Food is fuel, and real food—healthy proteins, vegetables (complex carbohydrates) and fruits —are high-octane fuel. You feel best when you eat in small doses throughout the day, beginning with breakfast-and so do your kids.
Have you noticed that your child has difficulty focusing? Do they occasionally display unstable moods or suddenly become irritable and anxious? Maybe you notice windows of time that they seems to “crash”-suddenly appearing weak and tired. More often than not, this is due to a lack of balance in blood sugar levels. Try to provide children with a protein source every 3-4 hours. Hard boiled eggs, rolled up turkey slices, a handful of nuts or a protein based smoothie will rapidly stabilize their mood, focus and energy level.
Aim to incorporate more local and organic fruits and vegetables. Remember, the fresher the food, the more potent its nutrients. On the weekends, consider batch cooking. Fresh organic chicken, turkey, beef and veggie based stews/soups can be prepared and frozen. This will provide you with an arsenal of healthy (quick!) meals to serve on busy weeknights when a drive-thru becomes the most appealing.
Plan ahead. If you and your family will be on the go for several hours, a well timed snack can mean the difference between a peaceful ride and a complete and utter meltdown. Instead of turning to sugary processed snack foods, try some hummus or almond butter and chop up some veggies for dipping. Even a simple handful of nuts can feel magical when pulled from your purse at the right time.