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Fall Sports Nutrition for Kids!

Fall is a busy time as school starts, but it also hallmarks many fun sports seasons—such as soccer and football. Your youth athlete needs power for quick, strong moves and endurance for practices and games. But how do you make sure that your active child gets the necessary nutrients to fuel both? Here are four nutrition tips to keep in mind.

Food Is Fuel

Farmers Markets for Families

What's your family’s biggest obstacle to healthy eating? Do you think fruits and vegetables are too expensive or just don't like the way they taste?  You know fresh produce is a perfect way to meet the recommended servings of fruits and veggies daily, so you and your family may be able to overcome these obstacles by checking out a local farmers market. Not only is the food in many instances cheaper at a farmers market, it may taste better too. When food is picked at its peak ripeness, you optimize the produce’s nutrients and flavor as well. 

Talk to the Farmer

Making the Grade at Lunchtime

Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day, but lunch also plays a critical role in children's overall health and school performance. When children skip lunch, they are likely to have trouble concentrating in the classroom, lack energy for sports and overeat on low-nutrient, after-school snacks.

Tips for Healthy Family Dinners

Did you know that kids in families who eat together are more confident, have better vocabularies, and score higher on tests? It can be tricky to schedule regular meals together, but the stronger bond your family will share is worth the effort!

Make time to eat with your family using the following tips from Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs)-the food and nutrition experts!

Quick Guide to Nutritious Meals

August is KIDS EAT RIGHT Month

As an initiative of the Foundation of the Academy of Nutition and Dietetics "Kids Eat Right" program, KIDS EAT RIGHT Month focuses on the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles for children and families.  The three core priniciples featured are:

  • SHOP SMART
  • COOK HEALTHY
  • EAT RIGHT

Along with eating healthy family meals, these principles will help improve the health of children across the country--who may be at risk of having a shorter lifespan than their parents.

Eating Healthy on a Budget

With countless fast food dollar menus, drive-thrus, and cheap microwavable meals, eating healthy on a budget may seem impossible. However, with a little strategy, you can fuel your family well without breaking the bank.

 

1. Cook!

Safe Summer Eating

    One of my favorite money saving tips for those wanting to eat healthier but stay within their budget is to purchase seasonal fruits and vegetables. Thankfully, summer offers a variety of beans, peas, peppers, greens, berries, melons, and so much more. With the excitement of fresh produce, it can be easy to forget the importance of food safety. We often attribute food-borne illness to meats, seafood, or mayonnaise-based dishes that have been sitting out of their safe temperature zones for long periods of time, but fruit and vegetables are quite capable of making us ill as well.

Eating and Exercise

By Audrey Kessler, RD, LDN
 

Summer is approaching! So, getting back into a regular exercise routine may be on your To Do list. Here are some basic tips to get you started. 

 

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