BLOG: After shopping for school supplies, textbooks and new clothes, there is one more thing every student needs for success: nutrition! While establishing a new schedule can be difficult, it can also be another chance to start a healthy routine. Here are a few key tips for a successful start to the new school year: -Breakfast! After a night of rest, breakfast is required to fuel the brain with important nutrients. In fact, students who go to school without breakfast, have shorter attention spans, decreased memory, and a limited learning capacity. Set your child up for success by planning a stop at Stewart’s Shops! Inside, a healthy breakfast is already waiting. In the time it takes to fill up your coffee mug, students can choose from several kid-friendly and brain-powering options, including: strawberry and granola yogurt parfaits, English muffins with peanut butter, bananas, cereal and of course resealable pint-size milk refreshers. -Hydration. Summer weather isn’t over yet, and classrooms can get hot. Drinking enough fluids is crucial to student success as dehydration causes the brain to feel fatigued, disinterested and unfocused. Sending your child to school with plenty to drink is easy after stopping at Stewart’s Shops. Aside from water, ask them to pick out one or two refresher beverages that will provide them with the fluid they need for a sharp mind. My favorite choices: the Stewart’s Unsweetened Ice Tea and Low-Fat Milk Refreshers. These options are low in sugar, calories and fat, making them healthy hydration tools. -Snacks. Eating small portions consistently throughout the day is a healthy way to keep blood sugar in check. Consuming just one large meal in the middle of the day leaves students tired and worn out by mid-afternoon. Instead, send your child to school with a selection of high-fiber, high-protein snacks from Stewart’s Shops that will serve as brain food all day long. Stewart’s Shops has a wide-variety of granola and protein bars, fruit, cheese sticks and 100-calorie snacks. Look for options like these with less than 10g of sugar and at least 5g of fiber for optimal blood sugar and brain fuel. A new school year is never easy, but Stewart’s Shops makes starting a morning routine less hectic. Located in nearly every neighborhood, students can find breakfast, healthy hydration options and snacks all in one fast stop; it’s so quick you might even get there before the bell rings! -Christine Sloat MS, RD, CDN About Christine: Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, and a Master’s of Science in Applied Nutrition from The Sage Colleges in Troy. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC.