March is National Nutrition Month and so we're celebrating the last week of March by collaborating with 4 other awesome Kids and Family Nutrition experts! Follow along all this week on Instagram to read great nutrition tips for you and your kiddos.
Every year, October rolls around bringing with it candy corn and peanut butter cups. This then transitions into a season of pumpkin and pecan pies followed by holiday cookies. It is possible to let children enjoy the treats of the season while still maintaining their health, wellness and balance. These practical tips for a healthy holiday season can help you navigate this season of kids and treats.
Is juice healthy for kids? As a certified nutrition counselor, I feel that juice should be consumed more as a treat than as a liquid to be sipped on throughout the entire day. Even juice that is labeled “100% Fruit Juice” is high in sugar, lacks fiber and has played a part in the rise of the childhood obesity epidemic. Children can consume many calories from juice without ever feeling full due to the fact juice does not increase satiety levels (how full you feel).
Looking for excitement with Nomsters? You know soon... SCHOOL will be OUT FOR THE SUMMER?! If you are seeking summer fun for kids, try visiting a local farm. You might be surprised to learn that food and plant production engages kids in fascinating ways. Most of the youngsters know our food hits the grocery market shelves or local outdoor markets. But how does it get there? No matter how many stories or books you present to little minds, finding a farm can have substantial educational and tactile benefits in fostering healthy eating habits and food awareness. It’s also a fun family day trip!
There is a big difference between WHOLE grains and REFINED grains. Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel- the bran, germ, and endosperm. Refined grains have been processed, thus removing the bran and germ. Manufacturers do this to give grain foods a finer texture and improve their shelf life. The processing and refining of grains strips them of their fiber, iron and many vitamins and nutrients. Eating too many foods containing refined grains can lead to heart disease, diabetes and high levels of blood fats called triglycerides. That's why whole grains are great for kids, and refined grains should be avoided.