Back-to-School Grocery shopping means filling your cart up with the best after-school snacks as well as quick-and-easy back-to-school lunch and breakfast options.
Studies have shown a moderate fat diet may be better for people as opposed to a low-fat diet. If your teen is struggling with obesity, you can find healthier after-school snacks ideal for a teen diet. Help your overweight teen by limiting processed foods, and leaving out a basket of fresh fruits for homework study time.
It’s best to steer clear of junk food, but with so many healthy products available, your children and teens won’t even know you are selecting healthy items.
Here are some tips on how to save money with your back-to-school grocery shopping while also selecting the healthiest products for nutritious after-school snacks and back-to-school breakfasts.
Step 1: Consult with your children or teens. Ask your children about the general kinds of breakfasts and after-school snacks they like best. For example, do they prefer cereal or do they prefer pancakes or smoothies in the morning?
Step 2: Use two or three different envelopes to organize coupons for your different grocery stores. Write on the envelope what you plan to buy at the different stores as you develop your plans. For example, some products can only be found at the health food store, Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods market, while some staples may be less expensive at your main grocery store.
Step 3: Make a plan for back-to-school breakfasts. Breakfast should be the largest meal of the day for your child. The Reverse diet will keep your child not only thin, but prepared for busy school days. Some good things to add to your breakfast shopping lists include: Pamela’s gluten-free baking mix, Ezekiel cereal or try some gluten-free breakfast ideas since many children do better without wheat.
Step 4: Come up with your creative, but child-friendly back-to-school lunch ideas. Again, consult with your child, and spend a few days taste-testing any new healthy options you have come up with either before school starts or over the weekend. For a drink, select all-fruit juice or add a Zevia or Hansen’s Blue Sky Free soda to their lunch box. The soda is made with Truvia or the plant-based sweetener from the stevia plant.
Step 5: Write down your child’s favorite after-school snacks that are also health. After-school is the best time to eat probiotics since they don’t have to worry about getting to a bathroom. Some suggestions include Activia dessert yogurt which is smooth and more kid-friendly in my opinion. Instead of candy bars, try the chocolate Attune bars that contain probiotics. Other great after-school snacks include Amy’s burritos and Popcorn Indiana. If you are out and about, I recommend the McDonald’s smoothie with real fruit. But be careful of fast food refreshments.
When it comes to dinner, I know it’s hard. Quick meals, that are also healthy, are not easy to whip up during the school year. Fast food is tempting, but you can make the majority of your quick and healthy meals at home.
Some health food stores have lowered their prices in recent years so you may be surprised to find you can find better school lunches and after-school snacks without going broke.
I highly recommending back-to-school grocery shopping with your child at Trader Joe’s, Whole Food Markets or a mom-and-pop health food store so they can select their favorite nuts, fruits, snacks and products without artificial colors, MSG, artificial sweeteners and high-fructose corn syrup. You may be surprised by the healthy items they pick! And they are more likely to eat something they chose.
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