Retaining a healthy weight at school means that a healthy and balanced diet is also needed. It is also essential that you keep healthy eating habits so you can have enough energy all through the school day.
1. Eat breakfast every day before school
Opt for yogurt with fresh fruits like blueberries or strawberries and granola, or a bowl of wholegrain breakfast cereal that contains low sugar with low-fat milk. Kicking the morning off with a meal also motions the metabolism to rev-up, forming a calorie-burning, fat-burning environment all through the course of the day.
Keep in mind that what you eat at breakfast will have an effect on your cravings for the rest of the day. Choose proteins, healthy fats and whole grains.
2. Pack a full water bottle
Sugary soft drinks and sodas will only pave way for a momentary sugar high and a poor diet. Swap fruit juices and sodas with a water bottle full of filtered water. Add a slice of lime, lemon, cucumber or orange for all natural savors. Place the full water bottle in your school bag, so you have it ready when you’re thirsty at school.
3. Put healthy snacks in your school bag
In the morning, pack a banana and an apple in a paper bag and put them in the bag, or put a few sugar free granola bars in your bag. By doing this, you will have healthy snacks to eat when you get hungry between periods, instead of going for processed snacks from the vending machine.
4. Create a meal schedule
Take a time out to plan your meals with your parent or guardian to make sure you have three meals a day on daily bases. Concentrate on lunch meals that are well packed, easy to transport, but are still healthy.
Use a word processing program or get a dry erase board to make a grid for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, then, write the days of the week that you go to school, normally Monday-Friday.
5. Pack your lunch the night before
Making your lunch the night before should be part of your routine and shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes. If a parent usually packs your lunch, get involved and help them organize the meal and put it in containers or resealable bags.
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