“Back to School” basics for busy moms
We love autumn! Days are still warm as evenings grow a bit cooler, crisper. Mornings are filled with happy chaos: breakfast banter, backpacks grabbed, buses caught and missed.
If you’re a mom, you’re a busy mom whether you’re heading to the office or head of the household. On these busy days it can be hard to find time to cook, yet young students need plenty of fuel to help them excel. And us moms need healthy, all natural fuel to be “on top of our game.”
Protein is an important part of a healthy diet. Given that, according to the United Nations, the meat industry produces more greenhouse gases than the world’s plane, train, and automobile fleets combined, getting more protein from plants and reducing the amount of meat we eat makes sense.
Plant protein isn’t just good for the planet, it’s healthier too. A recent Harvard study found that eating a single serving of red meat each day can increase the risk of early death. Numerous other studies confirm that vegetarian protein lessens the risk of obesity and diabetes—growing problems among North American children.
It’s easier than you might think to get some high-quality vegetarian protein into your kids’ diets.
One of my favorites is to create a “High Protein, High Energy” wrap for kids. Indianlife all-organic and nutrient-rich Ancient Grain wraps are oversized and don’t break or crack when rolling. Try Organic Spelt (6 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein), Organic Chia Seed (5 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein), and Organic Flax (2 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein) or Organic Kamut (11 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein).
Bump up the protein content of your wraps by including some organic quinoa (kids love quinoa), nuts and seeds (pumpkin, almond, hemp, sunflower, sesame, or almond butter) and beans, peas or lentils. Protein-rich veggies can be added too. Try sweet squash or pumpkin…or include some chopped broccoli or spinach in your recipe.
Recently ABC News ran a story on how many kids are becoming vegetarians on their own. Check it out here: http://ow.ly/dMXJq