Nutrition 101Fuel Your Engine

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!

Nutrition Nuggets

Stay cool, stay fresh

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

Taste the Rainbow Game

A tasty challenge for everyone

A little bit of healthy competition never hurt anyone! Encourage your whole family to eat different colors of fruits, vegetables and beans with our Taste the Rainbow Game.  
  • Step 1 - before the competition starts, have each family member chose what they 'win' at the end of the competition. Maybe it's a family outing to play mini golf or a trip to the community pool. Whatever it is, make sure it's something that all family members will agree to do.
  • Step 2 - create a tracking paper that lists the common colors of fruits, veggies and beans (red, orange, yellow, green, blue/purple, brown/white).
  • Step 3 - each family member uses the tracking paper to write down the name of different colorful fruits, vegetables and beans they eat in one week. The point of the game is to eat a variety of foods in a variety of colors. 
  • Step 4 - the person who tasted the most foods in all the different colors wins their designated prize!