Nutrition NotesStart with Breakfast- For the most important meal of the day try to include at least 2 food groups; whole grain cereal with low fat milk, fruit and “light” yogurt, an English muffin with peanut butter or even a trail mix with dried fruit and nuts. Add another food group; a banana to cereal or the English muffin, or low fat granola to the yogurt for even more staying power.Be Involved- Healthy eating is important for the whole family; parents can be good role models for children and vice versa. Children involved with meal planning and preparation are more likely to try new foods and take ownership of their own nutritional status.Small Changes- Many people have an “all or nothing” approach to eating healthy. It is important to remember that all foods can fi t into a balanced diet; the key to success is portion control and moderation. Focus on fruits and veggies, low fat dairy, lean meats, beans and whole grains.Think Before You Drink- Children and adults alike are drinking a significant amount of their calories. Soda and other sugar sweetened beverages are a more frequent choice than milk or water in many homes. In one 16 oz. soda there are 44 g or 11 teaspoons of sugar!Snack Smart-
Make sure your snacks are really packing a punch: include at least 2 or 3 food groups; try celery, peanut butter and raisins; crackers and low fat cheese with apple slices; or nachos with baked tortilla chips, salsa and reduced fat cheddar. Try new combinations, be creative!Safety First-
Hand washing is essential for everyone involved with food preparation as well as before eating, after using the bathroom and after sneezing or coughing. Also be sure to thaw frozen foods properly (not on the counter!) and reheat leftovers so that they are hot throughout.It’s About Lifestyle-
Change and results take time. Make health a priority for your household. Find ways to incorporate physical activity into your family’s day. Create a positive food environment by encouraging participation in cooking, eating together, and not using food as a reward.