August 2017 

As we approach the final weeks of summer and look towards going back to school, I'm sharing some ideas to set up healthy routines. Set yourself (and your family) up for success by planning ahead now so you are ready for those busy morning breakfasts, school lunches, and healthy after-school snacks. It's worth the effort now to make it easier when the first week of school rolls around!

Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings
If you are one of the millions of Americans who regularly skip breakfast, you probably think you have a reason, such as wanting to lose weight or oversleeping. Regardless, it's important to eat breakfast in the morning. Eating breakfast helps with brain function, attention span, concentration and memory. Eating breakfast also can reduce irritability and tiredness.
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Breaking Your Gradeschooler's Unhealthy Food Habit

Although it can be easy for families to slip into unhealthy food habits, with some practice, you can steer your child toward healthier choices.


School Cafeteria Meal Options for Kids with Food Allergies 
Does your child have a food allergy or intolerance? Partner with your school's foodservice and nutrition staff to find safe and nutritious options.



Both crispy and chewy, these bars make a great dessert or afterschool snack for little ones. Plus, they are full of whole grains

Called panzanella in central Italy, this summer salad combines fresh tomatoes, onions, basil, other seasonings and chunks of bread, dressed with vinegar and oil.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Stuffed Banana Fro-Yo Bites


This treat comes together in minutes and is ready for snack time after two hours in the freezer.


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Sue Bourque

Nutrition Education Program
Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
Barnstable, Massachusetts 02632
(508) 375-6690