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Back to School: Immune-Boosting Meals

Just like that, the end of summer is nearing and it is officially back-to-school season—time to re-establish the weekday routine of homework, bedtime, the morning bustle and packing lunches. For children and parents, deciding what to eat can be a food fight. Creating meals and snacks that are both healthy and appealing to a child can seem nearly impossible. Luckily, nutritious and delicious do not have to be mutually exclusive, and there are many ways to make them fresh and fun.

Highlights:

  • Immunity is top of mind in the upcoming school year.
  • Keep your kids’ health, energy and vitality high by incorporating vitamin C, probiotics, prebiotics, and foods with natural antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties.
  • Want to learn more about teen and tween nutrition? Sign up for our upcoming Wellness Workshop: Tween & Teen Nutrition on Tuesday, October 14th from 5:30-7:00pm!

Boosting your children’s immunity is also top priority. Aside from sleep and stress management, eating nutritious meals from breakfast to dinner is essential for health, wellness and vitality. By incorporating vitamin C, probiotics, prebiotics, and foods with natural antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties into their diets, you will strengthen their immune systems and set them up for a healthy school year.

What should you feed the kids to boost immunity? We have you covered for breakfast, lunch and snacks:

 

Breakfast – your first meal sets the tone for the entire day. Eating a well-balanced breakfast with healthy fats, fiber and protein stabilizes blood sugar and hormones to support energy, brain power and athleticism.

For a quick and easy breakfast option, try our Kids’ Smart Start Superfood Smoothie! With a chocolate-banana flavor and creamy texture, this yummy blend packs in cauliflower, grass-fed collagen protein, 10 billion CFU probiotics and gut-healthy prebiotics. Additional breakfast options include scrambled egg wraps and overnight oats (see recipe below). Plus, we will be introducing a NEW Power Protein Breakfast Cookie next week. Plant-based, high in fiber and protein, and perfect for on-the-go, it is a great option for kids and parents alike!

 

Berry Boost Overnight Oats

Ingredients:⁠

¼ cup gluten-free rolled oats⁠

¼ cup unsweetened almond milk or your favorite milk ⁠

¼ cup full-fat sheep yogurt ⁠

1 ½ teaspoons chia seeds⁠

2 teaspoons 100% pure maple syrup⁠

¼ cup (or more) fresh berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, etc.)⁠

Farmhouse Granola, for topping⁠

Instructions:⁠

    1. Add oats, almond milk, yogurt, chia seeds and maple syrup to a mason jar. Put lid on the jar and shake until well combined.⁠
    2. Remove lid, add berries and gently stir until mixed through. Return lid to the jar and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight. ⁠
    3. Sprinkle a spoonful or more of our granola for a crunchy topping and enjoy!

Note: overnight oats can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. ⁠

 

Lunch – refueling midday is essential for keeping energy and brain power high to support studying and extracurricular activities. A healthy lunch includes protein (for blood sugar balance), vitamins and minerals (for energy), and vitamin C (for immunity).

Sandwiches seem to be the universal go-to for brown bag lunches, but have you tried hummus wraps? Easily elevate lunch with a whole grain, sprouted or gluten-free wrap, hummus smear and veggies such as lettuce, shredded carrots, cucumber, tomatoes and microgreens. Other options include protein boxes and our Family-Friendly Soups. Our Pastured Chicken, Herb & Sprouted Brown Rice Soup is easily-digested, filling and packed with immune-boosting nutrients—just heat and send in a temperature-controlled Thermos® in your child’s lunchbox.

 

Snacks – small bites throughout the day promote balance and athletic performance. Opt for low-sugar snacks such as nut butter with celery sticks, Greek yogurt topped with Farmhouse Granola, trail mix or crunchy chickpeas.

Looking for fun kid-friendly options? Check out our Dark Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites, vegan Cheesy Spice Popcorn and Farmhouse Snack Mix—all made with 100% organic ingredients and zero refined sugars!

 

Want to learn more about tween and teen nutrition? Join us on Thursday, October 14th from 5:30-7:00pm for our NEW Wellness Workshop: Tween & Teen Nutrition. You will enjoy an organic seasonal lunch while our Nutritionist covers the right balance of nutrients for children ages 12-18—recipes and handouts are included! Plus, we’ll talk about  junk food swaps, and specific foods to eat (and avoid) for immunity, energy, academics and athletics! Reserve your spot—with ideas for subtle changes, many kids won’t even know they’re eating “healthier” foods!

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