Back to School – The Rewards of a Routine

Summer is over and school is back in session.  As a parent, this can be a stressful time. You’re expected to help everyone develop and adjust to their new schedules and routines, make sure breakfast is served, lunches are packed and dinner is on the table each night, get the kids up in the morning and make sure everyone, including yourself, gets to bed on time at night…the list can be overwhelming!

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But amidst all the chaos, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself! A well-rested mom or dad who feels organized and in-control is critical for keeping the rest of the family running smoothly.

Here are a few tips for developing a healthy back to school routine:

  • Eat breakfast every day. If mornings are crazy try to get all the kids up, dressed and fed before school, make sure you have some healthy, easy breakfasts on hand that you can eat quickly. Things like protein-packed quick breads and muffins pair nicely with a bowl of yogurt or glass of milk for a hearty, healthy breakfast that’s ready in no time!
  • Make dinner easy. Spend a little time on the weekend prepping some healthy food for the week (like washing veggies and fruit, shredding cheese and pre-cooking lean meats). Family dinners are so important and doing a little prep work helps to ensure you and your family can sit down to eat together most nights without much stress on your part!
  • Work to develop bedtime routines for everyone. Summer can easily throw off previously established bedtimes and now is the time to get them back in order. Start a nightly routine with your kids to help make bedtime calm and enjoyable for everyone and then develop a routine for yourself. Set a cut-off time, turn off all electronics and do something to help you unwind, like reading a book, journaling or drinking herbal tea before heading to bed.

Follow these tips to help make the back-to-school transition as healthy and stress-free as possible!

These simple recipes will help you stay on track during the week by providing grab-and-go breakfasts, simple dinners and healthy snacks.

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Sara Wing, Cabot RD

Sara Wing, RD

As a working mom, it takes a little extra planning to make life run smoothly during the work week and keep us all eating healthy. To help save a little time over the week, I make an effort to double-up on cooking. Instead of grilling enough chicken for one dinner, I double-up the amount. I can then use the extra cooked chicken for family quesadilla night or as a topping on my salad for my lunch later in the week. For a quick breakfast at home or to eat at work, I make mini-quiches and freeze and heat as needed.

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