Getting ready for the new school year…

Posted 31 August 2018

As we approach September, we’re all frantically trying to get the kids ready for the new school year – whether it’s getting back into the routine of early starts in the morning, the school run or working out what to put in their lunchboxes that’s quick and easy.

So, at Making Sense of Sugar we’ve pulled together some tips from our experts which may help with your back to school prep:

How much is enough?

Getting back into the school routine can be difficult after six weeks off, especially when it comes to food and drinks – the kids may have been eating at slightly different times and even eating and snacking more if they have been particularly active. With help from the British Nutrition Foundation, we have lots of advice around how to create a healthy balanced diet for your kids while managing their portions.

In this blog, we chat to one of BNF’s own Nutritionist Scientists who shares insight on why portion size is important for your child and gives some advice on how to ensure you’re giving them the right amount. If it is more helpful for you to visualise portion sizes, head to our video on what a healthy balanced diet could look like throughout the day or maybe check out our practical bite-sized tips if you’re strapped for time.

As soon as they get through the door, kids want an after-school snack. Current government advice is that we should try to stick to 100 calorie snacks, no more than twice a day. For some tasty snack ideas 100 calories and under, head to Change4Life.

Getting creative with lunch boxes

If you’re in need of lunchbox inspiration, look no further than our recipes page, with some great ideas for recipes to make lunchtime at school a little more exciting (and healthy too). Or to get the facts on some of your kids’ lunchbox favourites, check out our Guide to Sugars –  giving you the sugars and calories typically found in foods and drinks and helping you to make informed choices.

Tips to help your kids enjoy a balanced diet

Paediatric dietitian Ana-Kristina Skrapac explains that managing how much kids eat is a consistent theme that parents raise when they visit her. Here she shares some quick-fire tips, such as giving your kids snacks that provide nutrients or encouraging them to drink water frequently.

After school activities

While back-to-school inevitably means less time for family fun, make the most of the good weather we’ve got left by planning some afterschool activities. For inspiration, head to our activity finders or check out some of our suggested fitness apps for an easy way to boost your family’s fitness.

We hope this helps you with your back-to-school preparations and remember that you can keep up to date with the latest at @senseofsugar.

Good luck and wishing you and your kids a successful start to the new school year.

Making Sense of Sugar team