Pencils? Check. Notebooks? Check. Concentration? Check.
As parents stock up on school supplies, there are three they should not overlook: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Countless studies have shown the important role healthy meals play in keeping kids focused and alert in the classroom. It’s simple: kids who are hungry are not hungry to learn.
Of course, getting kids dressed and out the door with a healthy breakfast in their tummy and a healthy lunch in their backpack is no easy task. Now parents can turn to Small Helpings, a new online meal planning service, for help.
In addition to having access to 1,400 kid-tested recipes with vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options, Small Helpings subscribers receive a weekly meal plan plus shopping list for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with recipes that can be prepared in 15 minutes or less. Featuring seasonal dishes such as Orange Cranberry Pork Loin and tasty lunchbox options like Chicken Salad with Chutney and Apples, the menu plan can make a big difference at the table and in the classroom.
“When kids are in school, every meal counts. Breakfast sets the day in motion, lunch keeps the momentum going and dinner (or an emergency snack) needs to be at the ready when the kids return home, ravenous,” said Brenda Khoury, Ohio mom and Small Helpings founder. “Parents are relieved to get 15 meals + 10 snacks in their inbox every week.”
The subscription is $8.99 month, less than the cost of delivery pizza, and can help families save both time and money. “With a categorized shopping list in your hand, a trip to the grocery store becomes a breeze. It also helps cut down on down on expensive impulse purchases or even more expensive take-out. My family started saving $35 a month just by planning out meals,” said Khoury.
“The idea of helping families enjoy a healthy meal while recounting a successful school day makes me incredibly happy,” said Khoury.
Small Helpings is a kid-friendly meal planning service for the entire family. Based in New Albany, OH, the subscription service provides five days of customized menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner plus two snacks. It also provides a weekly shopping list, an electronic recipe box, meal archives, a library of resources and a blog. For about 30 cents a day, a family can have access to quick, easy and healthy meals, creating the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating.
Have you ever used a menu planning service?