Variety is the spice of life when it comes to vegetables! There are thousands of different vegetables out there but only a few make most Americans plates. Vegetables add flavor and texture to meals. Eating a variety of different colors of vegetables exposes your body to lots of nutrients to keep you healthy and strong.
What kind of vegetables have you been eating during this time of social distancing? Our family loves spinach in our smoothies, fresh green beans made in the insta pot and carrots for a yummy crunchy snack!
Stay safe and eat well!
Research proves that kids eat and drink what their caregivers eat and drink. This is a big advantage and also a big responsibility.
During this time of a lot of family togetherness, there is opportunity to model healthy eating and activity choices. #2 can be done with local grocery pick up or by having your kids help make a list before an adult goes to the grocery store.
Stay safe and eat well!
This week National Nutrition Month focuses on learning skills to create tasty meals. Learning new ways to cook and using new ingredients to make meals allows eating to be exciting and improves the variety of nutrients you expose your body to. This week I challenge you to try a new recipe or food that you have been curious about. It might just end up being a family favorite!
March is National Nutrition Month! This year the theme is ‘Eat Right Bite by Bite’. The first week is focused on eating a variety of nutritious foods every day. What kind of healthy foods do you eat regularly?
I like that this week also talks about enjoying your food and being mindful when eating. A lot of times we are rushed when eating which is not good for digestion and will also more likely lead to overeating.
Happy National Nutrition Month!
Nutrition and physical activity are both very important for our bodies to feel and function their best. We are blessed in the northwoods for many opportunities for physical activity even during the snowy, colder months of the year. When we are active we build muscle, breath deeper and release happy hormones.
Leave a comment about your favorite outdoor winter sport or activity?
Frustrating mealtimes? Worried your child is gaining weight too quickly or not enough? Tired of having ‘food fights’ with your kids? I am here to tell you that there is another way and it is possible to enjoy feeding your child(ren)! Check out Ellyn Satters website or books for information on how to feed your child.
Easily serve a home cooked meal by using the crock pot! This recipe can be adapted to what spices and veggies your family likes. Leftover chicken can be used to start another meal like chicken sandwiches or chicken salad. The bones can be boiled to make chicken stock for soups or to be used in other recipes.
What is your favorite crock pot recipe?
Fruits are full of powerful nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and energy. Not to mention very tasty! Be sure to utilize a variety of fruits including fresh, dried and frozen. Fruits are great for breakfast or for an afternoon pick me up.
Try this tasty yogurt dip with apples and pretzels for a great after school snack! https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/peanut-butter-honey-yogurt-dip/
What is your favorite way to serve fruit to your kids?
Water is readily available, inexpensive and the best beverage for our body. If you or your child struggle with fatigue, headaches, constipation or dry skin try drinking more water and see if you notice an improvement.
Dont love water? Try these tips to increase your water intake. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-drink-more-water#section13
Family meals - Sitting down and eating as a family not only improves nutrition, it also promotes better communication between parents and their kids. Research has shown kids that regularly have family meals are less likely to engage in ‘risky’ behaviors in their adolescent years. Make family mealtimes a priority this year.
Feeling stuck with how to fit family meals into your schedule? Reach out to Brenda, FORK Dietician, to help you come up with a plan.