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Tips for a Great School Day

Aug 14, 2014 01:07PM ● Published by Brian Ostrovsky

There are many habits that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Here are some helpful tips to start the day right:

* Be a Healthy Role Model
Kids emulate everything their parents do, including eating habits when mealtime rolls around. Show your kids that making smart, healthy choices is something that is important and vital to you. When they see you choosing vegetables and fruits over junk food, they will want to follow in your footsteps. When they adopt these types of eating habits, they'll have the proper fuel to help get them through their school days.

* Stock Up on Simple Options
Do you ever have those hectic mornings when you're trying to get everyone out the door? Easy-to-make breakfast options are great to have on hand. There are plenty of convenient options such at Carnation Breakfast Essentials which offer an easy and nutritious way for your kids to start their day right, with a rich source of protein and 21 vitamins and minerals, including calcium to help build strong bones. 

* Mix Up Lunches
A lunch consisting of a sandwich, cheese stick and apple can be boring after just a few days. Turn last night's leftovers into a delicious lunchtime meal. For example, grilled chicken can be turned into a wrap, or taco meat can be a perfect topping for salad or rice. This type of repurposing can save busy parents time and money throughout the school year.

* Get a Good Night's Sleep
A great day in the classroom starts with a restful night of quality, restorative sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, kids between ages 3-5 should get between 11-13 hours, while kids between ages 5-12 should get 10-11 hours of sleep. Create a good environment for sleep, which consists of a quiet, dark and cool room that is free of distractions, such as televisions, computers and smartphones.

* Make Breakfast Fun
Smoothies are a kid favorite, keep the options for this important morning meal exciting for your kids by mixing in their favorite flavors.

So help your children be their very best by incorporating these tips into your family routine. For helpful recipes and additional tips, visit www.carnationbreakfastessentials.com

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