Back to school means it’s time to rev up good nutrition for our family to keep them healthy and happy this year. I’ve got some great info and a recipe, regarding Back-to-School Nutrition. Keep reading to see my interview with renowned registered dietician, Rebecca Scritchfield, sponsored by Zespri SunGold kiwi fruit, to help keep kids healthy this year!
School is back in session in our house, which means it’s time to get back to making a healthy breakfast, packing lunches, planning after school snacks and trying to keep my kids healthy and happy for all of the other activities in between.
My son has a goal this year not to miss any days of school (apparently his teacher has some kind of prize for perfect attendance). My kids are pretty healthy, but even for them, not having any sick days all year long seems like a pretty big goal. To accomplish this, we are going to need to get organized with some healthy meals and snacks.
I recently got to interview Rebecca Scritchfield, registered dietitian, nutritionist, and health fitness specialist who was recently honored as “Young Dietitian of the Year” by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a mother of two. I decided to use this opportunity to ask her a few questions about how to use nutrition to keep my kids healthy (and in school) this year.
Here are a few of the key things that I took away from the interview as ways that my family can improve on nutrition.
• To prevent illness boost immunity by stocking up on Vitamin C, A and E. A great source of Vitamin C is Zespri SunGold kiwi fruit, with 2 times more vitamin C than oranges, and as much potassium as a medium banana. A good source of Vitamin A is carrots and get Vitamin E from nuts.
• Start the day the right way, with a healthy breakfast. In the interview, Rebecca taught me how to make a super healthy and quick breakfast, her “sunrise smoothie bowl” (recipe below). The great thing about this recipe is that you can prep this on the weekend, making busy morning a little easier.
• If you have kids who are student-athletes it’s important to offer foods that will give them the energy to make it through practice as well as to recover and replenish after practice is done. Rebecca suggests carbohydrates before practice, which can be found in Zespri SunGold Kiwi Fruit to provide quick energy, and protein rich foods for recovery after practice.
To get more valuable nutrition advice for your family be sure to watch the full interview, and visit the Zespri website to learn more about how Zespri SunGold Kiwi fruit can keep your family happy and healthy this school year.
- 2 Zespri® SunGold Kiwifruit (one peeled and blended; one sliced into ¼” chunks for topping)
- 1 large banana – chopped, frozen
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons Chia seeds (the chia helps to thicken the mixture, like a pudding texture)
- 4 tablespoons granola
- 2 tablespoons toasted coconut
- 2 tablespoons nuts, chopped
- 2 tablespoons mint, chopped
- Slice kiwifruit into halves and spoon the fruit out. Reserve one kiwifruit, chopped into ¼” chunks for topping
- Add 1 kiwifruit, banana, orange juice, yogurt, and chia seeds to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. (the mixture will be thick)
- Per serving bowl, place half the mixture at the bottom of the bowl, add 2 tablespoons granola, 1 tablespoon each of toasted coconut, nuts, and mint.
- Leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days