It’s the month of June and this signals the start of another school year. School preparation is a huge task for every mom, as it involves not only buying school items but also planning your child’s baon.
As proper nutrition is important for a child’s health, growth and development, a mom should find ways to provide healthy and affordable meals for her child without breaking her budget – it’s possible! We asked real-life moms how they do it, and here are their tipid tips:
1. D-I-Y or Do it Yourself. Bess Howe, a mommy to 7-year old Tobey, shares that instead of buying from stores, she makes her own cookies and muffins. “They are healthier and it comes out cheaper.”
2. Buy nutritious food. Geraldine Clemente makes sure she includes fruits such as bananas, apples, oranges and pineapple in her 11-year old daughter’s baon.
As for Mae Gumintad, a preschool teacher and mommy to Ranya, 6 years old and Rohan, 2 years old, she adds fruits to her children’s rice and ulam, which makes for a more filling meal. She also explains that her child’s preschool practices a "vegetables-and-fruits day" every Wednesday, which exposes Ranya to good eating habits.
3. Prepare home-cooked meals. Mommy Geraldine explains, “As much as possible, prepare home-cooked meals instead of preparing pre-packed food (nuggets, bacon, ham, etc). She suggests that moms make their own burgers for baon - “throw in some finely-chopped veggies and fruits such as carrots, crushed pineapple, and grated squash to make sure your kid gets a daily dose of veggies,” instead of the usual packed or fast food meals, which can be a burden to your budget.
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4. Prepare home-made juice. Mommy Mae says, “I prefer fresh fruit juice over their tetra-pack counterparts for my kids. Aside from being a healthier alternative, this also helps the school from accumulating too much garbage”.
5. Prepare bite-size portions. Mommy Mae adds that, “Dapat naka-cut na yung ulam so that the teacher doesn’t have to go around to cut them into small pieces”. When food is served in small portions, children won’t feel overwhelmed by the serving, and are also encouraged to eat slowly and are more likely to finish their meals.