Smart Snacking

Celebrate National Nutrition Month with these smart snacking tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics!

Snacks can play an important role in meeting kids’ nutrient needs. Choosing a variety of foods from all of the food groups will give them the energy they need between meals.

It helps to plan and portion out snacks in advance. Kids will usually only need 2 or 3 snacks daily, and these should be provided at least one to two hours before meals.

20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits & Vegetables

Is it difficult to get your fruits and veggies in for the day? Check out these creative ways to add color, flavor, and texture into your daily diet via the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics!

1. Variety abounds when using vegetables as pizza topping. Try broccoli, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini.

2. Mix up a breakfast smoothie made with lowfat milk, and frozen fruit - try strawberries and banana, or mango with pineapple or peach.

3. Make a veggie wrap with roasted vegetables and low-fat cheese rolled in a whole-wheat tortilla.

Nutrition Tips for Kids

I know it’s rough! What if I promised you that it was easier than you thought and well worth it to pack your own nutrients up in a cute little bento box? I usually pack my boys' lunches in less than 5 minutes. Truth! I do plan it out and prep beforehand, which does take a bit more time, but once I have some of the following washed and cut in my fridge, placing them in the separate compartments in their lunchboxes is easy. Put on your favorite music. Slice, dice and know that your children’s body will thank you! 

Eat Right! 20 Nutrition Tips

Celebrate National Nutrition Month with these 20 health tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics!

1. Eat Breakfast - Start your day with a healthy breakfast that includes lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Try making a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, low-fat cheese, salsa and a whole wheat tortilla or a parfait with low-fat plain yogurt, fruit and whole grain cereal.