Where did the summer go?
Currently I am huddled in a blanket, with a to do list as long as my arm, and a whole host of ‘back to school’ chores to complete.
Already I long for the care free days of the six week holidays.
I am going to struggle to adjust to the mayhem of pick up, drop off, juggling work around after school fun, creating meals in minutes and fitting in time to play.
So I am pretty sure the kids may take a while to adjust.
Historically, mine take a few weeks to settle down – and I do work hard to ensure that the first couple of weeks are in the routine and we settle back into school life.
And I start with what goes in their mouth.
It has been a summer of sugar, and I know that if you mix that with school – the end result is merely grumpy, disengaged kids. Although my guys eat a tonne of good sugar, raspberries by the box (!), there are still parts of their diet that don’t quite hit the mark for brain food yet.
Yup – the fish bit!
Two out of three of my kids will only go near fish if it is hanging above a hook a duck sign.
Which means they miss out on the lovely Omega-3 fatty acids that impact brain health.
Did you know we should eat 140g a week of oily fish?
Most kids eat between 13-29g….
But – what is the solution if they turn their nose up at tune mayo wraps and salmon wrapped in parma ham?
I am working with Equazen, who have a range of solutions! Their children’s chews have the fishy taste and odour removed, but still contain all the good stuff to help assist the kids brain in the classroom.
I simply add the chews to the kids lunchboxes!
And then the aim is to make the rest of the lunch box full of yummy goodness!
Quick wins include using wholemeal bread or wraps – so a nice slow release of energy.
Bit of protein in the sandwich, or a boiled egg to accompany! With an Equazen chew alongside!
Get some dairy in, in the form of cheese or yoghurt, or a home made milkshake!
And of course fruit and a bit of chocolate – because no diet should be restrictive!
My kids have a huge year coming up, with academic and sports mixing beautifully – I want them to be as ready as they can be – and helping them eat well is one of the ways I can shine as a mum!
There are, of course, other areas to focus on. You will want to make sure your little ones have an eye test and prescription glasses with Crystal Vision Lenses if they need them to see the board. You’ll want to make sure that they’ve been exercising and are healthy and fit to run around with the other kids. You’ll want to take care of all sorts of steps to give them the best start possible. But diet is one of the steps that fastest and easiest to alter.
Thanks to Equazen for helping out with those little changes to ensure a healthy body and mind!