Back to school and child nutrition!

Added September 3, 2018 in

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Back to school can be daunting and stressful… so here are a few tips to help you settle back into the routine!

It’s that time of year again, the evenings are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping and the little ones are returning to school for another year.

We all know what that means; the daily dilemma begins, what to pack in their lunch boxes and make for dinner at night that will satisfy everyone in the house…

But it doesn’t need to be so complicated, at Hugh Maguire Butchers we have a huge variety of products and cuts of meat that you can take home to make every meal interesting.

It’s important that children get nourishing food for their minds and body to stay mentally and physically alert in school so each meal should contain a source of protein (meat, fish, bean/legumes, eggs), carbohydrates (potatoes, sweet potatoes, wholegrain rice/pasta) and two sources of vegetables (one of which should be green). 

Try to have fish twice weekly, and preferably at least one of them being an oily fish like salmon, mackerel or trout.

Roasting vegetables like carrots, parsnip, peppers and celery with a little olive oil, salt and pepper is a tasty way of getting vegetables into children who mightn’t be too fond of them ordinarily. And you can always try them raw as well, also with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt.

Beef, lamb, chicken and turkey are excellent sources of protein, which keeps you fuller for longer and is necessary for children’s growth and development.

And for those nights that you don’t feel like preparing a meal from scratch why not try some of  our prepared meals at Hugh Maguire Butchers.

We have a great selection including turkey burgers, beef burgers, stirfrys and meatballs. All you need to do is pop them in the oven and add a few more vegetables to add to the nutritional content of the meal.

Tips for preparing for the week ahead:

  • Plan, plan, plan!!!
  • Prepare meals like casseroles and shepherd’s pie at the weekend and freeze them until needed later in the week.
  • Always have beef or lamb mince at home or in the freezer. You can turn them into a meal easily with a can of chopped tomatoes (bolognaise, shepherd’s pie, stews).
  • If you have a leftover chicken, don’t throw out the carcass! Instead slowly boil overnight with onions, carrots, celery and water to make delicious healthy bone broth. This is a great source of nutrition and ideal for the winter months to strengthen the immune system and fight off colds and flus. Ask Caroline in our store for tips on this and how to make it into soup.

If you are looking for a little inspiration, here are some recipes to give you some motivation before the school term really kicks off!

And don’t forget… if you have any topics you would like covered or have any questions, send me a message filling the form below!

Chat soon, MJ

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