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How to Keep Your Kids Healthy

  Many parents right now are wondering, "what is the best way to protect my child from COVID and other illnesses as they return back to school or into social situations?" At Play Therapy Connection, we are a big believer that immune system health begins with the gut. Eating healthy, whole foods can be used to stabilize the immune system and protect your child's body against illness. Another important aspect is keeping sugar intake, especially artificial or added sugar, to a minimum. An added bonus of limiting sugar is this can support your child's brain health as well and can help decrease challenging behaviors. Here are some healthy snacks you can pack in your child's lunch:
  • Healthy fats: Almonds, cashews, pecans, peanut/almond butter (check with your school guidelines if packing peanuts), avocados, and dark chocolate for dessert!
  • Berries are a great source of antioxidants: raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries... all the berries!
  • Sweet potato toast can be a fun option with healthy/fun toppings! Click here for ideas 
  • Lean, healthy protein such as healthy chicken nuggets, turkey wraps, or lean beef
  • Seafood like tilapia and salmon are always great, but if your child doesn't like seafood, they still may like this coconut shrimp recipe (it's a favorite with my 3 year old)
While we do not claim to be nutritionists, if you're looking for more information about how to keep your child's gut and brain healthy using nutrition, we work with several Holistic Health Providers that can give you guidance for your child's specific needs.