Healthy Back to School Meals
School is in session all over the state, so schedules become busy with after-school activities and extracurriculars. Preparing nutritious meals can be challenging when accommodating different family schedules. Choosing quick, easy meals that follow the MyPlate guidelines helps to ensure we incorporate all food groups into our diet and nourish our families.
Try this delicious Chicken and Spinach Skillet Pasta for a filling meal that can be prepared in just 25 minutes!
School food programs can be a great way to expose your family to a variety of healthy foods. School-based food and nutrition programs introduce kids to nutrition information through school meals, farm to school programs, school gardens, and nutrition education in the classroom. Introducing new foods is important for children’s health and development.
Providing healthy meals at school and at home teaches kids the importance of choosing nutritious meals, allows them to expand their palate, and increases their willingness to eat healthy foods. When possible, you can include your children when menu planning and grocery shopping – try having them choose new foods that you can try together! The school year can be a new opportunity for the whole family to learn about new, nutritious recipes.