Food & Lifestyle
Updated: August 13, 2020
Back to School Ready!
This year, it’s easy to be back to school ready, with Foster’s!
Our back to school blog has helpful tips, product suggestions and lunch inspo to get everyone ready for the school year ahead.
Back to School Tips
Get the whole family into a routine
– Plan a consistent time for studying
– It’s recommended that students study a little every day, rather than cramming before a quiz (this will help them retain information longer)
– Have a sleep schedule (start this a week or 2 before school goes back)
Keep your kids healthy and engaged with these multi-vitamins! Find our largest range at Foster’s Camana Bay.
Sunday’s are for meal prep!
– Make a week’s worth of sandwiches on Sunday, wrap in foil or plastic wrap and freeze. Then thaw them the night before.
Fillings that work great when frozen include, canned salmon or tuna, cooked chopped chicken, ham, turkey, salami, Nutella, most nut butters, cream cheese, mayonnaise & jam.
However it’s best to avoid fresh tomato, lettuce, egg, fresh vegetables and most other salad ingredients. Also – make sure you use fresh bread, and steer clear of wraps and tortillas.
– Whilst you’re prepping lunches, what about dinner? Make it easy for yourself and plan out the week’s meals.
Change up their school snacks, with yogurts (dairy & dairy-free), fruit bars and Niman Ranch snack packs.
Are we all ready for school?
– In the lead up to the first day back, have positive conversations about returning to school. It’s been quite a while, so even the most confident kid, may be feeling somewhat anxious.
– Talk about lunch – include some of their favorite foods for the first few days back, whilst still keeping it healthy.
– Discuss routine – the ‘normal’ school routine hasn’t been a thing in our lives for some time now, so it’s important everyone knows what the plan is. This includes extracurricular activities, like sport, music programs or dance classes.
We’ve got the stationery your kids need to be back to school ready! Keep a look out in store for our iScholar range, arriving soon.
In an ideal world we’d include vegetables, fruits, protein, grains and dairy in each meal we send off with our kids everyday. However we know that’s not always possible. But by including as many of those food groups as possible, we’re setting them up with a well-balanced, energy full lunch.
When planning your kids lunches, consider the following foods;
– Lean, low-sodium deli meats, such as turkey and chicken breast
– Water-packed tuna fish
– Hard-boiled eggs
– Peppers (in a variety of colors!)
– Cherry tomatoes
– Snow peas
– Green beans
– Natural fruit sauces, such as applesauce
– Dehydrated or dried fruits
– Cooked pasta
– Pita bread
– Light popcorn
– Rice cakes
– Low-fat cheese slices or cheese sticks
– Greek yogurt
– Low-fat veggie dips
Wagon Wheel Pasta Salad
Inspired by foodnetwork.com
This easy salad lunch recipe only takes 20 minutes to prepare, and is disguised to look less healthy that it is, so even the fussiest eater will enjoy it!
Find this wheely good recipe here!
Fruity Chicken Balls
Inspired by healthylittlefoodies.com
Now this will be a kids lunch box favorite, taking only 25 minutes to make 25 balls, you can freeze them for meals throughout the week.
Find this lunch time favorite recipe here!
Veggie Packed Pizza Rolls
Inspired by superhealthykids.com
This lunchbox-ready recipe is packed with veggies and cheese, keeping it super nutritious and super yummy!
Find this yummy recipe here!
Hummus Avocado Wrap
Inspired by thespruceeats.com
Hummus and avocado, could a school lunch get any better? Quick, easy & healthy, this is a go-to lunch for us!
Find this easy recipe here!