Eating healthy is not complicated. A varied, balanced, moderate diet consisting of all five food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy) is key to healthy food decisions. Eat all the food groups in the correct portions while varying the type of food your serve from each food group.
For those of us that grew up with the Food Pyramid, toss that out the window and look at MyPlate
. MyPlate shows portion sizes on a plate. This makes the information more child-friendly because we eat off of plates, not pyramids!
It may take a while to hear it, but your family will begin to say 'thank you' for the healthy meals you took the time to create!
Let’s face it, summer may be the best time of the year for kids. No school means more time to play outside!
Don’t let summer temperatures ruin your summer fun. The more you play the more energy you burn and the more you sweat.The hotter it is the more you need to drink
.This means that you need to be eating and drinking right to make sure that you hydrated and have the energy to enjoy the summer. Make sure that you carry a water bottle, keep it full, and drink it.
Also, snacking on cold, seasonal fruits and vegetables is another way to get water and energy through the day. Add excitement to your meals by grilling vegetables like squash, peppers, mushrooms, and corn. Here is a great site
for more ideas about seasonal foods, farmer’s markets, hydration, and recipes.
A message from Nick:
"Eating healthy can be a challenge, we are constantly being bombarded by fad diets and next great weight loss plan. As Registered Dietitian, I can reassure that maintaining a proper diet is not hard as one would think. The key is to eat a balanced, varied, and moderate diet. But what does that mean?" READ MORE