From new backpacks to lunch boxes, from designer pencil boxes to cool uniforms, it’s that time of the year when you shift back into a more rigid and disciplined schedule. With so much of pressure on both yourself and your kids and so much energy spent, all of you need your system stocked up with healthy stuffs.
Start your days off with a nutritious breakfast, pack up the lunch with energy sustaining snacks or mini meals and then plan to end the day with a nutrient dense dinner filled with legumes and whole grains. It is finally time to stock up your pantry with goodness.
Following are few of the food essentials that need to be there inside your back to school pantry.
- Whole grain cold cereals that contain very little sugar and are full of fiber.
- Whole grain such as oats, couscous, amaranth, quinoa, rice for hot cereals, stews, casseroles, side dishes, burritos and stir fries.
- Whole grain crackers like rice, wheat and corn in order to dip into guacamole, salsa, hummus and a various other bean dips.
- Whole grain bread to prepare toast and grilled sandwiches.
- For quick meals, stock up whole grain pastas. After cooking, it is wise to add in broccolis, peas and blanch with any other leafy greens of your choice.
- Whole nuts and seeds like walnuts, almonds, hempseeds, chia seeds and flaxseeds for the intake of essential fats as well as for preparing trail mixes, smoothies, protein bars and sauces.
- Fresh seasoned fruits that can be served whole or cut into a fruit salad, blended inot smoothies, to prepare fruit kebabs, tossed into cereals, or cut to pieces in order to smear it with nuts or seed butter.
- Sea vegetables like nori sheets to prepare snacks, wraps, delicious sushi, as well as to sprinkle on fruits for extreme nutrient burst.
- Dried canned beans and lentils to create hummus, bean dips and of course to add onto salads, stews, and soups.
- Vegetables are a must. Stock up your pantry with leafy greens like asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, beets, squash and carrots.
- Tofu, miso paste, tempeh, tamari and various other soy foods that you can add into stews, soups, sauces, dressings and stir fries.
- Fruits that are extremely fridge friendly like tomatoes and cucumbers and melons. You can add them with almost anything.