Simple Steps to Relieve Mealtime Stress

A dietitian’s tips for planning and prepping meals even the pickiest eaters will love
Aug 31, 2018 12:00 PM ET

By Carol Savage, MS, RDN Nutrition, Health, & Wellness Manager & dietitian at @NestleUSA

Let’s be honest. By the end of summer, many parents are excited for back-to-school season. That is, until we remember the planning it takes to get back into a busy schedule. It can be tricky to balance new school and after-school activities while maintaining a “normal” household — especially around meal and snack times. I’ve found that being prepared and mapping out your family’s week really helps. Try these tips and tricks to encourage healthy behaviors and cut back on stress.

Take Advantage of Nutritious, Easy Breakfast Options

Even on good days, mornings for parents often feel like herding cats, trying to get everyone dressed and out the door on time. Among the mismatched shoes and misplaced homework, it helps to have quick and easy options to add nutrition to your kids’ breakfast like Nestle® Nesquik® Super Breakfast, a new flavored milk beverage that’s convenient, nutritious and high in protein. Kids also like the delicious taste, which is important.

Research shows that 30% of children ages 4–8 and 50 percent of 9–13-year-olds do not meet their daily recommended protein intake*. With 12 grams of protein, vitamins and calcium from real milk, Nesquik Super Breakfast is a ready-to-drink complement for your kids’ breakfast — and might just become your champion of the morning.

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*Miller, G, Demmer E. Protein is the building block critical for childhood health. Dairy Foods, March 2016.