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Healthy Eating Tips
- Eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. Buy local products when they are in season. They will be fresher and tastier!
- Buy whole grain cereals, whole grain bread, oatmeal, or brown rice.
- Avoid processed foods, snack cakes, etc.
- Encourage children to drink water, in place of sugary sports drinks, soda, and even fruit juices.
- Small servings of nuts or pretzels are a healthier alternative to potato chips. (Never give whole nuts to toddlers, or to individuals known to be allergic to nuts)
- Drink 18-20 oz. of milk or yogurt a day. Dairy is an excellent source of Vitamin D, Calcium, and protein… and has been shown to help people to lose weight!
- Limit fast food intake to one time per week or less!
- Spices are OK! Healthy food doesn’t need to be tasteless (just don’t overdo it on the salt).
- Add vegetables to other cooked foods: broccoli to mac and cheese; squash/peppers/corn to tomato sauce.
- Sprinkle fresh or dried fruit on salads to make them palatable to children.