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Our Nutrition-Savy Back To School Checklist

Your back to school checklist may abound with school supplies and clothing items. But what about good nutrition?  What will you stock in your kitchen to help your kids learn and feel their best this year?

Here is a list of what we will be stocking in our pantry this fall along with helpful links on where to find the exact items we use.  Perhaps it will give you some new ideas or remind you of things you still need!

Back To School Checklist For Healthy Lunches & Snacks

  • Whole grain, high fiber, sandwich bread
  • Variety of fresh and frozen fruit
  • Dried fruit snacks or fruit leather
  • Single-size servings of no-added-sugar applesauce
  • Low sugar crunchy snacks, such as pretzels, tortilla chips or nuts
  • Low fat, low sugar, organic yogurts
  • Fresh salad ingredients (My oldest daughter enjoys salads and often asks to have them in her lunch.)

Tip: If your child particularly likes a certain healthy food, try to accommodate them in their school lunches.  This may mean investing in a thermos or budgeting some time to plan ahead. Bottom line: always encourage healthy eating whenever possible!

  • Lunch bag/box that can accommodate several tupperware containers and an ice pack (when necessary). Some families like Bento Boxes on AmazonBack To school lunch supplies
  • Re-freezable ice packs
  • BPA-free water bottle(s) (We use stainless steal bottles.)
  • Various sizes of tupperware-type containers
  • “Lunchables”, pre-packaged lunches
  • Candy
  • Boxed fruit drinks
  • Pre-packaged cookies
  • Trans Fats (hydrogenated oils–Always check the ingredient list!)
  • Artificial flavors and colors

Back To School Checklist For Healthy Breakfasts

Checklist For A Well-Prepared Herbal Medicine Cabinet

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Other Back To School Nutrition Ideas, Supplies, Or Recipes?  Add Them In The Comments Below!

6 comments… add one
  • Rachel Williamson August 13, 2013, 2:06 pm

    Hi Bonnie, great tips….will definitely keep in mind for my grandson. Love the way you ‘crossed out’ the bad stuff! and included recipes. I may have to try one of those with oatmeal…even us seniors need more oatmeal in our food choices.

    • Bonnie | ProvenNutritionForKids August 13, 2013, 8:45 pm

      Thank you for the feedback, Rachel!

      • Del. August 27, 2015, 4:07 pm

        Thanks Bonnie, all your information was very helpful. I am a Shaklee member and will continue to use their products. I will also use your ideas as well. My family will pray for you and your family for a healthy and safe life and school year.
        God Bless,

        • Bonnie | ProvenNutritionForKids August 27, 2015, 9:20 pm

          Thanks, Del! Glad to hear you already have access to these wonderful products for your kids!

  • DAn Norris August 9, 2013, 6:59 pm

    Hello Bonnie…my first visit to your blog…excellent! I find it very easy to understand…well organized…interesting..and I would contact you if I had some young kids to feed. Your foods sound good to me. Nice job. Best regards.

    • Bonnie | ProvenNutritionForKids August 9, 2013, 8:19 pm

      Thanks so much, Dan, for the kind words and feedback! If you know of any parents with kids still in the house, send them our way to check us out!

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