Children/Families

The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)

The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)

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Child Nutrition and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines

Child Nutrition and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines

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Want to be a winner? Eat breakfast

Want to be a winner? Eat breakfast

We’ve all heard it a hundred times – “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” So why do we all skip breakfast more than any other meal? Why’s breakfast so important anyway? Well, if you eat supper at 6 p.m., then skip breakfast the next morning and don’t have lunch until noon, you’ve gone 18 hours without food. Your body is starving and that makes it harder to stay focused … and to stay awake. Kids who get proper nutrition, including a healthy breakfast, do better in school because they can pay attention and have better attendance because they aren’t sick as much as other kids. Plus, you have more energy and feel like getting out and being active, which is also important for a healthy body and brain. Breakfast isn’t just for kids either. Adults need to take time to eat in the morning, too. No excuses. Breakfast kick starts your metabolism and can actually help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. It also keeps that “drained” feeling at bay and gives you the motivation you need to get through a hectic day. Just try it. See how much better you feel when you eat breakfast. Don’t think you have time for a wholesome breakfast? It doesn’t have to be complicated. Just think ahead and keep a well-stocked fridge or pantry. If you’re crunched for time, try quick-to-grab breakfast foods, such as a whole grain cereal bar, cheese stick and apple or a yogurt, bagel and banana. Oatmeal made with milk is one of the most complete, nutritious breakfasts you can eat. Prepare oatmeal the night before and have your breakfast ready to eat when you get up in the morning. For a cold breakfast, soak 1/2 cup rolled oats in a mixture of 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup yogurt overnight for about 8 hours in the fridge. Add fresh fruit or dried fruit and nuts for added fiber and taste. For those cold mornings, make oatmeal in a slow cooker overnight. Place the recommended ratio of oatmeal to liquid (cook in milk for a richer, more nutrient-rich oatmeal) in your slow cooker before you go to bed and allow to cook for a maximum time of 7 or 8 hours. Add cut-up apples and raisins or cranberries, cinnamon and a touch of your choice of sweetener (great with maple syrup). Smoothies are a good option for an on-the-go breakfast and can be made in any number of ways to satisfy the tastes of picky-eaters. Don’t forget the milk with breakfast. Each glass contains 9 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein. It’s the top source of calcium, vitamin D and potassium in our diets. If you want something warm in the mornings, make a steamer. Heat milk on the stovetop or in the microwave and add your favorite flavor – vanilla, maple, molasses,...

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The Wellness Impact

The Wellness Impact

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