Eating healthy and being active will give you the energy boost you need to stay alert and focused in school. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, chica, here are some ways to start leading a healthy and active lifestyle:
Having breakfast is better than having no breakfast because breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Even if you are super busy or rushed, there are plenty of options to choose from. Some breakfast ideas include having a fiber packed bowl of oatmeal. You can top it with nuts or even try them with yogurt, too. Want a faster option? Try peanut butter on a piece of toast. Try saving those yummy pan dulces for the weekend. Kidshealth.org explains that foods with high calories, such as pastries or doughnuts, won’t keep you full or provide you the necessary nutrients needed to stay energized.
Read nutrition labels
Reading nutrition labels are a great way to know what you put in your body. Foods with a good source of a nutrient has a percent daily value between 10% and 19%. If the food has 20% or more of the daily value, it is considered an excellent source of that nutrient. If you need help determining which foods are better for you, ask a parent or nutritionist.
Pack a healthy lunch and snacks
Ask your parents to help you pack a nutritious lunch such as dried fruit, sandwiches, or a hummus with whole grain pita. Or if you prefer eating in the cafeteria there are ways to pick out better for you foods, that will surely avoid the sluggish after meal feeling you may be used to. You can even bring an orange on the go to enjoy or even save for your recess break. Wake up your senses by sniffing that vitamin c fueled fruit for an even better effect.
Did you know?
- The color of the rice matters. Pick rice and breads that are brown in color. This usually means that it has whole grains which are great for your body.
- Other foods like bananas, cherries, whole dairy products, pizza, and creamy gravies or sauces can make you feel heavy and exhausted too.
- It’s always important to drink plenty of water throughout the day. So bring a bottle or two to keep in your backpack to stay hydrated and alert.
Another great way to stay enthusiastically energized at school is staying active. Running, jump roping, dancing …. anything that keeps you active is good for your heart and energy. The exercise releases endorphins, which gives you that happy/energetic feeling. Having a good night’s sleep, nutritious meals, and staying active are great ways to remain energetic and feel empowered for your education.