Wednesday, October 14

SNACKTIME: Fall into Healthy Habits

Children are getting excited about being healthy and doing what's right! It feels good when we make smart food choices. Use today as your starting point to a healthier life for you and your family, and start planning to eat healthy!
 
Eat for energy and health - Start with breakfast! Children who eat breakfast do better at school, satisfy hunger, and fuel the brain until lunch time.
 
Apples are easy, make a great snack, and are available all year long.
 
Take time to plan ahead. We make smarter food choices when we take the time to plan meals and snacks.
 
Have a healthy snack after school.
 
Exercise! Our bodies need to move. Jump! Run! Stretch!  
 
Aim for lots of color from a variety of plant-based foods: green beans, yellow squash, orange carrots, blue berries, red tomatoes.
 
Limit sugary and super salty foods.
 
Take time to stay hydrated! Hot, humid days and outdoor activities increase our fluid needs. Start with water.
 
Habits become easier with practice.

You can do it!
 
Contributed by Leslie K. Kay-Getzinger, MS, RD
                          Regional Dietitian for Nutrition Management Services
Image by Urban Woman

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