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Hacking Back-to-School


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The back-to-school season is finally here and I have noticed plenty of healthy new products hitting the market as parents start to worry about packing their children healthy lunches to get them through the day. According to Renée Jones, author of the new book What's Really Eating You? Overcome the Triggers of Comfort Eating, stressed out families can easily turn to cookies, cakes, salty snacks and fast-food for comfort and convenience.

 "Parents are stressed about getting their kids settled, managing the routine and such, so they're likely eating to soothe themselves—and they are harried, so the drive-through is an easy if not so nutritious option,” she said in a news release. “They may think it will be easier to establish a nutritious lifestyle once things settle down, and yet it's often easier to start amidst the transition."

I don’t have any children, but it is hard enough for me to plan out affordable, healthy meals for myself. I cannot imagine the struggle of having to prepare guilt-free meals for my children and get them to school on time on top of that. Luckily, the wellness world is taking over and it is now easier than ever to find healthy, convenient items. Modern consumers’ hectic lifestyles don’t leave much room for grocery shopping and cooking, so meal planning is crucial.

I recently discovered the power of freezing, something I had never really done before. My boyfriend just started law school and I wanted to leave him with some easy meals to help save him some time. I whipped up a batch of meatballs and made breakfast and dinner burritos for freezing. Seeing how just a few hours of cooking on a Sunday could make an entire freezer full of easy meals has really inspired me. Pre-portioning a bunch  of healthy lunches over the weekend is a great way to take some of the stress out of the school and work week, and could even make for a fun family activity. 

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