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.