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We officially started back to school last week. Woo Hoo! 😀 While summer break can be fun with trips and lazy days, there is something extra nice about getting back into regular routines. With a regular routine, it’s easier to encourage healthy habits on a daily basis. Check out some of the back to school healthy habits we are focusing on right now.
Staying hydrated is super critical in the desert and I think it’s easy for kids to get excited about being on the playground with their friends again. No one wants to make a pit stop at the drinking fountain just because they’re thirsty. That’s just too sensible. 😉
My solution is to pack a bottle of cold water with their lunch and a bigger water bottle in their backpack for the classroom. Yes, water fountains exist in their classrooms and lunchroom but long lines after recess and short eating times discourage waiting to use the drinking fountains at school. Their teachers remind them to get a drink outside during recess but I know some kids (mine included) are hesitant to give up playtime to get a drink. Bringing their own bottle of water for the classroom and lunchroom gives them multiple opportunities to stay hydrated throughout the day.
We are still hitting 100 degrees around here, the sun is no joke in Arizona. Along with hydration, sun protection is equally important. Wearing sunscreen and a hat to school are habits we encourage each day. Thankfully we don’t get much pushback on wearing a hat to school even with so few kids wearing them on the playground. I’m hoping they start a trend. 😀
Both of my boys can be picky eaters so I focus on at least one protein and one veggie or fruit option in their lunch each day. Grapes, apple sauce pouches, and apples are favorites around here for produce. I also encourage them to buy school lunch occasionally. I think it helps expand picky eaters horizons and mama sometimes needs a break from packing lunches. 😉 Their school started offering an awesome self-serve produce bar, so I know they’ll be getting some fruit or veggies when they buy school lunch too. They love being able to choose what they want whether it’s strawberries, carrots or salad, there is always several options!
The boys also started taking a new multivitamin too. Their pediatrician had encouraged it in the past and we finally found one the boys really like while shopping at Target for school supplies.
Nature Made®’s KIDS FIRST® Multivitamins are gummies my kids really like. Quinn loves the cherry flavor best and Elliot can’t choose a favorite, he likes all the natural fruit flavors. I love that the kids gobble them up with no complaints. That hasn’t been the case in the past with other brands.
KIDS FIRST® Multivitamins contain 12 essential nutrients for age-specific nutritional support, including vitamins A, C, D, and E, B vitamins, and minerals like iodine and zinc. Plus they are gluten free, contain no preservative, yeast or synthetic dyes. Not only do they taste great (just ask my kids), they help fill many of the key nutrient gaps from your kid’s diet and support overall health.† That should make our pediatrician happy!
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.