Ok so this month has seen the return of the children back to school and back to routine. Homework’s, dinners, sports, youth clubs, it is all go, for the youngsters (and us parents). Here we have a few little tips to get the children eating healthy while on a busy schedule.

1. Start the day with a healthy breakfast. It fuels the body and provides energy for the day.

Breakfast is certainly the most important meal of the day. We recommend eating fruit, eggs, porridge, etc a high fibre breakfast to keep them going to break time at school.

2. Let kids help you plan and prepare the meal.

This way they will be more open to trying new things and eating their meals fully.

3. Eat together as a family as often as possible.

Not only does this develop the child's table manners but also their social skills and enjoying meals as a family is a big part of their development.

4. Take time eating, and chew slowly. It takes 20 minutes for the brain to tell the body that you are full.

5. Eat more vegetables and fresh fruits.

Aim for a total of 2 cups of fruit and 2 1/2 cups of vegetables each day.

6. Eat more whole grains.

Examples include oats, brown rice, rye, and whole-wheat pasta. Try to eat at least 3 ounces of whole grains each day.

7. Drink plenty of fluids.

Choose water, low-fat or nonfat milk, and low-calorie beverages.

8. Serve a variety of foods and serve food in small portions.

Here in the UK, we seem to suffer from piling up the plates so full we can not enjoy our meals fully. Portion control is the biggest factor of weight gain, so smaller portions will keep us healthier and less likely to gain pounds.

There we have it, a few tips to keep in mind while getting back into the school routine.