The Good Nutrition Reading List

Pixmac000076270959A list was published by  www.nationalnutritionmonth.org that describes books and websites that provide timely and scientifically-based nutrition information you can trust for parents and children. The publications listed below are perfect for children and teens. Since March is National Nutrition Month and Reading Month we thought what a great way to combine the two.

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Nutritional Tips for Breastfeeding Moms

almonds-curb-cravingsMarch is National Nutrition Month. All month we will be providing you with great information about healthy eating and physical activity. This article from http://www.choosemyplate.gov provides some great healthy eating/living tips for moms who are breastfeeding. It’s important to get the right vitamins and nutrients when breastfeeding your baby. The tips below will help you understand what is needed each day.

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Health Versus Healthy Body Image

healthy-kidsLeading a healthy lifestyle impacts every aspect of a child’s life from body image, mood, energy, and school performance. It’s important to not obsess over your child’s weight and talk negatively, as this could affect your children by making them feel insecure about themselves. There are five main ways to help your children develop body-positive attitudes and healthy behaviors:

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How To Get Your Kids To Eat A Healthy Breakfast

breakfast4006019a853fb015427554368Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for everyone, especially children and adolescents. It gives you energy to get through the longest part of the day after the body has been at rest (sleep) for 8-10 hours overnight.

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5 Tips to Get Kids to Eat Healthy Foods

Oatmeal breakfast cereal with berriesAs anyone with a fussy eater knows, getting our kids to eat the right foods can be difficult at best. But developing healthy eating habits at an early age is extremely important. Proper eating habits help kids maintain a healthy weight and normal growth, and it lays the foundation for healthy habits as an adult (WebMd). So what do you do when all the bribes and threats and pleas simply don’t work? Here are 5 ideas:

1) Set A Schedule

According to Parents Magazine, kids need to eat every 3 to 4 hours (“15 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Better” by Julie Burns, R.D). Ms. Burns suggests 3 meals and 2 snacks at regular times. This keeps the kids from getting cranky. She also finds that carrying a cooler with healthy snacks and water when in the car helps avoid the need for fast food.

2) Cook One Meal

Don’t cook 2 separate meals (one for the kids and one for the adults). Ms. Burns feels that over time the kids will start to copy the parents, and eat what they’re eating. Model healthy eating habits.

3) Get Everyone Involved

Involve the kids in the cooking process, as much as possible. I taught Family & Consumer Science to 7th & 8th graders for a couple of years. It’s amazing how much more likely kids are to try something new when they were involved in the decision of what to eat, and the preparation. (It’s also a great opportunity to teach a little about how to read labels, follow directions, etc.). And a lot of the fond memories my students shared were of those spent in the kitchen with mom or grandma.

4) Make Dinner Time Special

Ann Cooper and Lisa M. Holmes (“10 Ways to Get Kids to Eat Healthier” www.life.gaiam.com) suggest making dinner time special. Every once in a while let the kids set the table with a tablecloth, good glassware, etc. And be sure the kids eat sitting down at a table. Encourage “family” time at dinner time.

5) Avoid Food As Rewards

Ms. Cooper and Ms. Holmes also recommend that food not be used as punishments, rewards, or bribes, and not punishing kids for not eating certain foods. These can not only cause problems between the parent & child, but may set the stage for a less than healthy relationship with certain foods as the child gets older.

Written by: Tricia Doane, FizzNiche Staff Writer

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