AUSTIN, Texas — Back to school can be a challenging time for both parents and students. Sleep and exercise are essential for a student’s success in the classroom, but a balanced diet can’t be neglected.


“With kids, they’re brains are still developing, so it’s really important that they have the building blocks of proteins, healthy fats and a source of energy like carbohydrates,” Lauren Brauer, a Registered Licensed Dietitian with Dell Children’s Hospital said.


Winton Wheeler, father of two, said his oldest daughter starts acting “a little more hyper” when she’s not eating something with variety, like fruits, vegetables to some sort of protein. This year, he says he wants his children to play a more hands on role in making their school lunches.


If your kids are picky eaters, try and include them in the food making process.

“The more we get kids involved in choosing, the more likely they are to enjoy it,” Brauer said. She also explains how Omega 3s are good brain food, and can be an easy add in to everyday favorites. Fatty fish is a good place to start, but don’t forget the “plant sources like chia seed, flax seeds and walnuts. Those can be easily sprinkled into cereals, yogurt and salads.”


“The gold standard for parents to remember is that they are the ones that are ultimately in charge of deciding of what to feed their kids,” Brauer said.

Brauer added if parents make something a positive experience, like eating and making healthy meals together, the more likely children will to enjoy it.