Back to school: 7 delicious, healthful morning snacks
The summer vacation is over! Time for school! Books, pencil case, diary… anything missing from your satchel? A mid-morning or afternoon snack, of course! Here are some ideas that might take some of the ‘blues’ out of ‘back to school’!
After nearly three long months of fun and games, the seaside, swimming, excursions, games and novelty for our children, the time comes to return to school activities where they left off. Uniforms for some, and, for all − as the new school year progresses, with daily routines gradually kicking in −, mid-morning or afternoon snacks. It’s nice to meet up with your school friends again, and perhaps greet your favorite teachers too. But it is a trying time, too, during which children’s day to day life rhythms change. The alarm clock goes off. Then sitting hour after hour chained to a desk… it will take a little time to get used to school life again!
Variety is the spice of life!
Variety is, in itself, a vital dietary requisite for balanced and comprehensive nutrition. Our meals should always vary, whether breakfast, mid-morning and afternoon snacks, lunch or dinner. The Mediterranean Diet − a dietary model acknowledged by UNESCO in 2010 as belonging to humankind’s “intangible cultural heritage” − is a good guide when selecting the best options for our kids (seasonal fruit and vegetables, cereals, legumes, good fats such as in olive oil, fish, white meat, dairy products and red meat, but in limited quantities!).
The principle is all very well. But when it comes to snacks for our kids? Can we give them all the variety and genuineness they deserve? Can we strike the right balance between our kids’ preferences and practicality? Including getting everything ready on time and packing it so everything makes it to school in one piece? Here are a few ideas!
A different snack for every day of the week