Sending Kids Back to School on the Right Foot

August 4, 2016

It’s that time of year again! While both our teacher and student employees are dragging their feet about headed back to school, parental cheers are echoing all around us. As you are stocking back up on pencils, crayons, and notebooks, stop by and see us for the most important back to school supply! As a teacher, I see daily how important a well-balanced breakfast and lunch are for kids and their ability to learn. I can tell when a kid comes in the door whether or not that kid has had breakfast or not. Kids that have something healthy on their stomachs tend to focus longer and stay more engaged in lessons. They are not constantly thinking about when lunch is or about how hungry they are. Something as simple as a banana or an apple can be the difference between an A or a C.

Smoothies are a great way to start your family’s day. If you aren’t utilizing this simple one stop source of healthy living, you should be! You can put your family’s favorite fruits (or veggies!) into a blender and go. You can always use ice as your base but Greek yogurt is my personal favorite. It adds an extra smoothness and serving of dairy. Bananas, blueberries, and peaches are family favorites for smoothies at my house, but pretty much any fruit can be added. For an added interesting flavor you can add carrots, kale, or even beets to get your veggies in.

This time of year you can buy berries in bulk and put away for smoothies and other fruit goodies all winter. Flash freezing is the best way to preserve berries for smoothies. All you need to do is wash the berries, lay them out on a wax paper covered cookie sheet, and stick them in the freezer for 10-12 minutes. They should then pop right off the wax paper and then are ready to put in a freezer bag to use all winter. Frozen blackberries and blueberries can also be added to wine to get that fruity chill.

We’re getting ready to head into NC apple season and, almost stereotypically, apples have become a choice snack for kids and teachers alike. High in natural sugars and juices, apples provide a quick and simple on the go source of calories and nutrition. You can pair them with peanut butter and/or Nutella to add a little extra sticking power. Rainbow and baby carrots are also great snack or lunch options that can be utilized the same way as the apples. Both can quickly be prepared the night before for lunch boxes or snack coolers. Stop by Rock Store or any of our stands for more easy tips for keeping your kids healthy in school!

About the Author

Erin B., Old Monroe Road

Erin B.
Rock Store Lead

Erin is a full time CMS teacher at Hawthorne Academy in Charlotte, NC. She is a proud graduate of Appalachian State University and joined us from Lyons Farms in Raleigh, NC. Erin has been apart of Providence Produce since 2014

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