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Friday, September 19, 2014 10:00 am

Healthy Options for the College-bound Care Package

Well, it’s mid-September, and for some, the house is quieter and the tearful ‘Good-byes’ are a not too distant memory. Could it be that you have a family member who is away from home attending college? If so,  consider putting together a care package capable of turning an average day of classes into one of the best memories ever. Be creative and fun. Let your loved one know that you are thinking of them and their new friends. Care packages do double-duty when shared 🙂
So…what should you send?

My nutrition mantra is simple: variety and moderation. I typically select items such as: dried fruits, nuts, baked grain pretzels or crackers, yogurt-covered raisins, granola bars containing fruit and nuts, trail mix and instant low sugar oatmeal. The key is to mix it up from package to package while keeping the box size to approximately 11 x 8 x 6 or smaller. 

Note: These types of food are dense so the package weight will quickly add up. 

And…what about sweets?        
It is important to encourage your student to continue making healthy food choices. Including a healthier version of a favorite treat is a smart way to satisfy a sweet tooth while still being health conscious. Try these recipes for Oatmeal Pumpkin-Spice Cookies or Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies from  HealthHub from Cleveland Clinic for a sure to please surprise treat!
The finishing touch…
Adding something fun, such as art work by a younger sibling or parent, in addition to a cheerful, light-hearted note, may perhaps help your student feel connected and nurtured despite the distance.  A well-planned care package is food for the mind, body and soul.