What can I eat while I’m waiting for tea?

You’re just back from the school run, having traipsed through the rain with umpteen bags. You need a cuppa and some dry clothes. But the kids are already asking “What can I eat while I’m waiting for tea?”.

It’s when most of us grab the biscuit tin, or a packet of crisps, or some kind of dried-fruit snack for them. When you’re spinning plates – work, laundry, groceries, homework, pets, family commitments, cooking, budgeting – it can feel like a challenge too far to worry about rustling up a healthy snack at this point in the day.

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How to avoid the ‘after-school grumps’

When a new school term starts, the children are quickly back into the swing of long days of learning, burning through their energy reserves with gusto. All without your watchful eye on their blood-sugar levels and ability to focus. More often than we’d like, our children come home from school on their last legs. The whining starts at pick-up, and carries on right through ‘til tea, with repeated requests for sugary treats…

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Can your child focus after lunch?

It’s 2pm on a regular school day, and your child is part-way through a numeracy class. They had sandwiches, crisps, and a yoghurt at 12pm… But now it’s time to concentrate (on times tables) and they’re losing focus. Another 20 minutes and they’ll have stopped paying attention to the teacher. And by 3:20pm, chances are they’ll be cranky and starting to act up. The culprit? It could be the contents of their lunch box.

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