August 3, 2017
FIRST GRADERS TO FRESHMAN; BACK TO SCHOOL MEANS BACK TO BALANCE FOR YOU AND YOUR KIDSGIANT/MARTIN'S nutritionists' tips help both parents and kids eat healthy
Carlisle, PA. (August 3, 2017) - Getting the kids back to school means getting back to a normal routine and it’s a good time to get back to healthy habits. GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN'S Food Markets nutritionists have some tips to get parents, college students and the little ones started.
Plan and balance
With school and afterschool activities, parents can ensure their families are eating well and getting the nutrients needed every day with meal planning.
- Set a day/time every week for time-saving meal planning: Plan out all meals for the week before you go grocery shopping, take stock of what items you already have on hand and make a list of what you need. GIANT/MARTIN'S Savory, Fast, Fresh and Easy magazine and digital platform is introducing Savory Sunday on Aug. 21– easy meal ideas you can prepare in one day and enjoy the rest of the week.
- Start every day with a balanced breakfast: Help curb hunger later in the day with a piece of whole grain toast with peanut butter and banana, a hardboiled egg with a piece of fruit, an English muffin with almond butter and sliced peaches or overnight oats.
- Prep lunch ahead: For simple lunchtime salads, wash and cut veggies in bulk ahead of time or buy salad kits for easy assembly and save lean protein from dinners to top your salad.
Focus on food groups for kids
Incorporating three to five food groups in your kids' meals and at least two groups in snacks can provide needed nutrition and energy to help them stay fuller longer, keeping them focused and energized at school.
- Power up breakfast with protein: Eggs, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, or cheese are all good choices.
- Create a bento box: When packing lunches, use a bento lunch box. A bento box contains multiple compartments and will help you include as many food groups as possible. Put grapes in one section, sliced cucumber and a spoonful of hummus in the second section, turkey and cheese roll ups in the third section and whole grain crackers in the fourth - creating a balanced, satisfying lunch.
- Have fun and create a snack station: Clear a pantry shelf and fill with healthy snacks like low-sugar granola bars, cereal, dried fruit, nuts/seeds, dry roasted chickpeas, popcorn and whole grain crackers. Keep fruits, veggies, yogurt and string cheese on hand in the fridge too for kids to easily grab when hunger strikes.
Fight the "freshman 15"
College can be a time of crazy schedules, increased stress and tight budgets which can cause some students to gain weight their first year. Take a few minutes each day to focus on healthier balanced choices to improve your energy level, mood and academic performance.
- Plan meals around lean protein: Some inexpensive choices are eggs, beans, natural peanut or sunflower seed butter, cheese or tuna. Also include vegetables and fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and dairy.
- Make a snack: If you don’t have time for a meal break in between classes, grab an apple and cheese stick, tuna on cucumber slices, natural peanut butter on celery, hummus and baby carrots, or a nutrition bar.
- Get a good night’s sleep: Adequate sleep, for most seven to nine hours per night, recharges your brain, might reduce your stress, improve your concentration, and even keep your weight in check.
GIANT/MARTIN'S nutritionists help customers make the best choices for their family's health. They are available for individual consultations and offer a variety of free classes. Visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites for a complete list of upcoming classes or to schedule an appointment. Individual consultations are $20 and participants receive back a $20 GIANT/MARTIN'S gift card upon completion.
Editor’s Note: If interested in an interview with one of GIANT/MARTIN'S nutritionists about back to school and back to balance, please contact Samantha Krepps at 717-240-1017 or [email protected]
GIANT/MARTIN'S is committed to working every day to help its customers save money, save time and eat well. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN'S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN'S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN'S employs more than 33,000 associates and is a division of Ahold USA. In addition to working with hundreds of local and regional organizations annually, GIANT/MARTIN'S has a long-standing focus on efforts to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children. GIANT/MARTIN'S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children's Miracle Network hospitals. The company was also recognized as 2015 Chain Retailer of the Year by Grocery Headquarters. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites. Find GIANT and MARTIN'S on Facebook and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.