Healthy Back to School on Your Budget

Cent$ible Nutrition News • August 2020 • Volume 23 | Number 6

Going back to school this year may look and feel a little different, but some things remain the same, like staying healthy and sticking to your budget. This month’s newsletter offers some ideas for taking some of the stress out of preparing for the start of a new school year.

Sticking to Your Budget

The return to school can make your family’s schedule hectic. Plan meals for the week ahead of time so you don’t have to rely on more expensive convenience food or eating out. Check out our 2-week menu plan for ideas.

Create your own cleaning supplies. Cleaning and sanitizing surfaces is so important, especially now. Make your own sanitizing spray weekly to keep your home safe. 

Consider enrolling your child in school breakfast and lunch. If your family qualifies for SNAP, your child can receive free school lunch. If your family doesn’t qualify for SNAP, your child may still be eligible to receive reduced-cost lunch at school. Both options can add a little more to your home food budget. Tune into our Facebook page on August 19th at 10 AM for a Live discussion with the Wyoming Department of Education about the school lunch program in Wyoming.

Join CNP classes online to learn more about budgeting and menu planning!

Healthy Back to School

Think fruits and vegetables for snacks after school. Keep whole, fresh fruits, like apples and bananas, on the table or countertop. Canned fruit in light syrup or 100% juice makes a great shelf-stable option. Sliced or cut fruits and vegetables, like melon, carrots, and celery should be kept in the refrigerator. Try cutting them ahead of time and portioning them into single serving sizes.

Mix up some easy dips, like hummus or apple yogurt dip, to go with your fruits and vegetables. Check your CNP cookbook for other dip recipes.

Boost fiber with whole-grain crackers or bread. Pair with low-fat cheese, peanut butter, or hummus.

Try smoothies. They are quick to make and you can add fruit you have on hand. Try adding a handful of spinach or kale for some extra vegetables.

Add fruit to plain or vanilla low-fat yogurt for a sweet, simple snack.

Check out our featured recipes for other healthy, low-cost snack ideas.

Looking for more tips like these? Join the Cent$ible Nutrition Program!

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August's Feature Recipe

Peaches with cottage cheese and raisins on blue patterned plates

Eagle’s Nest

This fast snack is easy to pull together and is fun for kids to make on their own. Peaches provide a burst of sweetness that mixes perfectly with the creaminess of the cottage cheese or yogurt. 

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* The Cent$ible Nutrition Program is funded by USDA SNAP-Ed and EFNEP. SNAP-Ed assists individuals and families who receive, or are eligible to receive, benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). EFNEP assists families and youth with limited resources  in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behaviors necessary for nutritionally sound diets and contributes to their personal development and the improvement of total family diet and nutritional welfare. Visit our income-qualification page to learn more. 

This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. This material was funded by USDA’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program-EFNEP. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Issued in furtherance of extension work, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kelly Crane, Director, University of Wyoming Extension, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming Extension, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming 82071.

The University of Wyoming is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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