March is National Nutrition Month! The theme this year is to “Eat Right with Color.” What a great way to convey getting all the foods you need – color your plate with nutrient rich foods! The 2010 Dietary Guidelines focused on children and preventing obesity. When it comes to food and nutrition, even the most knowledgeable parents can use help making sure their children are eating healthy meals. I encourage parents to take time to make sure their children are getting all of the nutrients they need to grow and
thrive. Visit www.kidseatright.org for shopping, cooking and eating healthy tips for families.
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently reported that children, teens and adults have diets deficient in dietary fiber, vitamin D, calcium and potassium. Here are some ways that parents can put color on their kids plate:
•Give kids whole-grain cereals for breakfast, kid-friendly “white” whole-wheat bread for sandwiches, crunchy whole-grain crackers for snacks and whole-grain pastas for dinner.
•Eat more fruits and vegetables at every meal. At breakfast, enjoy fresh or frozen berries on cereal, slices of melon or a glass of 100 percent orange juice; at lunch, serve baby carrots or sliced apples; for dinner, put brightly colored vegetables at the center of every plate.
•Most young people in America are not getting enough calcium or potassium. Fortunately, it’s easy to consume the three daily dairy servings children and teens need. Try an 8-ounce glass of low-fat milk with breakfast, lunch and dinner; yogurt parfaits for breakfast or an after-school snack; or string cheese for an on-the-go energy snack.
•Getting enough protein at every meal and snack helps kids feel satisfied after eating. Start their day with egg or bean burritos. For snacks, provide peanut butter or sliced deli meat.
Celebrate National Nutrition Month by taking care of your body and eating nutrient rich foods that are rich in color and nutrition.
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